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    Researcher Identifiers—What’s in a Name (or URI)?
    ( 2014-10-27) Smith-Yoshimura, Karen ; Celeste, Eric ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; OCLC Research ; SHARE
    Karen Smith-Yoshimura presented "Researcher Identifiers--What's in a Name (or URI)?". A number of approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers have emerged, but they tend to be limited by discipline, affiliation or publisher. The rise of bibliometrics and its extension, altmetrics—the attempt to measure the impact of a work including mentions in social media and news media—strengthens the need to uniquely identify researchers and correctly associate them with their scholarly output. Both institutions and researchers have a stake in ensuring their scholarly output is accurately represented across academia and the web. It is time for universities to transition from watchful waiting to engagement. It is difficult to uniquely identify researchers when they have not authored monographs, but write primarily journal articles, and thus are not represented in national name authority files. An OCLC Research Task Group comprising specialists from the US, the UK, and the Netherlands (see developed eighteen use-case scenarios around different stake-holders, generated a list of functional requirements derived from these use case scenarios, and profiled 20 research networking systems. A researcher ID information flow diagram illustrates the complexity of the current ecosystem. The same information about a specific researcher may be represented in multiple databases, and only a subset interoperates with each other. This presentation will summarize emerging adoption trends and focus on three identifiers—­ISNI, ORCID and VIAF. Participants will be asked to comment on the recommendations targeted to librarians, researchers and university administrators and share their experiences with or plans for researcher identifiers at their institutions.
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    Placing the IR Within the User's Workflow: Connecting Hydra-based Repositories with Zotero
    ( 2014-10-29) Cahoy, Ellysa ; Childress, Dawn ; Hswe, Patricia ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; Pennsylvania State University
    How can we bring the institutional repository (IR) into the online workflow of faculty users? This session explores a (2014-16) Mellon-funded research project partnership between Zotero and the Penn State University Libraries. The project's goal is to connect Penn State's Hydra-based IR, ScholarSphere, with the Zotero client, allowing users to claim and deposit publications in ScholarSphere from within the Zotero interface. The session will detail the software development goals, plans for follow-up ethnographic research assessing the impact of the software. Implications and opportunities for other institutions with Hydra-based IRs interested in exploring a Zotero connections will also be shared.
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    Digital Public History: Community Connections and Collaborative Teaching Initiatives
    ( 2014-10-28) Butler, Matthew ; D'Arpa, Christine ; Farb, Sharon ; Grappone, Todd ; Green, Harriett ; Hurley, Joseph ; Klein, Martin ; Michaelis, Kathryn ; Shreeves, Sarah ; Weintraub, Jennifer ; Wolfe, Jen ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ; Georgia State University ; University of Iowa ; University of California, Los Angeles
    Designing community and user engagement with digital collections and supporting technologies in outreach and collection enhancement programs, as well as courses, can yield strong educational partnerships and high levels of community participation. Presenters from four institutions will describe distinct projects with strong community/student/user engagement with digital collections.
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    Catastrophic Success: The Challenges and Opportunities of Supporting Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges
    ( 2014-10-27) Allen, Laurie ; Luhrs, Eric ; Shepherd, Kelcy ; Siesing, Gina ; Vinopal, Jennifer ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; Amherst College ; Haverford College ; Lafayette College ; Bryn Mawr College ; New York University
    Liberal arts colleges (LACs) are not newcomers to the world of digital scholarship, and we benefit from several strengths: close working relationships among faculty, students, librarians, and technologists; a history of faculty-student collaboration; and fewer administrative layers than larger institutions. In this panel, we will explore models for engaging with digital scholarship in the LAC library context. The panelists come from a range of small undergraduate institutions that have taken different approaches to supporting digital scholarship. Among our panelists’ schools, Digital Scholarship has grown out of special collections, technical services/systems, research & instruction services, and visual resources. But each of our libraries now focuses explicitly on digital scholarship as an area of engagement, staffing and programming. This panel discussion about the interests and challenges of supporting digital scholarship at LACs will provide fresh insight to the DLF community, which has more traditionally been focused on the perspective of large research libraries. While our scale is different, we use many of the same tools and methods as larger research libraries. However, there are also some key differences. For example, digital scholarship at LACs, whether in the classroom or as part of faculty research, typically incorporates the undergraduate student learning experience in ways that R1 institutions may not. The panelists will discuss: approaches to collaborating on faculty research projects; ways that undergraduate students can engage as partners in digital scholarship work, within their coursework, as part of research assistant/internships, or as student workers; staffing for DS at our institutions; and questions of organizational and technical sustainability at both the project and staffing levels. Finally, we’ll talk about ways that LACs are collaborating across institutions, including creating the “Manifesto on Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges” and efforts to develop a common open source technological infrastructure.
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    Perspectives on Supporting and Administering Maker Culture and Programs in Libraries
    ( 2014-10-29) Askey, Dale ; Griffey, Jason ; Holt, Michael ; Radniecki, Tara ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; McMaster University ; Evenly Distributed ; Valdosta State University ; University of Nevada, Reno
    Makerspaces are popping up all over, and it seems that the maker movement, as some call it, is still early in its growth phase. Many libraries—public and academic—dabble in this area; while some makerspaces are modest corners with a few Arduinos, others go further and offer sophisticated spaces and technology. Even the White House is getting in on making, sponsoring its first ever Maker Faire in June 2014. Whether one accepts the rhetoric that making represents the beginning of manufacturing’s return to North America or not, making/makerspaces clearly touch a nerve in many people who have an innate wish to move beyond being consumers of technology and media. The speakers will approach the topic of making from the vantage point of both those who are seeking support for initiatives as well as those in administrative positions who are asked to support them. There are myriad issues to consider when considering such support, some of which are not typical of library programs and services, e.g.- hazardous material and life safety concerns. Others are perhaps better known issues, but have their own making-specific dynamics. For example, cost recovery for materials is challenging, as is addressing some of the inherent gender and race issues that tend to arise in technology environments.
