DLF https://www.diglib.org Digital Library Federation Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:10:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Undergrads@ILiADS https://www.diglib.org/archives/12845/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12845/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:15:34 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12845  




Philippa (Pippa) Schwarzkopf, Hamilton Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow at Hamilton College, contributed this video.



ILiADS.org is a project-based and team-based week-long summer institute offering focused support for digital scholarship projects. Click below to hear what undergrads did at ILiADS 2016! And if you’re at the Forum, stop by the panel session “ILiADS: Building Communities for Digital Scholarship,” at 9:35 am on Wednesday, Nov. 9.


For more on digital initiatives at Hamilton, see https://vimeo.com/182889182

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A Visit to the Digitization Lab at Philadelphia Museum of Art https://www.diglib.org/archives/12822/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12822/#respond Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:28:36 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12822 head-shots

This video comes to us from Karina Wratschko (left), special projects librarian, and Margaret Huang (right), digital archivist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.



Enjoy this armchair tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Digitization Lab!


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2016 Fellows, Part II! https://www.diglib.org/archives/12750/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12750/#respond Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:14:41 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12750 We’re glad to welcome six Cross-Pollinators to our cohort of 2016 Fellows, five of whom will be attending the Forum in November, and one who will be traveling to MCN!

Our Force11 Cross-Pollinator Fellow comes to us as part of a reciprocal program that sent a DLF community member to the FORCE2016 conference in the spring. (See Joshua Finnell’s report.)

Our DLF-GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellows come to us through a generous grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the partnership of colleagues at ARLIS/NA, MCN, and AIC, and VRA. With this program, the Digital Library Federation seeks to bring new voices and perspectives to our Forum–particularly those from the art museum community–and to continue our practice of “cross-pollination” by sending accomplished DLF practitioners and Forum attendees to valuable conferences they might not otherwise visit. Museum and library staff face similar challenges in the digital landscape and yet have too few opportunities to come together. Our 2016/17 fellowship winners will join a larger cohort of 2016 DLF Forum Fellows and Cross-Pollinator Fellows, and will be asked to share their experiences with a
wide audience on the DLF blog.

Applications for DLF practitioners to travel to ARLIS/NAAIC, and VRA in 2017 are still open!

Kress+DLF Cross-Pollinator Fellows

SherriBergerSherri Berger
Product Manager
California Digital Library

As a product manager at the California Digital Library, I focus on front-end development of the statewide digital collection aggregations the Online Archive of California and Calisphere. I am thrilled to be attending the Museum Computer Network conference this year, where I hope to learn more about how museums develop, manage, and share digital collections. I’m especially interested in creative projects museums have undertaken and experimental tools they have implemented to engage users with digital collections in new ways.


Brenna Campbell
Rare Books Conservator
Princeton University Library

As a Rare Books Conservator at Princeton University Library, I treat a wide range of bound materials from Princeton’s rare and special collections, and consult on preservation projects to ensure the longevity of the collections as a whole. I have provided conservation support for several digitization projects, both at Princeton and in previous positions at Harvard University, The Morgan Library & Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and University of Iowa Libraries. I look forward to using my time at the Forum to gain a more holistic understanding of digital library projects, and to learn more about digital repositories.

lisathumbnailLisa Goldberg
Private Conservator and AIC News Editor

As an active member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic works, I have a long term interest in developing conservation and collections care resources for the entire community, especially those that allow wider distribution and growth through digital participation. I am also currently enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate program in Library and Information Science so as to learn more about library and archival principles and practice as I continue to think about the larger communication issues that face conservators who want to share and save information resources.


Stacy R. Williams
Head, Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library
University of Southern California

At the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, I provide instruction, outreach, and research consultations for architecture, art history, and fine arts. During instruction sessions, I encourage the exploration of the USC Digital Library as a way of discovering the history of Los Angeles’ public art and architecture through its online collection of images. I am looking forward to attending DLF 2016, to learn more about how digital humanities can be incorporated into instruction for undergraduate students. My goal is to create workflows for small scale digital humanities projects that students can recreate using the collections of USC Libraries.


