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Fixity Version 0.5, the free and open source fixity tool developed by AVPreserve, has been officially released for download

Fixity Version 0.5, the free and open source fixity tool developed by AVPreserve, has been officially released for download | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chris Lacinak
AVPreserve

About Fixity:

Fixity creates a manifest of files stored in directories identified by the user, documenting file names, locations, and checksums. The user can then schedule regular automated scans of the directories to monitor for any changes to files. Fixity is ideal for monitoring of files in long term storage, complimenting tools such as Bagger and the BagIt specification that can be used to check fixity at points of transition.

 

Major recent updates include:

•           Created OSX version (64-bit systems only)

•           Added support for MD5 in addition to the SHA256 checksum algorithm

•           Added ability to change checksum algorithm for a project

•           Added ability to import projects between versions of Fixity

•           Added ability to update the location of a scanned directory

•           Implemented SQLite database for storing projects

•           Improved reporting

•           Updated logic for reporting on copied and moved files

•           Improved handling of special characters in file paths

•           Added history directory to store snapshots of the manifest over time

•           Create tasks as Administrator on Windows, allowing projects to run when logged off.

•           Code, stability and interface improvements

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How do these tools address archival concerns? - BitCurator

"How do these tools address archival concerns?" page matches @BitCurator features too things archivists care about: http://t.co/jqO03ifmq These descriptions are intended to be concise explanations of why an archivist might be interested in each tool. For more information on a given tool, follow the link to that tool's tutorial page (given in the first column of the table below).
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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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Enhanced digitization via Spotlight!

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Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast

Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Elliot Felix of brightspot Strategy, a library design expert, shares his perspectives on the latest trends, tools, and tactics. As the founder and director of brightspot, Elliot has played a major role in the design of the new Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. He also co-conceived and participated in the development of the Learning Space Toolkit. In this webinar, Elliot provided an overview of trends impacting the design and operation of library spaces as well as the services offered within them. He’ll also introduce some tools you can use along with advice on how you can put them into practice.


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Library architecture - spaces/places!

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Library DIY has been released! | Information Wants To Be Free

Library DIY has been released! | Information Wants To Be Free | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Meredith Farkas DIY website for research at Portland State University Library
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Great example of an online toolkit drawn up by an academic librarian for research!
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Collection Visualisation | Blog post | UTS Library

Collection Visualisation | Blog post | UTS Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Mal in 

University Librarian: 

"This post is a collection of examples that relate to the visualisation of collections.

Several researchers are doing some interesting work in this space and I think it is pretty important. Adding some kind of visual layer to catalogues, search or discovery tools provides us with a capabilty that is largely missing in the cultural sector at present. Most searches focus solely on text-based initiators or they provide text-based lists of search results. Open data, the encouragement to collaborate in coding and the need to either search visually or to visualise search results is leading towards much improved collection discovery. This makes the collections we provide more easily found, used, explored, enjoyed, linked and shared."

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Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs

Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
by Sarah Deringer, Head Editor, INALJ Mississippi Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs Every great once in awhile I find a collection of good blogs to follow, and this week I found four...
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Just-for-Me Training by Screencasting - American Libraries

Just-for-Me Training by Screencasting - American Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Meredith Farkas:
Librarians in all types of libraries provide training and instruction. Whether it's for staff or patrons, the timing of the training is usually critical.

 

"Even when we get the timing right, infrequent use of a tool on which people were trained will lead to forgetting. [...]

Screencasting software, technology that creates a video of activity on the computer screen along with the user’s narration, is sometimes used to solve this problem. The software allows a trainer to create videos that show specific processes within a web system so that users who have gone through a training can refresh their memory with a video later on."

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The use of screencasting software such as Jing to enhance to learning process in libraries.

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Digital Curation & Sweet Scoopage | The Daring Librarian

Digital Curation & Sweet Scoopage | The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Educon Curation Slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/joycevalenza/curationeducon

 

Resources for curation also included.


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