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    Redesigning Electronic Record Processing and Preservation at NARA
    ( 2014-10-29) Johnston, Leslie ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; National Archives and Records Administration
    The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is in the process of refactoring its infrastructure for the processing and preservation of electronic records. In gathering requirements to enhance the tool suite at NARA, a number of needs were identified. The key need was for a flexible processing environment with an expandable set of software tools to verify and process a significant volume and varieties of electronic records. Existing systems lacked support for non-Federal digital materials (e.g., digital surrogate masters, Legislative, Donated, Supreme Court, etc.) or classified digital materials. And given highly successful partnerships with other types of organizations, there are growing storage for digital surrogates and a need for a more efficient workflows to provide public access. This new infrastructure is described as the Optimized Ingest Framework (OIF). This framework includes a new model for managing the receipt and processing of digital materials for preservation and access; a modular approach to systems managing digital materials; a departure from the model of a single, monolithic system; the refactoring and evolution of existing systems; the establishment of an environment to provide necessary processing flexibility and tools for a wide variety of digital materials; and a more automated and robust solution for digital preservation with reduced complexity. This refactoring comprises three modular systems: a Digital Processing Environment (DPE) that encompasses a suite of tools for processing including validation, characterization and transformation of files; a Business Object Management system to create and manage workflows for transfer and ingest; and an enhanced Digital Object Repository for the management and preservation of records and surrogates. This project is just getting underway at NARA with its first iteration DPE prototype currently scheduled for early 2015.
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    Libraries, Librarians, and the Future of the Web [Closing Keynote]
    ( 2014-10-29) Tijerina, Bonnie ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; Data & Society Institute
    Bonnie shares her experience and knowledge as a Data & Society fellow, as well as what she's seen and experienced over the past couple of years of meeting with, interviewing, and connecting with the world outside of libraries, the world that has slowly began to realize how much they want and need libraries, librarians, and the values of librarianship.
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    Johannes Factotum and the Ends of Expertise [Keynote Address]
    ( 2014-10-27) Nowviskie, Bethany ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; University of Virginia
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    Cultivating a Culture of Project Management
    ( 2014-10-28) Garcia-Spitz, Cristela ; Caizzi, Carolyn ; Caldwell, Ann ; Zaytsev, Angelina ; York, Cynthia ; Khanna, Delphine ; Musolff, Meghan ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; University of California, San Diego ; Northwestern University ; Brown University ; University of Michigan ; Johns Hopkins University ; Temple University
    The DLF Project Managers Group presents a panel of speakers who are interested in cultivating a culture of project management. Meghan Musolff and Angelina Zaytsev will discuss how the University of Michigan is attempting to develop this culture by creating positions entirely devoted to project management, as well as the creation of an informal skill sharing program open to all Library staff. Attendees will walk away with a framework and the tools to implement similar programs at their own institutions. Delphine Khanna from Temple University will address the broader question of how to manage developers’ schedules and how to communicate with administrators realistically about assigning staff resources. She will present the model being developed at Temple to tackle issues such as institution-wide project prioritization, how to handle shifting priorities, and how to maximize the developers’ job satisfaction and throughput in a systematic manner. Ann Caldwell from Brown University will discuss how with the implementation of agile project methodology has made planning easier and created a more comfortable environment for staff to take ownership of their work. Cynthia York from Johns Hopkins University will discuss the role of communication channels in agile project management. She will discuss how the use of various tools enhance communication among distributed team members, and the result of efforts to identify overlap which had led to gaps in communication. This diverse panel is designed to provide a space to highlight trends and issues in the broad discipline of library technology project management.
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    Audio and Video at Scale: Indiana University’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative
    ( 2014-10-27) Dunn, Jon ; Hardesty, Juliet ; Georgia Institute of Technology. Library ; Indiana University
    In 2013, Indiana University (IU) launched a five-year project, known as the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI:, to digitize and preserve over 300,000 audio and video assets of value from across the university. Among academic institutions, IU has an unusually rich collection of rare and unique time-based media that document subjects of enduring value to the university, State of Indiana, and the world. Pieces range from wax cylinder sound recordings of Native American music to performances by notable graduates of its Jacobs School of Music to media from the collections of IU’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The project is co-led by IU’s Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries. IU is partnering with a commercial vendor, Memnon Archiving Services of Belgium, to set up a facility in Bloomington, Indiana to digitize these materials, in a workflow that will produce as much as 12 terabytes per day of digital data to be preserved beginning in summer 2014. MDPI was planned out of recognition by IU leadership that large portions of IU’s media holdings were becoming seriously endangered due to media degradation and/or format obsolescence. A 2008-2009 survey of holdings at IU Bloomington ( uncovered over 569,000 audiovisual items on 51 different physical formats held in collections of 80 different organizational units across the campus, with significant quantities of rare and unique items in danger of becoming inaccessible within 5-15 years due to degradation or obsolescence. In this presentation, we will outline the goals and history of MDPI, describe the workflows that we are establishing to feed content into the digitization process and manage content coming out of the process, and discuss planned strategies for preservation storage, access, and metadata.