DLF » Forum http://www.diglib.org Digital Library Federation Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:22:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Newgen KnowledgeWorks at the DLF Forum: Can libraries keep up with the explosion of open access content? http://www.diglib.org/archives/9823/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9823/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:54 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9823 Proud-sponsor-2015-Forum-750x600Patrick Martinent, Newgen This guest post is provided by Patrick Martinent, Chief Technology Officer at Newgen KnowledgeWorks.



The growth rate of scientific publication has been studied from 1907 to 2007 and there are no indications that it has decreased in the past 50 years. The below image substantiates the viewpoint that OA content is growing at a more tremendous pace than ever before.

Rising percentage of OA. Source: plos.org

Rising percentage of OA. Source: plos.org

This increasing number of articles indicates that scholars are now more interested in publishing in open access journals. The scholarly contents of these e-journals allow readers of open access journals to understand the current research trends and developments in their field. OA journals is also providing archives of back issues, quick retrieval, and metadata that allows custom-designed search engines to improve scholarship today. To make the discoverability easier, libraries can now offer their members universal access to OA content directly on mobile devices using ResearchPad.

ResearchPad Open Access Edition is a web and mobile platform that aggregates and republishes OA articles from leading publishers. ResearchPad is continually adding OA publishers to its production pipeline to bring relevant research to readers on their mobile devices as and when it is published.

The platform removes the pain out of discovery with Relevant Research, enabling readers to set up custom alerts directly on their tablets and be notified whenever articles that matter to them are published.

Newgen’s President, Maran Elancheran, is keen to participate in the 2015 Digital Library Federation Forum (poster session) and establish a dialog with library communities. Newgen is excited to learn and understand more about how librarians access and consume scholarly content in this digital age. We are also interested to know about the innovative approaches being implemented by library communities (to engage the readers and also to reuse data and collections).

Newgen is also wondering how much of OA content is being consumed by researchers/readers nowadays and how a librarian deals with OA content. We are also interested to know how the library community deals with mobile platforms and manages data collection (for understanding reader’s usage and behavior patterns).

With this rapid growth of OA, it is inevitable for librarians to provide a right platform that enables readers to find, access and consume the relevant content on the go. ResearchPad OAE using its Relevant Research and other key features such as citation export, full-text search and library management enables researchers to stay updated on the latest research that matters to them.

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Partnering with IR managers to co-develop DSpace plugins http://www.diglib.org/archives/9799/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9799/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:00:19 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9799 Proud-sponsor-2015-Forum-750x600Letitia Mukherjee
This guest post is provided by Letitia Mukherjee, Market Development Manager, Elsevier 

Institutional repositories are becoming ubiquitous at institutions that want to maintain a record of and promote their research. The challenge is to ensure the repositories are up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive. To address this challenge, Elsevier would like to work with IR managers of DSpace repositories to co-develop plugins that work with our ScienceDirect APIs.

In this regard, the Digital Library Federation Forum – as a “meeting place, a marketplace, and a congress” – is the perfect starting place to find an experienced digital librarian to partner with, explore new ways of working, and then evangelize together to the greater community.

Are you excited about the possibilities that ScienceDirect APIs present for IRs? As a pilot partner, you will benefit not only from the enhanced services for your IR and authors, but also serve as a leader in the library community in exploring IR automation and enhancement as we discuss the project on our web pages and in Elsevier’s Library Connect Newsletter. 

Stop by my poster session on Monday, October 26, 2016, from 4:00 – 6:00pm, or email me at l.mukherjee@elsevier.com to learn more.

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The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) at the DLF Forum http://www.diglib.org/archives/9791/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9791/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:30:13 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9791 Proud-sponsor-2015-Forum-750x600Eviva Weinraub

This guest post is provided by Evviva Weinraub, Services Manager at Digital Preservation Network (DPN).



When institutions digitize content, or accept born digital content, they are beginning the long journey of digital preservation.  Digital preservation starts as soon as you take possession of a digital object. If you have a repository, some of these decisions have been thought through, but the responsibility and challenges are still there.

