Presentation on funding and financing digitisation projects given at the Museum Librarians and Archivists Group (MLAG) Conference 2015 – The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library & archive collections.
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens. It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I’m going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things. And I am biased, obviously and enormously: I’m an author, often an author of fiction. I write for children and for adults. For about 30 years I have been earning my living though my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur.
Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library. Guided by patron surveys, administrators tossed out traditional methods of library organization, turning to retail design and merchandising for inspiration. They now group books by areas of interest, combining fiction and nonfiction; they display books face-out to catch the eye of browsers; and they train staff members in marketing and customer service techniques. The library is also a Seats2meet (S2M) location where patrons are empowered to help one another in exchange for free, permanent, coworking space, and they utilize the S2M Serendipity Machine to connect library users in real-time. They also have a bustling cafe, an extensive events and music program, a gaming facility, a reading garden and more. The result? The New Library surpassed all expectation about usage with over 100,000 visitors in the first two months. It is now considered one of the most innovative libraries in the world.
In May 2014, Syracuse University Libraries began a multi-year project to transfer bound, print journals from Bird Library to the Syracuse University Libraries Facility (“The Facility”), the Libraries’ 20,000 square foot, high-density, climate-controlled scholarship storage vault and processing space located on South Campus.
The purposes of the journals migration project include:
• providing space for new books the Libraries have purchased to meet curricular and research needs;
• improving researchers’ ability to browse print collections;
• making available to students and faculty scholarly purchases worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that were warehoused within Bird Library due to lack of space;
• providing planning flexibility to develop new spaces that meet contemporary curricular demands; and
• reducing inventory capacity to a level below the professional maximum threshold.
To date, the Libraries have transferred to The Facility more than 100,000 volumes, including 7,000 journal titles, across all disciplines. By migrating these journals from Bird Library to The Facility, the Libraries will save the University more than $1.9 million within five years. Continued strategic use of The Facility helps the Libraries manage principal collections whose aggregate value exceeds $200 million. This paper reports on the progress of the Libraries’ journals migration project, provides additional context and data that led to the spring 2014 approval for the project from the provost.
A quick and dirty calculation reveals that you could print the entire internet on 136 billion pieces of standard 8-by-11 sheets of paper. Stack that many sheets of paper one on top of the other and you would get a column about 8,300 miles high! (Assuming that the average thickness of each sheet is .0039 inches.) George Harwood and Evangeline Walker, students at the University of Leicester in the UK, determined this by first estimating how many pages it would take to print every Wikipedia webpage, which came out to a staggering 70,859,865 pieces of paper.
Every year around Shakespeare’s birthday, which has also been declared World Book and Copyright Day, I see articles popping up here and there repeating some howling inaccuracies about the legal and economic concept of copyright. I get it — copyright is complex and, frankly, not all that gripping. Also, there’s that free culture movement that says all sorts of truthy-sounding things about how copyright might just be a bad thing. And we’re pro-freedom, right? On the other hand… Shakespeare!… plus all those still-alive authors I love to read, and who need to make a living.
How are cultural institutions using digital technologies to further their missions? What can we learn from talking to innovators doing this work? Like, Link, Share is a report and accompanying website released in December 2014, that highlights examples and lessons learned from legacy cultural institutions that are successfully embracing digital media in their work, whether in artistic creation and artistic programs, audience engagement activities, fund development, operations, or in all of these. Our goal is to describe the distinctive leadership and organizational capacities required for pioneering work, and to help trustees, grantmakers, and colleague institutions understand the conditions needed and actions taken for success in our increasingly digital culture. Our website, created as an active gallery examples, is also a rich resource of links to projects, social media sites, research reports, and funding information about the 40 organizations included. This work was commissioned by the Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation, and follows the Foundation Center’s important media funding report and its companion digital culture report, Molto + Media, that were published in 2013 in partnership with Media Impact Funders. Wyncote support was key to these prior research projects, reflecting its continuing interest in the health and vitality of nonprofit media. Foundation staff across the U.S., cultural policymakers, journalists, and peers helped identify the 40 field leaders that our report examines and the website includes. During summer 2014, site visits to eight of these organizations were made in order to see the work first hand, talk with organizational leaders, and learn what conditions are fueling their innovations. For other organizations included, we made shorter visits, talked by phone, or learned about their work from public sources.
This year, as we celebrate National Library Week, April 12 – 18, it is important to realize that libraries not only engage, but also transform their communities, especially during times of emergency, when libraries are often the glue that holds communities together. A dramatic illustration of this was displayed in Ferguson, Missouri during August and November 2014, following the announcement of a Grand Jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
When local schools were closed, the library became an “ad hoc school on the fly” where students were taught by “working and retired teachers” and other volunteers. The library remained open and provided space for teachers to hold classes. Library staff went even further by creating special programming and educational experiences for the students. It also supported its community by hosting the U.S. Small Business Administration so it could provide emergency loans, the office of the U.S. Secretary of State to provide document recovery and preservation services and the Missouri Department of Insurance to help local businesses file for insurance and claims. In addition, the library staff supported the children of Ferguson by circulating “healing kits,” which included books, stuffed animals and activities to help them cope with the unrest in their community.
Contrary to the narrow, old-fashioned view that pigeonholes them as places to check out books, libraries often fill the gap when other community agencies break down.
