Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NASIG assumes management of Serialist

NASIG has has announced that they have assumed management of the longstanding listserv SERIALIST.

The full text of the announcement is available at via the NASIG blog.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications

In June the Library of Congress released Recommended Formats Specifications to assist in its acquisitions process. These recommendations were developed with the idea of long-term preservation in mind and take on the analog as well as the digital. They cover six categories of creative works: Textual Works & Musical Compositions, Still Image Works, Audio Works, Moving Image Works, Software & Electronic Gaming & Learning, and Datasets/Databases.

While the primary purpose of these recommendations is to provide internal guidance at the Library of Congress, it will also serve as a best-practices guide to the library and related communities to help ensure long-term preservation of creative works. And do bear in mind that while these are recommended formats, it doesn't necessarily mean that other formats should be excluded. It merely identifies those that have the best potential for long-term access.

Check out the Press Release here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

10 Things to Buy with TS-SIS Preservation $150.00 Contest Money

Here are 10 things you can buy with TS-SIS Preservation 3rd Annual Worst Book $150.00 Contest Money:

1.    Water alarm
2.    Moisture resistant boxes
3.    Interleaving papers and tissues
4.    Cutters and trimmers
5.    Mount making tools
6.    Aprons
7.    Gloves
8.    Transport cart
9.    Display products
10.  Disaster kits and components

Preservation Committee members are on standby. We are eager to see your picture. Send your picture to mw960@law.georgetown.edu before/by July 1. Deadline extended to July 7!

Complete details about the contest can be found here.

Thank you,

Maxine Wright 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Survey

The following is posted on behalf of the OBS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant Committee:
Please complete this survey about the OBS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant. It will take only 5 minutes of your time and your input will help in planning for the future of the Grant. Deadline is Friday, June 27, 2014.
The link to the survey is:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3KNYQW9
Thank you!
OBS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant Committee
Kerry Skinner (Chair)
Frederick Chan
Merri Hartse
Ellen McGrath
Victoria Sukhol

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Digital Preservation Reading List

Interested in developing a digital preservation plan, but not quite sure where to start? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The Northeast Document Conservation Center has recently developed a Digital Preservation Reading List. This annotated bibliography was developed “to acquaint you with the challenges associated with developing a digital preservation plan and repository, and successful strategies for overcoming those challenges.”

The bibliography begins with a broad overview of digital preservation needs. It then delves into specifics such as strategies, frameworks, file formats, metadata, curation, and more. It also takes into consideration some of the ambiguity in terminology and includes items on specific types of digital archives and repositories (such as Institutional Repositories, Subject-Based Repositories, and Research Repositories).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Data Management: How Far Have We Come?

Data management is rapidly becoming a hot topic in libraries, especially with the announcement of the Big Data Research and Development Initiative in 2012. What many of us don’t realize is that the foundation for this initiative was laid in 2003 with the publication of a report by the National Institute of Health on the sharing of research data. In the years since there has been an explosion of data and federal agencies have been developing data management plans as well as sharing requirements to expand access to it. Even with these advances we still struggle to preserve and make accessible the results of federally-funded research.

The Library of Congress’ blog The Signal has recently published a two-part series that delves into the history of the federal government’s data management practices and looks into the resulting tools and services that have been developed to meet federal requirements. While we're moving in the right direction, this is really only the tip of the iceberg.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ALA State of America's Libraries Report

On April 14, the American Libraries Association released its report on the State of Amercia's Libraries. This report expresses a high level of frustration with the state of e-books and e-book delivery. Nancy K. Herther has done an excellent write-up on several of the issues involved here.

There's also been some excellent news items about altmetrics and some great new resources when it comes to images -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art released almost 400,000 images online for non-commercial use. Also, if you've not seen it, the online journal Hybrid Pedagogy has been providing a platform for great new articles on how modern resources can be integrated and used in the classroom. Check it out!