Karina Wratschko
Special Projects Librarian
Philadelphia Museum of Art

As the Special Projects Librarian at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I project manage and assist with research and development of new initiatives, digital tools, and platforms. I find discussions about supporting digital scholarship through open licenses, interoperable information infrastructures, and interactive digital presentations fascinating. Since I am the Project Manager for the National Digital Stewardship Residency for art information professionals (NDSR Art), I am thrilled to be able to attend sessions about innovative digital preservation practices and building communities of practice at both the forum and Digital Preservation 2016. I am so honored to be selected and look forward to meeting and learning from the DLF community.

Force11+DLF Cross-Pollinator Fellow

HuePhamHue Thi Pham
Head of Training and Research Support Division
Hanoi University Library, Vietnam

I am the Head of Training and Research Support Division at Hanoi University Library, Vietnam and a Research Associate at Monash University, Australia. I have just completed my PhD in Information Technology at Monash University and will be attending the graduation ceremony on 26th October! I am interested in collaboration among different stakeholders of universities to promote digital scholarship and research partnership. I am also keen on working in inter-disciplinary research through which people with different knowledge, expertise, skills, and cultures can work together to address critical research problems from multiple perspectives. Coming to DLF forum, I am expecting to expand my knowledge of the current digital library technologies in promoting scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and e-research services; and to network with other academics, GLAM experts, and IT specialists to share new ideas and collaborate in international research. I am active on Research Gate and Academia.edu. Looking forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!

A warm welcome to all our 2016 Fellows; we look forward to reading about your experiences on the blog!

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AMIA + DLF Virtual Cross-Pollinator Fellowships https://www.diglib.org/archives/12728/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12728/#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:43:00 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12728 This year, as DLF Forum and DigiPres attendees gather in Milwaukee, the fourth annual AMIA/DLF Hack Day will be taking place at the same time in Pittsburgh! As a result, we’re trying something a little different than usual to get members of all three communities to participate in cross-conference dialogue about audiovisual use and preservation.

Here’s what we need: two already-registered participants from each of the three events to describe and expand on discussions of AV preservation/use throughout the meetings. This ‘virtual cross-pollination’ can take place on Twitter (#AVhack16), IRC—or another outlet, if preferred. In addition, AMIA will host a virtual drop-in space for cross-talk between conferences.

Each fellow will receive a $200 honorarium.

Some background on AMIA/DLF Hack Day (November 9); the event is put on through a partnership between the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) prior to the annual AMIA conference. Hack Day is a unique opportunity for practitioners and managers of digital audiovisual collections to join with developers and engineers for an intense day of collaboration to develop solutions for digital audiovisual preservation and access. More info is available here.

To participate as a Virtual Cross-Pollinator, submit a brief proposal (1-2 paragraphs) answering the following questions:

1. Which conference are you registered for and planning to attend?

2. How do you see yourself fulfilling the cross-pollinator role?

3. How will you encourage activity and discussion online?

4. What social media platform(s) or other channels will you use?

The deadline has been extended to October 26th, 4pm EST.

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Three Questions with Joy Perrin https://www.diglib.org/archives/12703/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12703/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:30:33 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12703 perrin-dlfc


Joy Perrin is Associate Librarian and Digital Resources Manager at Texas Tech University Libraries.



What must change in our field?

Right now there are more and more unique needs that are harder to meet with traditional library services. I think we need more librarians who can code. I’m seeing firsthand the discrepancy between the things that librarians and patrons want and the software available now. If you can’t buy it, make it. You can collaborate with a programmer, but you need to know how to speak their language and you need to know what’s possible and what isn’t. The answer is that we all need to have at least a working knowledge of programing and data munging/wrangling. Get familiar with working with XML, OpenRefine, and a programing language and you’ll be arming yourself with some powerful instruments of change.

What should endure?

I think the service nature of the library should endure. Most important is the dedication to getting people the information they need as fast and easily as possible. The very best projects are the ones that focus on that aspect of librarianship. It’s hard to imagine anything else about libraries enduring. I hope everything else changes because if it doesn’t, we haven’t done our jobs correctly. Our last dean told a story about how sailing ships had their greatest period of innovation right before they became obsolete. He used it as a warning about how you have to change drastically to stay current rather than just making old things better. I think to some extent he was right.