So, you work with your local IT group, whether they be your library IT or your campus IT to find the right hardware to store your content. You make sure they have your data backed up, maybe to another facility across town or a copy with an outside group such as DuraCloud, MetaArchive, Arkivum, APTrust, or Chronopolis, and there is at least one tape backup of the data going to an offsite storage facility. You work to make sure checksums are being done on your data on a regular basis.  

You read the preservation specs which recommend at least three copies in diverse locations. You’ve got that.  You want to make sure they are diverse architectures. You’ve got that. You’re feeling pretty good, overall. You should.  You’ve created a digital preservation plan in case you lose your local copy for some reason.  

But what happens if the institution fails? What happens if there is a regional disaster? What happens if the political climate at your institution changes, and the content you’re responsible for is no longer desired? What happens to your data then?

The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) is a federation of 60+ institutions in higher education who are working together to not just to create a network of dark, diverse, replicated repositories, but to provide those members that deposit content a guarantee of recoverability for at least 20 years, and the ability to transfer the stewardship role for that content to another institution under specific circumstances.  

DPN is set to be live for preservation ingestion in January 2016. We have been thoroughly testing our network with our partners; APTrust, Texas Digital Libraries, Hathi Trust, Chronopolis, DuraSpace, and Stanford Digital Libraries, over the last few months and have recently begun testing larger scale ingestion and transfer throughout the network using HathiTrust data.  We are close to having finalized legal documentation out to our membership, and are busy working through ingestion services for users.  

It’s an exciting time for DPN! Visit our poster session to learn more about DPN and where we are with our go-live timeline. We’ve proudly sponsored the DLF forum so we can reach out to members of the digital library community and learn more about what your needs are and how we can meet them together.  

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LYRASIS at the DLF Forum http://www.diglib.org/archives/9694/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9694/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:00:34 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9694 Proud-sponsor-2015-Forum-750x600Robert Miller

This guest post is provided by Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS.

Hello, My name is Robert Miller, the new CEO of LYRASIS. I am looking forward to the Digital Library Federation Forum. It is exciting to be a part of a forum and furthermore a community who holds the same interests as so many of us—digitization, collaboration and access to collections. This forum is an opportunity to network and hear first-hand the best practices of digitization and what one needs to know at any time during the process. And an international one at that!

By attending this conference, I hope to meet a lot of LYRASIS members, partners and future members and partners who are all focused on the same thing—making our unique collections accessible and sustainable for future generations. Here at LYRASIS, we are strongly focused on one thing: our mission which is to help archives, libraries and museums meet their mission. We are not only the organizational home for ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace but also are a part of their development so that we offer these open source solutions ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace and Islandora Hosting Services to those who need them. We offer consulting and training opportunities on digitization, digital preservation and many more topics. We offer discounts on conference registrations, classes, and have one of the strongest licensing programs in the world which provides buying power and large discounts on eResources. 

But there is more we can do. In order to do more, we, LYRASIS, a non-profit membership organization, has to be in where our communities and thought leaders are in order to hear the needs of the organizations and help however we can to meet the needs of the communities. What is needed? Funding, collaborative exploration and solutions, support, consulting and sustainable models to ensure organizations and collections are here now and preserved for future generations. We know a bit of what we need at the moment, but what are the needs tomorrow? Do we know? Who else can help? Who else can we partner with who have the same vision as we do? Together at the forum we can have open discussions, share insights and march forward on solutions!

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Truman Technologies, SOAR, and the DLF Forum http://www.diglib.org/archives/9673/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9673/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:56:54 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9673 Proud-sponsor-2015-Forum-750x600

Gail Truman of Truman Technologies

This guest post is provided by Gail Truman, Principal and Owner of Truman Technologies.


