Digitech Newsletter :: July 2010

METRO Announces Internet Archive Pilot Project

InternetArchiveLogoThrough an initiative funded by the Library Services and Technology Act and the State Library of New York, METRO is pleased to announce a pilot project to help METRO libraries digitize collections with the Internet Archive. The pilot program will subsidize the digitization of approximately 600,000 pages from METRO library collections focused on metropolitan New York history and culture. Libraries will share the costs of the digitization 50/50 via the Internet Archive (see Internet Archive FAQ) with METRO. Proposals will be reviewed and chosen by METRO's Digitization Grants Review Committee.

Libraries interested in participating in this program should submit a letter of interest (not to exceed 500 words) explaining:

  • The collection of resources the library is interested in digitizing
  • The educational, cultural, and/or historical significance of the collection
  • The library's financial and staffing commitment to its portion of the project

Libraries are encouraged to apply for up to $10k in matching funds from METRO, and up to three projects will be chosen for the pilot. The letter should be co-signed by an authorized administrator at the library and/or the project manager and emailed to Jason Kucsma (jkucsma@metro.org). The deadline for letters of interest is August 15, 2010.

METRO Testing Free Web Conferencing Service For Members

image via @johanl on FlickrGetting the right people's schedules aligned for an important meeting can be impossible -- to say nothing of finding space for a meeting. To meet that challenge and encourage efficient collaboration for our members, METRO is testing a this web-conferencing service, and members are invited to use it free-of-charge. Using the Adobe Connect Pro platform, METRO members can hold online meetings where you can share presentations and multimedia right from the desktop -- all using a web browser and the Adobe Flash Player runtime (already installed on more than 98% of Internet-connected personal computers). Members can use the service for meetings, lectures, tutorials, or any other occassion where a virtual meeting is an effective alternative to challenges of scheduling face-to-face meetings.

The service will be available beginning July 15. Contact Jason Kucsma (jkucsma@metro.org) for information about reserving the online meeting space.

Seeing Standards Tool Helps Visualize Metadata Standards for Digital Collections

Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian in the Indiana University Digital Library Program, has recently published a new tool aimed at helping planners select and implement appropriate metadata standards for digital collections, According to the project description:

Each of the 105 standards listed here is evaluated on its strength of application to defined categories in each of four axes: community, domain, function, and purpose. The strength of a standard in a given category is determined by a mixture of its adoption in that category, its design intent, and its overall appropriateness for use in that category.

The standards represented here are among those most heavily used or publicized in the cultural heritage community, though certainly not all standards that might be relevant are included. A small set of the metadata standards plotted on the main visualization also appear as highlights above the graphic. These represent the most commonly known or discussed standards for cultural heritage metadata.

The tool can be downloaded as a full-color PDF, and the project also features a Glossary of Metadata Standards. View all the resources here http://bit.ly/ahzjbU

This and other digital projects resources is also linked from the METRO Digitization Libguide: http://libguides.metro.org/digitization.

Digital Collection Spotlight: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World at New York Public Library

Pharos at Alexandria (1810)Each month we take a moment to share digital collections created by METRO members. This month we look at a project funded, in part, with funds from METRO through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program.

The images were selected from the extensive files of The New York Public Library's Picture Collection specifically to enrich and supplement the study of ancient cultures in social studies, literature and arts classrooms. From almost a century of clipping and classifying images from illustrated publications and from donations into subject categories, the Picture Collection gradually added the images to its files. A wide swathe of sources range from prints resulting from the French Egyptomania unleashed by Napoleon's Expedition in 1798 to representations of masks from ancient Roman comedies in Le maschere sceniche e le figure comiche d'antichi Romani (1736) to illustrations of myths by John Flaxman (1755-1826) to Walter Crane's Arts-and-Crafts illustrations for Nathaniel Hawthorne's Wonder Book to Shell Oil's placard depictions of the Seven Wonders of the World. View the collection here: http://bit.ly/azdxsa.

Submit your library's collections and view others at digitalMETRO, an online directory of digital collections created and maintained by METRO libraries. Recommend a collection for the spotlight by emailing jkucsma@metro.org.

Digitized Culturally Sensitive Materials? Let's Talk.

Your Digitech newsletter editor is working on an independent study as the final requirement for a Graduate Certificate in Digital Information Management. The project is focused on identifying and documenting projects that have successfully managed the digitization of, and online access to, materials that might be considered culturally sensitive. For this project, I'm particularly interested in best practices for cross-institutional collaboration (libraries, archives, and museums) and how those institutions worked with stakeholders of particular collections. If you've been involved in a project that you think might serve as an interesting model or if you have a recommendation for someone I should speak with, please get in touch with me at jkucsma@metro.org.

Digitization and Emerging Tech Workshops and Events



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The best of June's Tweets from the tweetMETRO feed

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