Digitech Newsletter :: May 2010

Planning and Managing Digital Library Projects at METRO

Join METRO for "Planning and Managing Digital Projects" on Monday, May 17th and leave with a better understanding of digital projects and how to handle them. This six-hour workshop will cover all aspects of digital project planning, including process development, project planning, and identifying resources. Instructor Laurie Gemmill will also address plan implementation, discussing topics such as quality control, collaboration and evaluation. Whether you are interested in launching or in maintaining a digitization project, this program will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make your project a success.

This program will take place from 10:00am to 4:00pm at METRO (57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003).

Registration fees: $150 members; $100 myMETRO; $200 non-members
To register, please visit http://bit.ly/djAGMT.
Please contact Laura Forshay at lforshay@metro.org, 212.228.2320 ext. 10 with any questions.

METRO Begins Rolling Out New LibGuides Service for Members

METRO is pleased to announce a new service to METRO members aimed at providing more efficient and reliable access to professional resources. METRO LibGuides are being created to provide instant access to METROLibGuidesresearch, case studies, best practices, and other resources to help make your work easier. METRO members routinely tell us that it would be helpful to have access to vetted information resources on traditional and emerging areas of librarianship, and we hope METRO LibGuides will grow into that kind of resource.

The first stage of METRO LibGuides will involve migrating Special Interest Group (SIG) activities to the LibGuides platform from the current wiki platform -- a process we've just begun with some of the SIGs. Given the breadth and depth of experience currently shared informally between SIG participants, we thought it a natural fit to provide LibGuides as a platform for them to share resources with each other and others in the METRO membership.

Please feel free to peruse the METRO LibGuides here: http://libguides.metro.org.

Apply for METRO Collaborative Digitization Grants

As mentioned last month, 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

Review the METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant wiki here: http://digitalcollab.pbworks.com.

Lib2.0 and Digitization SIG Host Joint Meeting on May 5

F or the May 5 meeting, we will be co-convening with the Digitization SIG regarding "Next-gen-ILS." Our speaker will be John Lawson, Requirements Analyst for ExLibris, who will discuss URM (Unified Resource Manager). Please RSVP here (preferred) or to Caroline Fuchs or to Kathryn Shaughnessy if you will be attending.

NOTE: The METRO Lib 2.0 SIG is migrating information from the PBWorks wiki to a METRO Lib 2.0 LibGuide. The contents of our PBWorks Wiki plus the contents of our METRO wiki page will soon live on our new Lib 2.0 LibGuide. Within that platform we will be polling members about meeting dates an topics from next year. Please visit the LibGuide to vote on meetings, topics, and or to be added to the "active members" list on that guide.

Smart Phone & Mobile Computing SIG to Discuss Text Reference

METRO's Smart Phone and Mobile Computing Special Interest Group will meet on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, from 3:00 to 4:30 at METRO Headquarters, 57 East 11th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY.

The topic will be options for building and providing a text message reference service.  The guest speaker will be Alexa Pearce, Acting Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture & Communication, from Bobst Library, New York University.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend in-person at http://bit.ly/crfIlf

Weigh-In on Topics for the Next Virtual Reference SIG Meeting

The Virtual Reference Special Interest group convener, Stephen Francoeur, just announced the next meeting for the group as May 25, 2010 (10am-noon) at the METRO Training Center.

Vote on your preference for topics on the VR Sig LibGuide: http://libguides.metro.org/vrsig.

Digital Collection Spotlight:
Our Brooklyn from Brooklyn Public Library

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.

"Our Brooklyn" presents short histories, facts and resource lists documenting Brooklyn's vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, from Sheepshead Bay to Sunset Park, from Bushwick to Bath Beach. The collection also offer selections from the Brooklyn Collection's unique photographs illustrating the neighborhood "then and now". Though Brooklyn's neighborhoods, with their separate histories and identities, mesh to form the fabric of the borough, Brooklyn is more than an agglomeration of neighborhoods. It is formed of people, groups and institutions; hills, trees, creeks and beaches; buildings, businesses and transportation systems; natural and constructed landscapes; structures and infrastructures:http://bit.ly/dkAaJd

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

Digitization and Emerging Tech Workshops and Events


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