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Eastern Content dm User’s Group Conference 2011

Posted by fducataloger on August 8, 2011

Below is my report from the Eastern Content dm User’s Group Conference. The presentations and discussions turned out to be very worthwhile for our situation here at FDU.

Content dm User’s Conference
Towson University, Towson, MD
August 2-3, 2011

First Session:
Using Content dm as a Tool for Crowdsourcing Museum Artifact Descriptions

This session turned out to be incredibly useful for a number of reasons. The presenters are from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and have a large number of scientific artifacts that they cannot identify. They decided to use “crowdsourcing” to identify these objects. The NIST collection can be found at: http://nistdigitalarchives.contentdm.oclc.org
They listed 6 ways that crowdsourcing has been used by institutions, and gave examples:

Transcription (getting users to transcribe handwritten materials).
Example: http://menus.nypl.org

Contextualization (getting users to describe or identify objects)
Examples: Google Maps matchups with Yelp, Flickr Commons.

Collecting (getting users to add their own material to a collection)
Example: http://katrina.jwa.org

Classification (Adding tags and subjects to materials)
Example: Beyond Brown Paper

Co-Curation (users decide what goes into an exhibit)
Example: Brooklyn Museum’s Project Click

Fundraising (users can make financial contributions to your project)
Example: Kickstarter

NIST reached out to alumni to get the project started. They posted the artifacts in a collection on Content dm, and added text to the page asking for help in identifying the objects, with an e-mail address for contact. Their public relations department included the project in their newsletter, which ended up being picked up by Wire.com. After that, the project had worldwide coverage and input, with over 22,000 pieces of input from commenters. Many comments were in e-mail, but the project coordinator also checked the Web for articles about the project, and read the comments in those articles.
On a technical note—she was able to show multiple views of one object by creating a compound object for each item, and added a metadata field “crowdsource” that allowed them to tag those objects as needing more information. They used Webalyzer for statistics, which apparently now comes with Content dm.
This presentation was of great use to me, because 1. I am working on cataloging artifacts at the Heritage Center, 2. Besides artifacts, we have a large number of photos that need identifying, and 3. In the absence of other funding, using “Kickstart” might be a way to solicit funding, if the university approves using that method. There is great potential for a collaboration with the Public Relations Office, The Alumni Office, and University Advancement for getting some of our currently unfunded projects off the ground.

Second Session:
Electronic Thesis and Dissertations Without a Programmer: Manipulating Proquest XML Metadata into Content dm

This presentation was given by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County library. Since 2007, UMBC has received PDF copies of their theses and dissertations, with a separate XML metadata file. When they had a programmer on staff, they used a Perl script to harvest the metadata into spreadsheets. When the programmer left and the script broke, they had to use a more manual process to manipulate the data for import into Content dm.
The first thing they did was delete CVs from the Proquest copies (first 2 pages), as they didn’t want private information in the archive. Then they imported the XML into Excel, and used the developer-import feature to put it into their specially created Content dm metadata worksheet. They explained how they used macros to make repetitive changes, and when all the data was right, used the “add multiple items” feature in Content dm to import the metadata and pair it up with the documents. The specifics of their process were included.
This was a interesting session on using Excel and its features to simplify the creation and importing of Content dm metadata. After the session, a few of us wondered why adding the dissertations to Content dm would be necessary if their campus used and had access to Proquest UMI. They mentioned embargo and copyright issues, which made it even stranger to us that they bothered to add these. However, I did learn something else—Content dm collections CAN be restricted to internal use only if there is a need to do that.

Third Session:
New York Heritage and Consortial Collaboration

This session was about the New York city and state libraries merging their Content dm collections onto one server. All of them had their own pages with their own identities, and while 3 libraries in the consortium preferred to keep their separate identities, the other 9 councils opted to be on the same server. This eliminated federated searching issues for those 9 sites. The problem with federated searching across multiple sites is that once an item is selected from a search, it opens the item in that particular council’s Content dm instance, and then won’t let you go back to your federated search. This is something they are working on for sites with multiple servers. While interesting, the issue is not specific to FDU.

