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Stanford U. Libraries Begins Building New Tool To Assist in Creation of Digital Collection Websites - Spotlight | LJ INFOdocket

Stanford U. Libraries Begins Building New Tool To Assist in Creation of Digital Collection Websites - Spotlight | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Feedback from librarians, curators, faculty, and other stakeholders has made it clear that there is a strong demand for feature-rich collection sites and, as the volume of digitized content continues to grow, that this demand will continue to outweigh our resources for producing them with a custom-built approach.

To address this, in the first quarter of 2014, SUL began building an application called Spotlight.

Spotlight is a Blacklight plugin that enables librarians, curators, and researchers who are responsible for digital collections to create attractive, feature-rich websites that showcase these collections. Spotlight leverages the rich resource discovery capabilities of Blacklight and extends it to allow curators to feature content from a repository system by enhancing it with rich narrative and context. Spotlight has similarities to existing exhibit solutions but seeks to expand on current models to more tightly integrate with repository infrastructures and bring equally strong focus on search results, objects, and supporting intellectual scaffolding.

The lead designer on the effort, Gary Geisler, took a user-centered approach to conceiving of a highly generalizable solution that took into account Stanford’s local needs as well as feedback from peers at other cultural heritage institutions who are searching for a similar solution. The project planning artifacts, which include concept documents, requirements, detailed personas and mockups, are openly available."

 

 Complete Blog Post by Stu Snydman & Gary Geislerto Learn More, View Video With Accomplishments from Sprint 1 https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/02/stanford-begins-development-spotlight
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New Dudley borough archive opens to to give people futuristic facilities to to peer into the past - Dudley News

New Dudley borough archive opens to to give people futuristic facilities to to peer into the past - Dudley News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"HISTORY buffs can research Halesowen and Cradley's past at Dudley's new £6 million archives and local history centre which opened this week.

Located next to the Black Country Living Museum, it is the first public building built by Dudley Council for 20 years and replaces the outgrown, ageing facility at Coseley.

It houses the borough's archives which date back to the 12th century - including every back copy of the Halesowen News - and it is hoped the resources will be well used by local historians and people interested in tracing their descendants."

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Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning

Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How is mobile technology transforming and enriching the experiences of informal learning spaces such as libraries and museums?

 About The Speaker(s)Jeffrey Schnapp - Co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Founder, metaLAB at HarvardBarry Joseph - Associate Director for Digital Learning, American Museum of Natural HistoryAllegra Burnette - Creative Director, Digital Media at The Museum of Modern ArtMatthew Battles - Principal & Associate Director, metaLAB at HarvardNate Hill - Assistant Director, Chattanooga Public Library Video
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Welcome · Digital Public Library of America

Welcome · Digital Public Library of America | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements:

 

1. A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America. 

2. A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. 

3. An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century."

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The Digital Public Library of America - a free resource!

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“Spotlight on a Librarian” Royal Society Publishing (UK) interview with Richard Hulser

“Spotlight on a Librarian” Royal Society Publishing (UK) interview with Richard Hulser | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chief Librarian 
Natural History Museum Los Angeles County:


"I recently had the pleasure to be ‘interviewed’ via e-mail by the Royal Society Publishing (UK) newsletter editor for their regular feature “Spotlight on a Librarian”. Here is the URL if the link doesn’t work for some reason:  http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/q/1N7XofzaQvq0eb/wv.


Topics I discuss in the article include open source content access and affordable pricing to research articles among other points."

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Interview with a librarian: "his work at three museum libraries and gives us an insight into the challenges faced today by research libraries with smaller FTE and smaller budgets to cope with the increasing cost of subscriptions"

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Culture professionals network | The Guardian

Culture professionals network | The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Analysis, news, comment and jobs for arts, museum and heritage professionals

 

Free membership: https://register.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals

 

The Guardian Culture Professionals Network (CPN) is an essential meeting space for arts, heritage and culture professionals, offering commentary, community engagement and access to a range of perspectives and best practice from across your sector. Our content is international, open and dynamic.