Digital repositories are so celebrated for their benefits (increased searchability, access, and preservation!) that it can be difficult to focus on the barriers to entry that many libraries and organizations face: a lack of on-premise resources—such as dedicated servers and IT staff—as well as the substantial cost of a digital initiative. So where do you put your data when you can’t house it yourself and don’t have a huge budget?

Stick it in the cloud. At Truman Technologies, LLC, we’re experts in traditional IT data center storage, digital repositories, and the cloud. We’ll manage storage aspects of your project for you by outlining the technology implementation details so you can just confidently check them off. Take the credit, we don’t mind.

But what do we actually do? Well, we assembled SOAR, the Scalable Online Archive Repository. It’s a solution for clients who don’t have the resources to house repositories on-site or to retain in-house IT support. SOAR includes training, consulting services, and ongoing 24×7 support.

Putting your data in the cloud is risky because you are allowing a third party to manage access to your files. What if the CEO of your service provider leaves his job to pursue an acting career, and the entire business folds? What if hackers target data that just happens to be stored next to yours, and your files are swept up in the attack? What if your service provider fails to create effective boundaries between your data and another client’s, giving the shape-shifting Reptilian shadow government access to your files? Through SOAR, you can mitigate risks to your data’s security.

With the SOAR suite, your data exists in the Islandora digital repository system, and is hosted and managed in a secure, geographically-dispersed private cloud environment. Not only does SOAR Cloud Edition not require you to have your own equipment or archiving platform, not only does it offer rapid anytime-anywhere access at a compelling cost, but it also includes customizable, enterprise-class SLAs (Service Level Agreements). These bad boys ensure that your data security, system performance, and availability needs for your business are met. You can even contractually spell out requirements for service providers to report potential and actual security breaches, or specify the location and ownership of stored data.

Visit our poster session to pick up a laptop sticker and talk with us. We’ve proudly sponsored the DLF Forum so that we can connect with the digital library community and hear more from attendees like you. Can you imagine your data in a secure, supported, and private cloud? How can we help, and what can we learn?

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Announcing the 2015 DLF Forum Program http://www.diglib.org/archives/9371/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9371/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:17:53 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9371 We are very pleased to announce the availability of the full 2015 DLF Forum program!
With 209 submissions to the Forum proper, the DLF community more than doubled last year’s record-breaking response to our annual CFP. This made the task before our dedicated, volunteer Program Planning Committee even more challenging than expected. Community voting and careful committee review, along with the opening of an additional track of parallel sessions–and the willingness of our presenters to combine or condense presentations, and to keep strictly to time–has helped us accommodate as many participants as possible. The PPC is proud of creating a program that showcases excellent work being done in DLF member institutions and across the wide variety of fields and professions related to digital library development and use. Even more, as it is framed by an opening keynote by Safiya Noble, scholar of critical race theory, gender, and technology, and a closing, interactive session on “Setting Agendas for the DLF,” we hope this will be a program that pushes our broad and diverse community of practice forward.

Registration for the 2015 DLF Forum sold out unusually early this year, but we are adding names to our registration waiting list, and space remains in pre-and post-conference affiliated events, including the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-conference, DPLA Data Day, a LODLAM in Practice Workshop, the DPN Membership Meeting, the Taiga Forum, and more.

We hope to see many of you for the 2015 DLF Forum program in Vancouver. And mark your calendars for next year’s Forum, scheduled for 7-9 November 2016 in Milwaukee!

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Childcare at the Forum http://www.diglib.org/archives/9317/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9317/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:58:30 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9317 We want to make it easier for parents and caregivers to participate fully in the Vancouver DLF Forum, so we plan to connect attending families with a recommended local babysitting agency. With the generous support of seed funds from the CURATEcamp community, we are also able to subsidize some portion of the costs!

If you would like childcare at the Vancouver DLF Forum, please let us know more about your needs by August 31 September 1 (extended), midnight. We will respond with costs and the degree to which we can assist by Tuesday, September 8, and we may follow up with you individually in the meantime if we need more information. Again, that link is: http://goo.gl/forms/Pd51WZE4LN.

