Digitech Newsletter :: April 2010

Mastering CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) with KB Ng

Kwong-Bor NgMETRO invites you to attend our upcoming workshop, Mastering CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) on April 15th and 22nd from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Cascading Style Sheets are used by most web designers to separate a document's structure from its presentation, saving you time and improving the appearance of your site.  Instructor KB Ng will teach you how CSS works and also how to put it into practice with examples and exercises based on real world applications.

This opportunity to update and improve your web design will be offered in two parts. Participants should be familiar with basic HTML, but no programming background is needed.

Registration fees: $250 members; $150 myMETRO; $350 non-members
To register, please visit http://bit.ly/couqYA.
Or contact Laura Forshay at lforshay@metro.org, 212.228.2320 ext. 10.

METRO Digitization Grant Apps Now Available

Applications for METRO's 2010 digitization grants program are now available on the METRO website. In response to feedback from the METRO member community, METRO’s 2010 digitization grant program will be dedicated to supporting collaborative digitization projects. The purpose of the funding is to facilitate the collaboration between two or more institutions converting regionally significant non-digital materials to digital format thereby enhancing the availability of the information resources to METRO members. Additionally, this program 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. METRO has allocated $75,000 for the 2010 grant cycle. Funding is open for all types of materials including text, photographs, postcards, maps, newspapers, two- and three-dimensional objects, audio, video, etc.

NOTE: Due to a decrease in New York state funds for the Regional Bibliographic Database program, this year METRO will not support grants for Retrospective Conversion. Instead, all available funds will be distributed for digitization projects.

Download the grant application here: PDF | DOC

METRO will host a 30-minute information session webinar on April 9 at 2pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jason Kucsma.

Listen: Project & Portfolio Management for Digital Library Service

A recording of the March 8, 2010 Code4LibNYC Special Interest Group meeting is now available. The meeting featured Jennifer Vinopal and Eric Stedfeld from New York University discussing project and portfolio management for digital library services.

Listen here: Code4LibNYC - March 8, 2010 (right-click or control-click to download file)

Download slides from the presentation here.

Free Webinar on May 3: Open Source Solutions for Libraries

Join METRO for a free webinar on open source solutions for libraries on May 3, 2010 at 1pm EDT.

Library managers face new challenges and opportunities when choosing mission critical technology platforms. Increasing sophistication and adoption r ates of open source solutions for library management systems and website development tools must be acknowledged. In this webinar the nature of proprietary and open source development will be discussed. Open Source tools such as Drupal and SOPAC will be presented in the context of adopting technology platforms that enhance the ability of libraries to control development and enhance innovation. This webinar is an overview suited for library managers and a technical background is not required.

Paul Berger works with YourLibrarySite.com (YLS), a technology company focused on the use of open source web development tools. YLS is a core developer in Drupal 7 and SOPAC 2. Currently YLS is moving into cloud hosting with Amazon and Rackspace. YLS focuses on integrating open source technologies and working with library managements to leverage their technology budgets and promote innovation.

RSVP: Point your browser to http://bit.ly/cj6bq0 to RSVP for this free event.

Digital Collection Spotlight:
Historic Image Collection from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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.

As we look forward to "May Flowers," we thought it might be a good time to highlight the Historic Image Collection from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The collections consists of glass plate negatives, lantern slides, film-based negatives, and works on paper created during the first half of the 20th century. These images document all aspects of the Garden: the growth and development of the physical plant and grounds, horticultural displays, special events, gardening and education programs for adults and children, exhibits, and scientific research. Photographers include Louis Buhle, Elsie May Kittredge, Charles Stuart Gager, Norman Taylor, and Takeo Shiota (designer of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden). View the collection here:http://bit.ly/b2OVPU

Submit your library's collections and view others at digitalMETRO, an online directory of digital collections created and maintained by METRO libraries.

METRO Case Study Published in D-Lib Magazine

Librarians Jason Kucsma, Angela Sidman (CUNY, Office of Library Services), and Kevin Reiss (CUNY, Office of Library Services) recently authored a case study, "Using Omeka to Build Digital Collections," The study was published in the March/April issue of D-Lib Magazine. The study was based on the open source collection management system, Omeka, used to create digitalMETRO, a directory of digital collections created and maintained by METRO members. This paper addresses Omeka's strengths and weaknesses as a software platform for creating and managing digital collections on the web. The analysis includes an examination of original record creation and the extensibility of the system through the use of plug-ins.

Read the study here: http://bit.ly/bulE8z

Columbia Law School to Host "Digital Archives: Navigating the Legal Shoals" Symposium

On Friday, April 16, 2010, Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts will host a day-long symposium on the legal issues that can arise in digitizing archives and making them publicly available online. This symposium – directed to lawyers, archivists, librarians and educators – will focus on legal hurdles facing archives in digitizing existing works (and in collecting “born digital” materials) and making them publicly available over the internet. Leading academics, archivists and legal professionals will address a range of issues. Registration deadline is April 9, 2010. For more information and to register, see Symposium Schedule and Registration Form or go to the Kernochan Center's website at http://bit.ly/9YZq8E.

American Museum of Natural History Seeks P/T Digital Projects Manager

digitech readers may be interested in a new position opening at the American Museum of Natural History. The Digital Services Manager will be responsible for the administration and maintenance of the Library web servers and all Library applications and systems, including but not limited to, the OPAC, digital repository, and Library image database.

Read the complete job description here: http://bit.ly/d3JlFI

Digitization and Emerging Tech Workshops and Events



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