We also provide connections. As a network member, we will connect you online and offline with peers and partners across a range of disciplines and departments - people who are looking to share ideas and make things happen.

Whether you work in audience development, arts marketing, venue management, fundraising and finance, cultural policy or - like so many culture professionals - you're a creative freelancer with a portfolio career, you'll find the Guardian Culture Professionals Network an invaluable source of knowledge and contacts for your professional life.

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Receive an ebook from CultureLabel: "Focusing on the consumer trends that are reshaping the landscape open to the cultural entrepreneur, this exclusive book explores the opportunities available to you and organisations that embrace these new realities, along with the potential pitfalls that may befall those who don’t."

 

Valuable for librarians/archivists as well!

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Villagers record their own memories on online archive - This is Somerset

Villagers record their own memories on online archive - This is Somerset | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This is Somerset
Villagers record their own memories on online archive
Volunteers from the Quest project and Bath Spa University's history department have been carrying out the "people's survey" encouraging people to share a special person, place, building or object for the archive."
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Great idea to enhance the content of an archive!

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The Bastardization of the Term Curator and What Museum Curators Think of It

The Bastardization of the Term Curator and What Museum Curators Think of It | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Robin Good: "A throwdown about the term "curator"". This is the title that Suse Cairns gave to her recent article, in which she opens by writing: "Lately, questions about the bastardisation of the term curator have been emerging around the blogosphere.

 

The Hermitage Museum wrote An Open Letter to Everyone Using the Word ‘Curate’ Incorrectly on the Internet, and Digital Transformations recently asked whether DJs are curators, and vice versa.

 

Their opening volley caught my attention:

 

"The word ‘curator’ gets used liberally these days to talk about stuff people do on the web. But does that devalue the term?

 

Is there any way what someone does on Facebook is comparable to the years of training and knowledge which goes into curating collections in museums and galleries?"

 

I believe that if Suse Cairns had the opportunity to see the real work that goes into professional content or news curation, she would not hesitate an instant in recognizing how skilled and experienced a person must be, in several disciplines, to even consider attempting doing such a job.

 

On the other hand, I can't but agree with her colleagues who are pulling their hair in disgust when they see people proudly "picking" and republishing other people content "as is" while defining themselves as "curators".

 

I must also convene with her complaining colleagues that curation has little or nothing to do with personal expression and social sharing, two reputable and valuable activities, which can be carried out with similar tools, but which require very different skills and time, and which have very little in common beyond the immediate surface. 

 

If one does not look or pay attention at these small details it is very easy to get caught into misleading generalizations (content curation is useless, etc.).

 

I am actually pointing to this article, not so much for the good effort that Suse Cairns to reconciliate traditional museum curators with the new self-acclaimed content curators, but for the excellent series of comments that her short article did spark.

 

Among them, I have excerpted this little gem from Suse herself: "I’m reading Stephen E. Weil’s Rethinking the Museum, and there is a section that seems entirely appropriate to this discussion.

 

On page 53, Weil discusses the work of John Cotton Dana, and writes “In his 1917 book The New Museum, Dana urged that museums of the future make a special effort to attract the young and to interest them in making collections of their own – collections that they might ultimately share with the public. This development of the collecting habit, he wrote:


“...with its accompanying education of powers of observation, its training in handiwork, its tendency to arouse interests theretofore unsuspected even by those who possess them, its continuous suggestions toward good taste and refinement which lie in the process of installing even the most modest of collections, and its leaning towards sound civic interest through doing for one’s community a helpful thing – this work of securing the co-operation of boys and girls, making them useful while they are gaining their own pleasure and carrying on their own education, is one of the coming museum’s most promising fields.”"


With this idea in mind, maybe this idea of collecting or “curating” online – even if it were only simple list-making – can be seen as an interesting, useful and positive thing."