Would you like to support the DLF’s ongoing capacity to offset childcare costs at our events? Please contact Louisa Kwasigroch at lkwasigroch@clir.org.

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Announcing the 2015 DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Preconference Program http://www.diglib.org/archives/9286/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9286/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:23:55 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9286 We are excited to announce that the program for the first Digital Library Federation Liberal Arts Colleges Preconference is now available.

An opening keynote and closing panel will bookend the day and frame conversations. The keynote will be jointly presented by Cecily Walker, Assistant Manager for Community Digital Initiatives & eLearning at Vancouver Public Library, and Chris Bourg, Ph.D., Director of Libraries at MIT. The closing panel, “Lead, Follow, or Listen,” will consider how liberal arts colleges can best contribute to ongoing discussions and activities in the digital library world. The panel will be interactive, and include administrator, library director, and digital librarian perspectives. Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Digital Library Federation, will be the emcee.

Cecily Walker

Cecily Walker. Photo: tris hussey.

Chris Bourg

Chris Bourg. Photo: Wayne Vanderkuil.







The preconference will also include concurrent sessions of presentations and panels on pedagogical, organizational, and technological approaches to the digital humanities and digital scholarship, data curation, digital collections, and digital preservation. Presenters represent many regions and institution sizes, reflecting the strength and variety of the liberal arts community.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver. Register now!

Laurie Allen (Haverford College) and Kelcy Shepherd (Amherst College), co-chairs
on behalf of the planning committee:

Angie Beiriger (Reed College)
Kevin Butterfield (University of Richmond)
Brooke Cox (DePauw University)
Joanna DiPasquale (Vassar College)
Elisa Lanzi (Smith College)
Johan Oberg (Macalaster College)

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It’s Milwaukee! 2016 DLF Forum announced. http://www.diglib.org/archives/9174/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9174/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:58:12 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9174 Planning is still underway for our 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, but we know you want to save the date for arts, culture, beer, cheese, and digital libraries in 2016. Mark your calendars for a trip to Wisconsin! The 2016 DLF Forum will be held November 7-9 in Milwaukee.

We will meet at the historic Pfister Hotel, just blocks from Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum, dining destinations, and nightlife. The hotel has an incredible Victorian art collection, an artist-in-residence program, and a spa. Our local hosts will be the Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.

You can stay informed on all the news about Vancouver and our plans for Milwaukee in 2016, by subscribing to our Forum mailing list, joining the DLF listserv, “liking” us on Facebook, or following us at @CLIRDLF on Twitter.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 DLF Forum are also now available. View the prospectus to find out more about how your organization can support the digital library practitioner community by sponsoring the DLF Forum.

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Meet the 2015 DLF Forum Fellows! http://www.diglib.org/archives/9102/ http://www.diglib.org/archives/9102/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:20:26 +0000 http://www.diglib.org/?p=9102 This year, the Digital Library Federation was thrilled to offer five separate fellowship programs for attendees to our annual DLF Forum. The generosity of our sponsors, partners, and member organizations will make it possible for the following 15 deserving awardees to attend the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 26–28.

A very warm welcome to our 2015 DLF Forum Fellows!

ARL + DLF Fellows from Underrepresented Groups

In 2010, the Digital Library Federation made a positive change and commitment to being an open organization, welcoming members from all parts of the digital library community, soliciting contributions to the annual Forum from members and non members alike, and making every effort to connect conversations that extend beyond our organizational borders. Our community grew as a result, and our Forums have been enriched with new voices and perspectives that yield a more dynamic and exciting event.

The DLF Forum is fairly gender-balanced both for speakers and attendees. We see limited representation from a number of communities, however, and seek to increase participant diversity. To this end, we continue to offer our ARL + DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups (established 2013), for the 2015 Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia.

These fellows are part of or were nominated by a current DLF member institution, or otherwise identify their institutions as community colleges, historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges or universities (TCUs), or state, local, or regional tribal governments. Fellows are interested in actively contributing to the DLF Forum and are part of a traditionally underrepresented group including, but not limited to, people of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.

