Digitech Newsletter :: February 2010

METRO Catalog Goes Digital, Interactive

The METRO Course Catalog is your guide to all of the courses, seminars, and other professional development opportunities available every season from the Metropolitan New York Library Council. And now it’s going green!

Beginning this year, METRO Course Catalogs will be distributed in electronic format for instant access to the information you need and quick links for easy online registration. We’re reducing our carbon footprint while making it easier than ever for you to take advantage of METRO learning programs. Download the interactive online catalog here: http:bit.ly/METROSP10

New York Public Library Releases Beta Map Rectifier

NYPL's recently released "map warper" toolkit presents a unique opportunity for the library and its global community of users. Warper crowdsources the rectification of digitized maps in the NYPL digital collection -- allowing users to overlay historic maps onto more precise maps we're used to seeing/using these days. Visitors are invited to either browse rectified maps or view the short 10-minute tutorial and help rectify some maps on their own.

"The great thing about the warper is that it represents an attempt by NYPL to really collaborate with the public to offer more sophisticated access to its collections," said Josh Greenberg, Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship at NYPL. "There's no way we would be able to rectify all of our digitized maps ourselves, and this 'crowdsourced' model promises a way for users to both get more engaged with the collections AND contribute their work back."

The warper toolkit is also being used to recify maps for relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti: http://maps.nypl.org/relief/. We could say more, but you really should just sign up and engage the toolkit here: http://maps.nypl.org/warper/.

METRO to Host Library Tech Pecha Kucha

METRO_PECHAKUCHAPecha Kucha (pronounced in three syllables like "pe-chak-cha) is a an exciting presentation format that provides an efficient and entertaining platform for sharing information with an audience. The format is simple. Presenters are allowed 20 slides, which automatically advance every 20 seconds for a 6 minute, 40-second presentation. METRO's first Pecha Kucha event (March 11, 5:30-7:30 at METRO's Training Center) will focus on "library technology" and provide METRO members with the opportunity to showcase projects, concepts, ideas they'd like to share with other librarians in the city.

This evening event will also feature refreshments and an opportunity to network with other members of the METRO community. This event is offered free-of-charge for METRO and myMETRO members as a way to share information among institutions and individuals in the METRO membership. Click here to register for this free event (required): http://bit.ly/aNyuZu.

If you are interested in presenting at this event, please contact Jason Kucsma.

Digital Collection Spotlight:
Picturing the Museum: Education and Exhibition
at the American Museum of Natural History

Each month we take a moment to share digital collections created by METRO members. Recommend a collection for the spotlight by emailing jkucsma@metro.org.

Visual display of natural science has been a cornerstone of the mission of the American Museum of Natural History since its inception. Solidly based on the Museum's scientific exploration and research, AMNH educators, librarians and exhibition specialists have labored to make the knowledge and wonder of the naturalworld available to the public. Their efforts and those of their successors were, in turn, documented by museum staff and other photographers.

The Museum's Research Library now manages its historical photographs and is following in theMuseum's tradition of making its history and visual resources widely available for the people, for science, and for education. View the collection here: http://bit.ly/bEPmn2.

View this and more collections at digitalMETRO, an online directory of digital collections created and maintained by METRO libraries.

Special Interest Group to Address
Mobile-Friendly Websites for Libraries

The Smart Phones and Mobile Computing Special Interest Group will be convening on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, from 3:00 to 4:30 at METRO to discuss "Mobile Versions/Skins for Library Web Sites." The meeting will feature talks from Matt Benzing, Information Technology Librarian, (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY) Michael Lascarides (User Analyst, Strategic Planning, New York Public Library)

This SIG is for librarians, from all types of libraries, interested in smart phones and other emerging mobile computer technologies, and exploring innovative ways libraries can use these technologies to enhance staff workflow, provide patron services, and support patrons who use these tools. RSVP at http://bit.ly/mobilesig

New NYU Blog Connects Archives and Special Collections

The new year brought with it a new addition to the NYC library and archive blog community. The Back Table is a project of New York University's archives and special collections community aimed at strengthening the connections between NYU's archives and special collections and the communities they each serve independently.

"The blog grew out of a series of conversations between staff at NYU's special collections where we realized that we were all doing really interesting things, and grappling with many similar issues," said Hillel Arnold, Project Archivist at NYU’s Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. "In the very short time the blog has been up, we've already received several responses from people interested in donating material to our various repositories."

The blog will feature contributions from professional staff of the Fales Library and Special Collections, the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and the New York University Archives, in addition to the professional staff of library departments that handle special collections, like the Preservation Department.

Keep tabs on this and other related NYC library and archives blogs via the METRO Netvibes Universe.

Ithaka Releases Print Collections Decision-Support Tool

As part of their commitment to helping libraries maximize the management of their print collections while also ensuring long-term preservation within library systems, Ithaka S+R recently released "What to Witdraw" report. The report, concluded "that journals that are adequately digitized and preserved in digital form, contain few images, and are preserved in an appropriate number of print repositories, may be safely withdrawn from library collections without threatening their preservation."

Ithaka S+R's Print Collections Decision-Support Tool aids librarians in making decisions about their print collections based on the logic of the "What to Withdraw" report. Libraries considering deaccessioning print titles may consider using the tool as one part of the entire collection development process.

"Many librarians around the country have expressed an interest in making use of it, and following ASERL's endorsement a number of libraries have indicated plans to utilize it in their decision-making processes," said Roger Schonfeld, Manager of Research at Ithaka S+R. "I hope that as a result of this project libraries will be better able to allocate their print management resources to collections that are needed in that format, ensuring that the format migration does not threaten vital preservation needs."

Read more about and download the tool here: http://bit.ly/b70OhT 

Digitization and Emerging Tech Workshops and Events




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