 

Inspiring. Sense-making. 9/10

 

Read the full article and ALL the comments here: http://museumgeek.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/a-throwdown-about-the-term-curator/ ;


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suse cairns's comment, October 13, 2012 3:05 AM
Hi Robin. I've held off on responding to this, but when it was rescooped today I decided that I would write in to chat about your interpretation of my initial post. It was not actually my original intention to "reconciliate traditional museum curators with the new self-acclaimed content curators", nor was I dismissing professional content "curation". Instead, I was speaking to the evolution in the nomenclature; to the fact that the word 'curator' is now being used widely beyond the borders of the museum sector, much to the chagrin of many within it. In fact, I was arguing that if people like yourself, professional content curators, want to use the term 'curator' to describe themselves, then that was a positive thing - something that not everyone in my sector would (or did) agree with. Your interpretation of my initial post is understandably coloured by your own perspective, but this also means you are reading into the discussion things that were not necessarily there.
Robin Good's comment, October 13, 2012 3:11 AM
Thanks Suse for your kind comments and for sharing your thoughts on this. As I have written there is plenty of good things you have written in your article, and our ability to understand and make meaning out of newly explored grounds like this one, is enriched by not having everyone agree and see things in the same way.

I am still thankful to your post which provided lots of valuable insight and some good sparks for extra discussion.
suse cairns's comment, October 14, 2012 3:32 AM
Fantastic to hear. One of the most enjoyable and interesting things about the Internet, I think, is the space it makes for conversation across all kinds of boundaries; sparks for discussion indeed. It's those new connections, across spaces, that open up room for new kinds of thinking and understanding.
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LIS Trends: New IMLS Report: “Libraries and Museums in an Era of participatory culture"

LIS Trends: New IMLS Report: “Libraries and Museums in an Era of participatory culture" | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"New from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

From the Summary Announcement:

The report details the events of the October, 2011 convening of fifty-eight library, museum, and cultural heritage leaders from thirty-one countries. Together, the participants developed a set of recommendations to help libraries and museums embrace new possibilities for public engagement that are made possible by societal and technological change.

The deliberations identified “imperatives for the future” including accepting the notion of democratic access, placing a major emphasis on public value and impact, and embracing lifelong learning.

Building on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) initiative The Future of Museums and Libraries as well as on past museum and library sessions convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, this session brought together library and museum leaders, cultural and educational policymakers, cultural sector researchers, representatives of library and museum education programs, technology experts, sociologists, journalists, and library and museum associations.

The report captures rich perspectives about the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums. The publication describes each of the five plenary sessions and the working group recommendations that resulted from them: culture and communities; learning transformed; building the skills of library and museum professionals; and demonstrating public value. It includes descriptions of innovative case studies from around the globe and a summary of the concluding keynote lecture given by Vishakha Desia, president and chief executive officer of the Asia Society.

 

Full Summary Announcement: http://www.imls.gov/new_report_explores_roles_of_libraries_and_museums_in_an_era_of_participatory_culture.aspx

 

 

17 pages report in PDF available from IMLS:
Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture

http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/SGS_Report_2012.pdf

 

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What is Linked Open Data? Europeana releases an animation to explain | Open GLAM - Vimeo animation

What is Linked Open Data? Europeana releases an animation to explain | Open GLAM - Vimeo animation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Joris Pekel is a Berlin based Community Coordinator for the OKFN and works specifically with digital heritage. He is co-editor of the Open GLAM blog:

 

"Linked Open Data is getting more attention from the information world, as well as from memory institutions. But what exactly is it and more important, why is it a good thing? To explain this, Europeana has released an animation."

 

 

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New trend? Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext

Kate T:

"New trend?Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext http://t.co/eAGshlcC..."

 

"I’m referring to this almost ebullient post by the Library of Congress’ Butch Lazorchak on the Signal blog, “#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World.” It’s a beautiful vision, and it’s great to hear that participating in the South By Southwest Interactive Conference has given him this kind of warm rosy optimistic glow.