Fourth Session:
Beyond the Library: Managing Metadata for a University Publications Portal

This presentation was made by the director of the National Defense University, who deals with several different libraries and research centers, as well as four different university presses. The portal she showed us demonstrated a work in progress thus far. As she was also merging different kinds of description into one Content dm system, she worked with other sites to come up with a core spreadsheet of required metadata, which she shared with the group. The spreadsheet is very useful, and can be easily tweaked to create a standard template for our own metadata.

Fifth Session:
Content dm Software Update

Geri Ingram from OCLC gave the highlights of the new version of Content dm. Recently they rolled out version 6 (which we have at FDU). Her update included what will be coming this Fall in version 6.1. FDU will also get this automatically, as all OCLC hosted sites will be upgraded automatically.
The features of 6.1 include:
• Ability to have social tagging and comments (these will be in a separate SQL database, not with the metadata)
• Ability to download and print photos (no “.exe” files showing up when you right click on the photos)
• The return of the “My Favorites” feature.
• Newspaper article viewer, and plug-in for PowerPoint presentations
• New features in admin for customizing the home page
• If you use METS/ALTO metadata (we currently don’t), you can have article-level metadata for archived newspapers and magazines
• Image rights can be more easily edited
• New FIND search engine included—the one used by OCLC Worldcat

In addition to the new features listed here, I learned about several other current capabilities:

• FlexLoader is an application that allows us to map and import XML metadata ourselves (without retyping)
• Content dm has a flow player that allows you to use video formats. I also learned that you can create compound objects that combine things like photos and videos.
• All 55 Dublin Core elements are now supported.
• 6 of 10 authority files used in Content dm have been updated and refreshed
• New web configuration tools have been included
• The Project Client now has EXIF/IPTC metadata extraction
• There is a “Catcher” service that allows you batch-edit metadata for single items (not compound objects, like the Twombly ledgers).

Other information:
• Content dm training is always available for free at http://training.oclc.org
• At the User Support Center, it is possible for us to advertise our collection.
• The old Content dm listserv was replaced by forums on the User Support site.
• New APIs and customization documentation are available; however, OCLC advises trying the new configuration tools before using these.
Geri also announced something called the Digital Collections Gateway. This allows you to upload metadata, and also harvest metadata from OCLC for your collections. Those of us with hosted Content dm just have to change our server settings to “Worldcat sync” to take advantage of this feature.


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NJLA 2011

Posted by Denise O'Shea on May 10, 2011

This year I was fortunate to attend both days of the annual NJLA Conference in Long Branch, NJ. My committee, the CUS / NJ-ACRL Technology Committee, sponsored 6 programs and gave an award (the 2011 NJLA CUS Technology Innovation Award). Following are some brief* highlights and useful links from the conference:

Tuesday May 3, 2011

Libraries and the Cloud

In this session, David Lisa and Bob Keith from the NJ State Library shared their thoughts and recommendations on libraries and the use of cloud computing. Some of their recommendations include:

  • Cloud-based screencasting tools — Screenjelly and Screenr.
  • Office365 — Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs.
  • Storage solutions — Amazon S3, and Wuala as a more secure alternative to Dropbox. The presenters also reminded us of the 321 backup rule.

Technology Innovation Forum

In this session, the award nominees presented on their projects which I link to here:

  • Sidney Silverman Library, BCC’s Sidney Mobile and QR Codes — http://www.bergen.edu/pages1/Pages/683.aspx (links to the library homepage where the QR Code and link to the mobile site can be viewed in the left navigator).  As more library patrons acquire smart phones, the use of mobile tools for promoting our collections and services will grow.
  • Steven’s Institute of Techology’s One Search simple solution for web searching — http://www.slideshare.net/val_forrestal/lib-tech11 (presentation on this topic) and http://theinfobabe.blogspot.com/ (actual code files). This tool is an interesting alternative to LibX. Valerie and Barbara make it very easy for you to borrow their code and create your own browser tool. It works with any browser (unlike LibX which works only with IE and Firefox).
  • NJVid — http://www.njvid.net
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Library’s presentation on the successful eReader and iPad lending program

Wednesday May 4, 2011

Web & Mobile Tools for Improving Library Services

Mostly a repeat of Tuesday afternoon’s Technology Innovation Forum. One additional speaker, Mei Ling Lo, Math/Science Librarian at Rutgers, compared and contrasted Zotero and Mendeley — 2 free, web-based citation management tools that are powerful competitors to EndNote and Refworks.

