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 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:
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.