May 1, 2013 - Devens Commons Center, Devens, MA
Amy Rudersdorf, Assistant Director for Content, Digital Public Library of America
Butch Lazorchak, Digital Archivist, Library of Congress
I have been proud to serve on the Digital Commonwealth Executive Board the last six years, this year as Past-President. If you are interested in digital issues, this is a great conference for you!
A trio of students from the Miami Ad School—Max Pilwat, Keri Tan and Ferdi Rodriguez—have came up with an innovative concept that allows people to read the first ten pages of popular books while riding the subway.
Using near field communications (NFC) technology, commuters select the desired book from a list of popular titles and read its first ten pages—upon finishing, the reader will be informed of the closest library location from which they can pick up and read the rest of the book.
This is a simple but ingenious idea that can be adopted and adapted to encourage reading in the 21st century, when new technology is changing the way we consume books.
This will be my second favorite thing today.
Awesome strategy to keep digitization from becoming an overwhelming prospect—give priority to the books that are being requested in e-format.
Duke University Libraries say: “Starting this semester, Duke University faculty, students, and staff can request to have certain public domain books scanned on demand. If a book is published before 1923* and located in the Perkins, Bostock, Lilly, or Music Library or in the Library Service Center (LSC), a green “Digitize This Book” button will appear in its online catalog record. Clicking on this button starts the request. Within two weeks (although likely sooner), you will get an email with a link to the digitized book in the Duke University Libraries collections on the Internet Archive. You—and the rest of the world—can now read this book online, download it to your Kindle, export it as a PDF, or get it as a fully searchable text-only file. And you never have to worry about late fees or recalls!”
A thesis-writing-graduate student’s dream.
I’m reluctant to share this because I WANT IT SO BAD, but more competition makes us all better, hey?
The National Digital Stewardship Residency program, put on by the Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Institute of Museum and Library Service, is going to be nine amazing freaking months of studying and undertaking a research project focused on digital stewardship, starting in September.
From their website:
It is the hope of the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services that the NDSR program will serve the American people by developing the next generation of stewards to collect, manage, preserve, and make accessible our digital assets.
With ten open spots, the program will no doubt be competitive, but the rigorous application requirements (three letters of recommendation - two academic and one professional, transcripts, and a creative video, on top of the usual CV and cover letter) will hopefully take the amount of applicants down to just a few thousand.
*Fingers crossed!* Good luck to anyone who applies!
Digital reading / Lectura digital (autor desconocido)
The future of content is less and less ‘buying’ or even ‘getting’ a copy
The LOC digital preservation blog has a post about digital preservation lifecycle models. This one we learned about in my digital preservation class, so it’s somewhat comprehensible. In the comments someone describes the CASPAR model as “brain-scrambling” and I certainly agree.
Super interesting blog post from LOC! Love it.
Going through my old emails has proven really fruitful - came across this article from Digital Textbooks
The new legislation encompasses two bills: One, a proposal for the state to fund 50 open-source digital textbooks, targeted to lower-division courses, which will be produced by California’s universities. (Students will be able to download these books for free or pay $20 for hard copies.) The other bill is a proposal to establish a California Digital Open Source Library to host those books.
Holy hell. And that’s not even the most exciting part:
The new law will also be something of a technological experiment — and an intriguing one, at that. For one thing, it makes a point of extending its impact beyond California’s borders. Any digital textbooks created under the council’s auspices, the new legislation says, must be placed under a Creative Commons license — which will allow faculty at universities in other states to make use of the textbooks for their own students. And the textbooks, furthermore, must be encoded in XML (or another “appropriate successor format”) to facilitate their re-use.
So… when these things are done, Nazarbayev University can hopefully use them, and avoid all of the textbook-purchasing issues we ran into at the beginning of the semester. THANK YOU, state of California.
The CVS clerk complimented the Library’s film program while ringing up my box of tampons. When I was looking at apartments so many people said to...
one of our branches was weeding the children's section, and they were going to get rid of one the rattier copies of my favourite Bruce Coville book....
my dog tried so hard to get out the door and go to chemo with my parents this morning. now she keeps looking at me sadly.
Alright. I'm gonna brag here...
My students come in at lunch time to read, play educational games, and watch documentaries about endangered animals.