Let’s Talk About Failure: Innovation, Risk and Failure

Kenley Neufeld spoke about what can learn from taking chances and sometimes failing. He suggested that a down economy is the best time to plan for the future. That we should be creative and do things that don’t cost money — take risks and be something that people don’t expect you to be. Check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yetHqWODp0 (“Life=Risk”).

Academic Luncheon – Speaker Kathy Dempsey Promote Your Value: Prove You’re Essential

I was only able to stay for part of this talk as I had to go setup for my next program. Eleanor Friedl, Maria Kocylowsky and Michele Nestory all attended this luncheon. The speaker recommended the “Accidental Librarian” series (accidental library marketer, accidental library manager, etc.). She strongly recommended that we read the “Value of Academic Libraries” report along with other reports that offer insight and tips on communicating with faculty (“Don’t talk about what the library is doing, talk about the difference that we are making”). She suggested that we look at http://www.socialmention.com to see what others are saying about us and our libraries on the Web as a first step to managing our online presence.

Social Media is not a Broadcast Medium

Kenley Neufeld again. This time he spoke about where we are going next with social media. He suggested that the growing Twitter demographic is younger, urban and non-white. To enhance our presence on social media sites, libraries need to move from posting about events, news and services to engaging in conversation. Example for an interactive blog topic — ask patrons to guess or vote for the top 5 library books borrowed. Follow his library on Twitter — https://twitter.com/#!/lurialibrary. Kenley suggests that video is very important and that the the library should look into hiring a marketing intern to help with video production and marketing. Email newsletters remain popular with some patrons. MailChimp offers a free newsletter solution. PostPost is a social search tool for indexing your most popular tweets. Instagram and Color are photo sharing tools. Twitter offers alerts. Facebook offers analytics — http://www.facebook.com/insights. YouTube offers analytics. Kenley was the 2nd or 3rd presenter to extol the virtures of using bit.ly as a URL shortner and a means to track statistics. I have been using bit.ly for a while and have now signed-up for my own, free, account.
RDA Under Scrutiny

Sharon Yang and Marilyn Quinn from Rider University spoke about RDA and the Semantic Web.

*I will post links to the full presentations as they become available on the NJLA Wiki.

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How to Borrow an eBook using the new OverDrive app

Posted by Denise O'Shea on February 23, 2011

You can do this in a few simple steps, once you have downloaded and installed the new OverDrive Media Console app:

• Search for a library using ZIP Code.

• Browse titles to find an available book.

• Enter library-card number and download book.

• Book expires after seven, 14 or 21 days, depending on the library.

Warning — the most popular books in your library may be checked out and have a waiting list. The Overdrive app currently does not make it possible for you to only view books that are available. That feature is coming in a later release.

More details about borrowing eBooks from your library can be found here:

http://on.wsj.com/hqURqX (from the Wall Street Journal online)

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Local Resource for Library Marketing Ideas and Information

Posted by Denise O'Shea on February 23, 2011

The New York Metropolitan Library Resources Council has developed a Libguide for Marketing and Outreach for Libraries. It provides links to many useful resources, including:

  • Best practices for working with Social Media
  • Library Advocacy campaigns and materials
  • Promotional materials

The guide can be found here http://libguides.metro.org/content.php?pid=181849&sid=1529516

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Going Paperless at Conferences

Posted by Denise O'Shea on February 23, 2011

This article contains some excellent tips on how to go paperless at your next conference, even if you are a presenter! The solution is to use your iPad* of course:

http://bit.ly/h72d9f (from the Chronicle of Higher Ed)

*these tips also work well with any laptop or tablet computer.


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