What are you or your colleagues geeking out on lately?

My immediate group is geeking out over playing with open source software, creating new software, dealing with metadata longterm, and dealing with data in general. For me, I geek out over exploiting technology to produce more content faster. For example, at the TCDL this year, a group from the University of Texas at Austin gave a presentation about how to automatically identify Open Access works and they presented a process for automating putting the items into a repository. Camille Thomas and I have been playing with their method and adjusting it for our needs and I have visions of possibly automating the whole process and integrating it into a software like VIVO someday. I geek out at stuff like that.

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The World of Chemistry in Stamps https://www.diglib.org/archives/12672/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12672/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:30:49 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12672 Michelle DiMeo


This update comes to us from Michelle DiMeo, Director of Digital Library Initiatives, Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation.



Ghana Stamp

This postage stamp depicting the weighing of jars commemorates Ghana’s conversion to the metric system in 1975. It is a part of the Witco Stamp Collection, which comprises seven binders of stamps representing chemistry and related sciences from over 90 countries, dating from 1910 to 1983. The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is in the process of digitizing curated selections from its archival, modern library, rare book, and museum collections for inclusion in its forthcoming digital repository built on Hydra. Due for public release next year, the repository will allow CHF to present item-level metadata for objects like stamps while linking to the finding aid for the larger collection.

For more information on the Witco Stamp Collection and a link to the finding aid, visit the site.

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September Unsubscription Kerfuffle https://www.diglib.org/archives/12638/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12638/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:23:31 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12638 Wayne Graham
This update comes from Wayne Graham, Technical Director at CLIR + DLF. You can follow him on Twitter @wayne_graham and Github @waynegraham.

Late last week we started getting notices that folks on our various email lists were getting unsubscribed.

That’s not good :/

After a bit of digging around in the log files on the server, I discovered this issue was affecting all email going through Google’s servers (Gmail and any of their domains for work).

That’s really not good.

Digging even deeper (and with some helpful folks in the code4lib Slack), we discovered that Google recently updated how it handles mass emails. Since then, I’ve been working to 1) stop this unintended unsubscribe from happening and 2) make sure this doesn’t happen again.

We currently have a temporary fix in place and, from what I can tell, these emails are now reaching their destination. The longer-term fix involves migrating domain registrars, and it should be completed by September 26th.

In the meantime, if you run into any problems, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or find me in the code4lib Slack.

The Technical Bits

As I started looking at this issue, I noticed a consistent entry in the log files for addresses routing through Google’s servers.

View the code on Gist.

Ugh, I know what this is… So a little background (and a warning that this is going to get pretty technical).

For a few years now, Google has had an email policy that places IPv6 requirements for servers sending bulk email (well, all email basically), requiring a PTR record for reverse DNS. Google also suggests having an SPF and/or DKIM check in your DNS. Not too difficult, so I added an SPF record for the IP (v4) for the server. However, eth0 has both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, and Google’s servers, understandably, try to do everything in IPv6.

Easy, right? Just head over to the domain registrar and add a AAAA record. Much to much shock, the only way to do this is to send them an email to request someone to register it for you. Boo. Time to start planning a domain migration.

But the more immediate problem still exists on how to handle delivering emails through Google’s servers. Google’s guidelines say that IPv4 should work, so I updated the SPF record to use the IP for the server. However, Google still thought email was coming from the IPv6 interface. After some research, I found a lot of people complaining about Google’s IPv6 policies as well as a workaround that would take the permanent rejection from Google and turn it into a temporary one for Postfix to retry the delivery via IPv4.

In my main.cf file, I added this:

View the code on Gist.

And in /etc/postfix/smtp_reply_filter had this:

View the code on Gist.

This served as a stopgap while I planned to migrate domains to a service we could manage AAAA records better. Everything was working pretty well until early September (the best I can tell), when Google updated the error message sent after unsuccessful IPv6 reverse DNS lookups. Thanks to @jeff in code4lib slack, we discovered that the string information was removed from the header, causing the regex to fail.