Butch’s post bolsters my claim that “blurring of organizational roles” is a significant trend for archives. In an earlier draft of my trends post I had a list of trends I wanted to see, and although I didn’t phrase it in quite the same way, “librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world” is pretty close. It’s my hope (and Butch’s vision) that LAM professionals can emerge as leaders in the evolving digital world. But this will only happen if more of them engage in wider discussions, as some LAM representatives are doing."

 

Kate T's version of Trendswatch 2012 - The Archive's edition: http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=2608

 

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VALA2012 Conf in Melbourne - #VALA2012

VALA2012 Conf in Melbourne - #VALA2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

6-9 Feb 2012:

 

The conference is a [...] "platform for innovation that promotes the use and understanding of information and communication technologies across a broad sector of Libraries, with increasing participation from the Galleries, Archives and Museums sectors."

 

VALA2012 Conference Theme:


"The VALA2012 theme, eM-powering eFutures, promotes the understanding and use of communication technology in libraries and the related museums, archives and galleries services.

VALA2012 looks to the future as our presenters embrace technological change in their workplaces and institutions, seeking ways to mobilise service delivery and granting service providers the skills and power to stay ahead of a connected and socialised client base."

 

VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. aims:

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- To promote the use of information technology in data manipulation and management within and for libraries, library networks and information systems.
- To promote the education of practitioners and other people interested in the use of information technology for manipulation of bibliographic and information systems data.
- To promote and foster a general understanding of automated library and information systems, particularly amongst practitioners in the library and information dissemination industries.
- To promote and exchange information about the planning, analysis, implementation, operation, maintenance and use of telecommunications in library and information systems.
- To develop an educated public opinion on the value, role and importance of information, telecommunications and related technologies in libraries and information systems." http://www.vala.org.au/aboutvala/aims

 

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How Tech Is Changing the Museum Experience

How Tech Is Changing the Museum Experience | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I would be interested to see how this can be used to help libraries, as well."

 

Quote from article:

"Museums are exploring digital and mobile technologies to enhance visitor experience. Initiatives go beyond technology within exhibits and installations, but also include more pervasive uses of tech to create interactive experiences for visitors throughout a museum, as well as remote experiences for those who cannot get there.Here, we highlight what three museums are doing to make the experience interactive, educational and engaging."


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Interview with Chicago History Museum Archivist Peter Alter

"Peter Alter is key to taking care of and locating more documents for the Chicago History Museum's miles of archival material, supporting and adding to the fascinating puzzle that is Chicago history."

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Interview on YouTube!

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Smithsonian goes 3D

Smithsonian goes 3D | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Xeni Jardin:

"Jessica Sadeq from the Smithsonian shares big news--the Institution has launched the Smithsonian X 3D Collection and 3-D explorer[Twitter]. They've gathered data on some of the most treasured items in the archives, and they're encouraging people who work with 3D printers to help them explore new ways of using the data."

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Videos and pictures of how 3D scanning are being used at the Smithsonian - Interesting!

"Data used to support research, as well as puiblic access tool!"

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Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Emily Badger:

America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map. (RT @fpl: Did you know there are more libraries in the U.S. than McDonalds or Starbucks?{...}

 

Grimes built [a] map this past weekend during the National Day of Civic Hacking, using the agency's database of public libraries. Each of those dots refers to an individual branch library (and a few bookmobiles), out of a total of 9,000 public library systems.

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DPLA Launches, Librarians Respond

DPLA Launches, Librarians Respond | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
First impressions of the new DPLA portal have been almost uniformly positive, though many have suggested avenues for further enhancements and refinements.

 

"Launched yesterday, the Digital Public Library of America’s portal offers browsing and search access to a still growing aggregation of cultural heritage records from dozens of US cultural heritage institutions. At the same time, DPLA began offering programmatic access to its metadata stores, urging developers to create their own interfaces and access points to the collections. First impressions have been almost uniformly positive, though many have suggested avenues for further enhancements and refinements."

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Librarian insights into the Digital Public Library of America!

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11 of the Most Beautiful Museum Libraries in the World

11 of the Most Beautiful Museum Libraries in the World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Temple:

...check out 11 of the most beautiful museum libraries from around the world

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