Jasmine Jones

Metadata and Technical Services Archivist
Smith College

Shanée Yvette Murrain

Seminary Archivist, Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Memorial Library
Payne Theological Seminary

T-Kay Sangwand
Archivist for Human Rights Documentation Initiative | Librarian for Brazilian Studies at Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Yasmeen Shorish

Physical & Life Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor
James Madison University

Learn more about the ARL + DLF Fellows from Underrepresented Groups.

DLF + ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award Fellows

Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) and DLF are pleased to announce the recipients of two travel grants to the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, BC.

The purpose of these grants is to extend the opportunity to attend the DLF Forum to two library professionals who would not typically be able to go, but who can envision and articulate a connection with their ER&L-related work and who see great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network. The cross-pollinator grants are also part of an ongoing effort to explore connections between these two communities. In turn, DLF and ER&L will come together to support DLF community members in attending the ER&L 2016 conference from April 3–6 in Austin, Texas.

Kelsey Brett

Discovery Systems Librarian
University of Houston Libraries

Jonathan Shank
Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian
Northwestern University
@ShankLib | http://galter.northwestern.edu/

Learn more about the DLF + ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award Fellows.

DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinators

For the second year, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the DLF are supporting fellowships for practicing museum professionals seeking more exposure on the trends in digital libraries. The DLF community is always looking for ways to expand the conversation around digital collections and related activities and include new perspectives at the Forum.

The goal of these fellowships is to bring cross-pollinators—museum professionals who can provide unique perspectives to our work and share a vision of the cultural heritage world from their perspective—to the conference. In our increasingly networked world, we hope to increase communication between all groups interested in the future of digital resources, including museums, libraries, colleges and universities, and anyone working in the realm of digital collections and services.

Sumitra Duncan

New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Web Archiving Coordinator
Frick Art Reference Library

Neil Sreenan

Manager, Digital Asset Systems
Dallas Museum of Art
@nsreenan | neilsreenan.com

Bojana Vidović

National Museum Zrenjanin, Serbia

Scott Williams
Data & Database Administrator
Yale University Art Gallery
@moltude | http://moltude.com

Learn more about the DLF Forum Museum Cross-Pollinators.

DLF Forum Students and New Professionals Fellows

The DLF community welcomes newcomers to the profession and new voices at its annual DLF Forum. To further this aim, we continue to provide DLF Forum Fellowships for Students and New Professionals to attend the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 26–28.

The DLF community includes staff who work in cultural heritage organizations who are lively, intellectually engaged, and inquisitive, but who are not always routinely funded to travel to conferences where they can learn more about the library profession, see digital initiatives from other institutions, and meet leaders in the profession. The Forum is an excellent place to hear about the latest advances in digital librarianship, to meet new colleagues and contacts, and to get involved with DLF initiatives.

Celia Emmelhainz

Social Sciences Data Librarian
Colby College
@celiemme | databrarians.org

Angela Galvan

Digital Reformatting Specialist and Head of Interlibrary Services
The Ohio State University

Christine Malinowski
Fellow for Research Data Management
MIT Libraries

Hannivett Nabahe
Graduate Student
School of Information at the University of Arizona

Learn more about the DLF Forum Students and New Professionals Fellows.

VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant Fellow

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) and the DLF are pleased to support a Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant for the DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 26–28.

The goal of the VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant is to bring a cross-pollinator—a visual resources professional working in a library, archive, museum, or academic setting who can provide a unique perspective with DLF and share a vision of the digital library world from their perspective—to the conference. The grant recipient can envision and articulate a connection with their work and sees great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network.

The Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant is a reciprocal program between the DLF and VRA. The program will also bring a digital library practitioner who typically attends the DLF Forum to the 2016 ARLIS/NA + VRA conference in Seattle, March 8–12.

Andrea Schuler
Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture
Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries

Learn more about this year’s VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant Fellow.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors for making these fellowships possible.


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