With this knowledge, I updated /etc/postfix/smtp_reply_filter with a regex to read:

View the code on Gist.

This appears to stem the email messages from being blocked, and in watching the mail.log file, the responses from gsmtp servers are like this now:

View the code on Gist.

At this point, I’m continuing to monitor the email server logs for issues (if you’re having one, please let me know). I’m also working with our registrar to add the IPv6 address as I start the domain transfer (I couldn’t even update the name servers while I waited), but conducting domain registrations via email is a frustratingly slow process.

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Collaborate with us on “Cultural Assessment” https://www.diglib.org/archives/12594/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12594/#respond Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:08:14 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12594 Hannah Scates KettlerThis update comes to us from Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Iowa and coordinator of a new working group on Cultural Assessment within the DLF Assessment Interest Group.

It may have been a few months since you last heard from us. Or you may not even know we exist! The Cultural Assessment Interest Group is a new DLF AIG initiative that sprang from many conversations held during last year’s DLF Forum in Vancouver. Channeling energy from Dr. Sofiya Noble’s keynote (“Power, Privilege, and the Imperative to Act) on our social and cultural responsibilities for information structures, a group of DLF GLAM specialists came together to begin evaluating how well we librarians are representing and delivering the shared cultural heritage in our digital collections.

By May 2016, the group of librarians, anthropologists, and museum specialists felt the need to act. As we began to gather under the rubric of “Cultural Assessment,” we drafted a charge, which you can read in full here.

Questions arose regarding our goal to “identify institutional data and practices that may be relevant to building a robust understanding of ‘cultural assessment.’ How do we determine how socially aware and culturally responsible our digital collections are? How do we conduct a “cultural assessment” of our digital collections? Wait, what is “cultural assessment”??  By attempting to define what the group meant by “cultural assessment”, we called on some friends in Anthropology to help us. We are currently in the throes of defining the overarching concept of cultural assessment and we are very grateful for their input.

Yet, there is concrete work that can be done while we grapple with this abstract idea. We can still evaluate our workflows whether or not we can currently pin down exactly what ‘cultural assessment’ means. We know the end goal is to make our digital collections as inclusive as we may, representative of diverse cultural heritage objects and points of view, and described in a way that is accessible to different communities.

Several smaller groups have emerged to tackle areas that may have influence on our digital collection and information modeling. Those include Selection & Digitization, which focuses on how institutions choose and prioritize materials for digitization. Our Levels of Digitization and Preservation Group is investigating how libraries (and eventually how  archives –we need more expertise here!) determine levels of digitization and preservation for digital collections. A Metadata & Description Practices Group will attempt to outline potential measures and standards for metadata and description activities that allow digital collections to be culturally aware. Last but not in any way least, a Publicizing Collections and Discoverability Group will investigate how digital collections are presented, disseminated, and publicized based on communication practices that identify and target particular communities. All of these groups have an eye toward the impact of institutional decision-making, workflows, and practices on marginalized and underrepresented groups.

You can find the Cultural Assessment Interest Group Charge, as well as the charges of all these subgroups on the AIG’s DLF wiki page.

Our sub-groups meet regularly via Google Hangouts and communicate in a publicly-joinable Google Group, to build out a knowledge base about these topics. We are currently developing topic-driven bibliographies and searching for existing rubrics by which to measure our cultural awareness in digital collections. Several of the sub-groups are looking into established workflows for digitization and promotion of digital collections and welcome any input on how various institutions engage in these practices.

  • The Metadata Group meets bi-weekly on Mondays at 11:00am Central Time beginning Aug. 15 (see working documents)
  • The Digitization & Preservation Group meets bi-weekly on Mondays at 11:00am Central Time beginning Aug. 22 (see working documents)
  • The Publicizing and Discoverability Group meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 11:00am Central Time beginning Aug. 16 (see working documents)
  • The Selection & Digitization Group meets biweekly on Mondays at 12:00pm Central Time beginning Aug. 15 (see working documents)
  • The Annotated Bibliography Group meets biweekly on Mondays 12:00pm Central Time beginning Aug. 23 (see working documents)

As chair, I hope you’ll be inspired to lend your voice to these discussions. We are attempting to be as inclusive as possible and welcome a diverse array of experiences. The Cultural Assessment Interest Group would benefit from ideas and engagement from all of you in DLF and your friends in other GLAM institutions. Please consider joining us during any of the meet-ups over the next few months, if only for a little while.

