Digitech Newsletter :: March 2010

Navigating Copyright Waters for Your Digital Projects

For librarians and archivists in the "Digital Age," understanding how copyright law applies to new technology is essential. During this interactive workshop, instructor Linda Tadic (NYU) will teach participants how to responsibly manage intellectual property rights for digital collections. Topics will also include how to analyze underlying and third party rights, and the use of metadata in conducting legal due diligence.

Linda Tadic consults and lectures in the areas of digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, and metadata. She is an adjunct professor in New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate degree program, teaching two core courses: Collection Management, and Access to Moving Image Collections. Ms. Tadic's over 25 years experience working with and managing audiovisual, digital, and broadcasting collections includes the positions of Manager of the Digital Library at Home Box Office (HBO), and Director of the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia. She is the past Director of Operations for ARTstor.

March 17, 2010 | 10am-4pm
Registration fees: $75 members: $60 myMETRO; $100 non-members
To register, please visit http://bit.ly/9vfWW8 or contact Laura Forshay at lforshay@metro.org, 212.228.2320 ex. 10.

METRO Digitization Grants Program to Focus on Collaboration

In response to feedback from the METRO member community in a variety of needs assessment venues, future activity in METRO's digitization grants program will be dedicated to supporting collaborative digitization projects. The purpose of the funding is to facilitate the collaboration between two or more institutions toward the conversion of significant non-digital materials to digital format thereby enhancing the quality of the region's library information resources. In keeping with the tradition of the METRO digitization grants program, this focus on collaboration will also assist members in preparing for future larger-scale collaborative digitization projects.

METRO member institutions located in New York City and Westchester County are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 to fund collaborative projects between two or more institutions. Funding is open to all types of materials including text, photographs, postcards, maps, newspapers, two- and three-dimensional objects, audio, video, etc.

Key Dates:
04.01.10: Applications available
04.09.10: Optional information session (webinar) for potential applicants
06.01.10: Applications due
09.01.10: Award notification
11.01.10: Project launch & meeting

Additional information will be announced on April 1, when the grant application is made available on the METRO website.

Semantic Web: Linking up Libraries and Beyond

In collaboration with the the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York and the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), METRO is pleased to present "Semantic Web for Librarians & Special Collections" with Corey Harper, Metadata Services Librarian from New York University.

Discovery systems and library web interfaces increasingly need to make use of metadata in a variety of formats and from myriad sources. With existing library technology, this is only possible through metadata harvesting and normalization, federated search, or some combination of the two. Both of these solutions are post-hoc, and don't scale to the growing volume of data newly becoming available. Additionally, none of the standard library methods for metadata interoperability allow re-combining fragments of metadata at a finer granularity than the metadata record. This talk will focus on the technologies, philosophies and data models underpinning the Semantic Web and will demonstrate how these principles can improve metadata interoperability across library repositories and beyond.

Looking at library metadata in a broader context and "web-ifying" it has the potential to allow libraries to more effectively re-purpose and re-use their own data and more easily integrate new data sources into our discovery environments. Additionally, publishing linked data allows others on the web to make innovative and effective use of librarian-created metadata such as controlled vocabularies and authority control schemes to allow for re-combining fragments of metadata at a finer degree of granularity than the metadata record.

Corey A Harper
has been the Metadata Services Librarian at NYU since early 2007.  Much of that time has been spent on an ILS migration, and on the implementation and upkeep of a next-generation Enterprise Search System: ExLibris' Primo. This experience has further convinced him of the need for more rigorous data modeling and the use of common web protocols to support metadata interoperability. Prior to coming to NYU, Corey was nearly-a-cataloger-but-instead-a-Metadata-Librarian, as well as a Digital Library Developer and accidentally a systems librarian at the University of Oregon.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Place: The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Skylight Room (9100, 9th Floor), 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets.
Fee: $25.00 for METRO and ART members; $40 for non-members
Registration: http://bit.ly/bcsgII

Digital Collection Spotlight:
Illustrated Covers from the Brooklyn Sheet Music Collection

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.

The Brooklyn Sheet Music Collection consists of 102 pieces of sheet music from 1869 to 1987, primarily for voice and piano, all celebrating or emanating from the borough of Brooklyn. Contents include marches written in honor of a local person or business, pieces celebrating the whole or a part of the borough, songs from shows and movies set in or about Brooklyn, and pieces from Brooklyn's early 20th-century Yiddish-language theater. View the collection here:http://bit.ly/9t8MxZ.

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

Code4LibNYC Special Interest Group to Address
Project Management for Digital Library Services

Practicing active project and portfolio management in creating products and services promises great rewards in improved communication, efficiency and productivity. The promised rewards can prove elusive, however, as attempts to standardize best practices across a department or institution can be stymied by resistance to change, differing needs, uneven experience, and a multitude of confusing tool choices. Attempting such an implementation can be daunting as it becomes difficult to know even where to begin.

Eric Stedfeld and Jennifer Vinopal will share some of their experiences with project and portfolio management as it has been applied at New York University , especially in the digital library area of NYU Libraries. Eric will present a brief framework that puts general project management principles in context. He will then provide background on some project management initiatives in NYU's information technologies and digital library environments. J ennifer will bring things up to date with the digital library group's current evolving practice, extending to portfolio management across projects and

Time: 10:00am-noon
Project Management for Digital Library Services
Location: METRO Offices: 57th E. 11th St, New York, NY  (4th Floor)
RSVP: Email co-conveners Kevin Reiss or  Joanna DiPasquale if you are planning to attend.

Digital Preservation Workshop Series Recaps Available Online

We were fortunate to have three students from Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies attend each of the three workshops in the Digital Preservation Series in November, December, and January. Each student provided a short recap of the workshop, and we have published them on the techMETRO blog.

Digitization and Emerging Tech Workshops and Events




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