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    Redesigning Electronic Record Processing and Preservation at NARA
    ( 2014-10-29) Johnston, Leslie
    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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    Placing the IR Within the User's Workflow: Connecting Hydra-based Repositories with Zotero
    ( 2014-10-29) Cahoy, Ellysa ; Childress, Dawn ; Hswe, Patricia
    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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    Perspectives on Supporting and Administering Maker Culture and Programs in Libraries
    ( 2014-10-29) Askey, Dale ; Griffey, Jason ; Holt, Michael ; Radniecki, Tara
    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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    Libraries, Librarians, and the Future of the Web [Closing Keynote]
    ( 2014-10-29) Tijerina, Bonnie
    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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    Big Collections in an Era of Big Copyright: Practical Strategies for Making the Most of Digitized Heritage
    ( 2014-10-28) Levine, Melissa ; Matienzo, Mark ; Ockerbloom, John Mark ; York, Jeremy
    Digitized collections of cultural and scholarly heritage can be much more useful to researchers when not limited to materials more than 90 years old. Yet the challenges and risks of going beyond materials old enough to clearly be out of copyright can seem daunting, especially for larger collections. This panel features a discussion of how projects like HathiTrust, DPLA, and Europeana face these challenges at scale to make a large number of more recent materials available to their audiences. Topics discussed will include systems and analyses that enable public domain review of hundreds of thousands of volumes; using rights of libraries, preservation, accessiblity, and fair use to their full extent; documenting and communicating copyright determinations across diffuse collborations; promoting robust reuse rights for contributed content; and dealing with takedowns and legal disputes. The session aims to develop better understandings of the full range of materials and services we can provide under copyright law for digital collections, and promote discussions of how we can collaborate in bringing a wider range of cultural and scholarly materials and services to our users.
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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
    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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    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
    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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    Researcher Identifiers—What’s in a Name (or URI)?
    ( 2014-10-27) Smith-Yoshimura, Karen ; Celeste, Eric
    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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    An All Purpose Archives Viewer: Displaying Large Scale Archival Collections in Digital Libraries
    ( 2014-10-27) Allen, Kristian ; McAulay, Elizabeth
    For several years, many academic and research libraries have been exploring ways to scale-up their digitization and web publication of archival collections. These initiatives sought to transfer the methods of mass digitization developed for published materials with the unique, local special collections. At UCLA, digitization of complete archival collections has been a goal for a number of years. However, we still didn’t know how best to display these digital archives on the web. This spring we decided to draw up functional requirements for an archival collections web interface. Our digital library system is Islandora, so we worked with Discovery Garden, Inc., to build a “Manuscripts Solution Pack.” While the solution pack is Islandora specific, the functionality and concepts are not. In our presentation, we will outline the functionalities we chose as integral to an archival interface and then outline the way we technically designed the solution pack. The focus will be on functions and development that are agnostic of the underlying system. In particular, we decided on a content model for archival collections, a web display interface for finding aids alongside digital images and page turning. The page images are zoomable inside the webpage using Open Sea Dragon. The goal of our presentation is to offer a conceptual model for the display of archival collections on the web. We will present our findings on the interface’s usability and plans for future refinements. We hope during a question and answer period to garner criticism and responses to our approach as well as discuss other models that might be appropriate for this material.
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    Building a Ten-Campus Digital Library Collection at the University of California
    ( 2014-10-27) Berger, Sherri ; Tingle, Brian
    The University of California (UC) Libraries and the California Digital Library are nearing the conclusion of an ambitious project to build a shared system for creating, managing, and providing access to unique digital resources across ten campuses (see The platform we are creating will have three major components: 1) a shared digital asset management system for librarians to centrally add and edit digital files and metadata, 2) a metadata harvest for digital resources hosted on external platforms, and 3) an integrated public interface so end-users can seamlessly search across these disparate resources. Together, these components will provide critical infrastructure for the UC Libraries to more efficiently, economically, and collaboratively manage and surface digital content. We will also be leveraging this platform to participate in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and we are investigating the possibility of extending it to facilitate participation in DPLA by additional libraries, archives, and museums throughout California. This session will build on a “Community Idea Exchange” poster presentation from the 2013 Forum—at which point we had just begun the project—to describe in more depth the components of the platform and the technologies employed, as well as challenges to and changes in our approach since we embarked. One of the more interesting aspects of our technology stack is that we have opted to license and customize a vendor product for the digital asset management system with which the digital library community may not have much familiarity (Nuxeo,, and in this session we will discuss our experiences with it. We will also describe how our project and our platform will connect with other initiatives, most notably the DPLA, and may provide a piece of the technical infrastructure needed for institutions across California to share their respective digital resources.