Planning a trip, want to visit some libraries but not sure where you should go? Wonder no more! Your colleagues from the IFLA Public Libraries Section are busily compiling the ultimate guide for Librarians 1001 libraries to see before you die. Our online initiative aims to bring together best practice examples of public library buildings and spaces from around the world. It will also include links to relevant websites and other resources. The concept for this fun project was the brainchild of our member Anette Mjoberg (that’s her with the glasses, directly behind clapping Annie in the photo above )- little did she know what she was starting?!!!!!
It’s mid-April and so many things are wrapping up. Most of my class projects have been turned in. I’m calculating the last hours I owe at each graduate assistantship. I just landed my first professional position! And—maybe most excitingly—one of my largest projects, the 2015 Symposium on LIS Education just happened last weekend. I’m finding myself with more free time (thank you, Lord) but also more anxiety about the future of my career. Why not take a minute to look in the rear view mirror and reflect on the past instead of getting caught up on the “what ifs” of the future? I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. Because I am the only graduate student voice on ACRLog right now, I feel an obligation to speak to graduate students’ needs and concerns. Thus, I thought I would write a short reflection on what I have learned in graduate school—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Fair warning: my experience in no way represents all LIS students’ experiences. My hope is that this reflection will give those just starting an LIS program or thinking about starting one some information about what it was like and what I might do differently if I had the chance. Hindsight is 20/20 so why shouldn’t we give others the space to learn from our misunderstandings and mistakes?
Victor Henning, Mendeley’s CEO and Elsevier’s VP of Strategy, did heavy outreach to the open science community
In 2013, when Victor Henning announced that his six-year-old startup Mendeley would be acquired by one of the world’s biggest media companies, he knew there would be blowback. He just couldn’t have anticipated how bad it would get. “Seeing that some of our most vocal advocates thought we had sold them out felt awful,” Henning said recently over a tea in Amsterdam, where Elsevier, Mendeley’s parent company, is headquartered. Launched in 2007 by Henning and two friends at graduate school, Mendeley built an unlikely but very useful piece of software—think a variation on Evernote combined with Facebook—aimed at helping researchers organize their papers, annotate them, and share them with each other. It swiftly took the academic world by storm. Researchers loved the ability to search for and in some cases access papers from journals they didn’t subscribe to—a small protest against the billion-dollar industry that critics insist serves as a gatekeeper to the world’s scientific findings. Within a few years, Mendeley had become an icon of the “open science” movement.
Two recent papers examine the growth of peer-to-peer sharing of journal articles. Guilliame Cabanac’s Bibliogifts in LibGen? A study of a text-sharing platform driven by biblioleaks and crowdsourcing (LG) is a statistical study of the Library Genesis service, and Carolyn Caffrey Gardner and Gabriel J. Gardner’s Bypassing Interlibrary Loan via Twitter: An Exploration of #icanhazpdf Requests (TW) is a similar study of one of the sources for Library Genesis. Both implement forms of Aaron Swartz’s Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, a civil disobedience movement opposed to the malign effects of current copyright law on academic research. Below the fold, some thoughts on the state of this movement.
In the years leading up to WWII, the French built the Maginot Line as an impregnable barrier against a German invasion:
While the fortification system did prevent a direct attack, it was strategically ineffective, as the Germans invaded through Belgium, going around the Maginot Line.
Copyright maximalists such as the major academic publishers, are in a similar position. The more effective and thus intrusive the mechanisms they implement to prevent unauthorized access, the more they incentivize “guerilla open access”.
With Afghanistan’s educated class growing rapidly over the past decade while education resources remain scarce, there is an increasing need for a functioning public library system, AAN’s Qayoom Suroush argues. However, the only public library of Afghanistan’s capital – at the same time standing in for a non-existent national library – is not even close to functioning. The Kabul Public Library has a random collection of donated, often outdated books, no development budget and un-trained staff. Qayoom Suroush, who has tried several times to use the library for his university and AAN related research (with little success), has looked into why national and international attempts at increasing literacy in the country have not included the renovation and upgrading of public libraries. This should be a logical consequence of addressing illiteracy and raising education levels, he says.
Stanford University Libraries is happy to introduce EarthWorks, our new geospatial data discovery application. EarthWorks is a discovery tool for geospatial (a.k.a. GIS) data. It allows users to search and browse the GIS collections owned by Stanford University Libraries, as well as data collections from many other institutions. Data can be searched spatially, by manipulating a map; by keyword search; by selecting search limiting facets (e.g., limit to a given format type); or by combining these options. Data are available from numerous research institutions across the United States covering a vast array of subjects and base layer information. Thousands of datasets in vector and raster format have been described at the individual layer level allowing for easy searching and retrieval. [Our emphasis] You will find both public and restricted data. The restricted data are tied to the institution that holds the content.
Hsia Jian Li of Queens browsed at the Bayside library branch in 2011. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times
Suppose you guess where people spend at least some of their time in the city. For instance, what attractions draw the most visitors?
- A. Major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Museum or Museum of the City of New York.
- B. Libraries, including the neighborhood branches and research centers.
- C. Performing arts, like those at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, City Center and Snug Harbor.
- D. Sports teams like the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Jets and Giants.
- E. Natural-world attractions: the botanical gardens, Wave Hill, the zoos and aquariums.
Lots of people buy tickets for sports, even if they don’t always show up. Last year, the Yankees listed attendance as 3.4 million; the Mets, 2.14 million. At Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, the two basketball teams and the Rangers hockey team brought in a total of 2.2 million. The two professional football teams in northern New Jersey drew 1.3 million.
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