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Kress and DLF Launch 2016-2017 GLAM Cross-Pollinator Awards https://www.diglib.org/archives/12527/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12527/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:33 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12527 The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Digital Library Federation are pleased to support eight new travel awards meant to foster collaboration among our museum and digital library communities. Four $1000 fellowships will be offered to non-DLF-affiliated GLAM professionals to attend the 2016 DLF Forum, and four DLF-affiliated practitioners will receive a $1000 award to attend one of the upcoming conferences of the following partnering organizations: AIC (the American Institute for Conservation), ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), MCN (Museum Computer Network), and VRA (Visual Resources Association). In addition to travel funding, each DLF/GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellow will receive free conference registration at the selected event, courtesy of DLF and its partners.

Through this generous Kress grant and the partnership of the AIC, ARLIS/NA, MCN, and VRA, the Digital Library Federation seeks to bring new voices and perspectives to our Forum–particularly those from the art museum community–and to continue our practice of “cross-pollination” by sending accomplished DLF practitioners and Forum attendees to valuable conferences they might not otherwise visit. Museum and library staff face similar challenges in the digital landscape and yet have too few opportunities to come together. Our 2016/17 fellowship winners will join a larger cohort of 2016 DLF Forum Fellows and Cross-Pollinator Fellows, and will be asked to share their experiences with a wide audience on the DLF blog.

Eligibility & Selections

To be eligible for an award to attend the 2016 DLF Forum, an applicant must be a member in good standing of one of the four organizations listed above. Special consideration will be given to professionals working in art museums or with art collections.

To be eligible for an award to attend the AIC, ARLIS/NA, MCN, or VRA annual meetings, an applicant must be affiliated with a DLF member organization. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to advancing research, learning, social justice, and/or the common good through the creation and/or use of digital library and museum technologies.

Award winners will be selected by CLIR/DLF staff in consultation with our Scholarships Committee, and subject to approval by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. You may apply for multiple awards, but preference will be given to applicants who have not yet been a DLF/GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellow.

Rolling Deadlines & Application Form

Applicants are asked to draft a personal statement of fewer than 500 words, to provide a link to a current résumé, vita, or professional profile online, and to certify that they have discussed the opportunity with a supervisor, explored additional means of support, and determined that full funding for attendance would not otherwise be available.

  • DLF Forum (7-9 November 2016): deadline 12 September
  • MCN (1-4 November 2016): deadline 12 September
  • ARLIS/NA: (5-9 February 2017): deadline 1 November
  • VRA (29 March – 1 April 2017): deadline 2 January
  • AIC (28 May – 1 June 2017): deadline 1 March

Apply online at: https://goo.gl/Syv5Zy

Questions may be directed to awards@diglib.org.


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DLF welcomes two new Program Associates! https://www.diglib.org/archives/12513/ https://www.diglib.org/archives/12513/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:38:59 +0000 https://www.diglib.org/?p=12513 The Digital Library Federation is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Program Associates, Katherine S. Kim and Rebecca Quon, who will join Team CLIR/DLF on September 6th!

Katherine Kim

Katherine Kim

Katherine Kim comes to us from the Modern Language Association‘s Office of Scholarly Communication, where she has most recently served as Assistant Acquisitions Editor, shepherding over 40 print and digital projects from proposal to publication. Her past experience includes work as Assistant Managing editor for the award-winning Post Road Magazine; as an instructor at Boston College, where she received her master’s degree in English; and as a teacher of conversational English at Mancheon Middle School in South Korea. Katherine will bring invaluable perspectives from her work in developing new processes for open and transparent online collaboration and the review of born-digital projects to our community-building activities at DLF.

Becca Quon

Becca Quon

Rebecca Quon is a recent graduate of the MLS program at the University of Maryland iSchool, concentrating in archives, records, and information management. While at UMD, she completed a number of museum, library, and government agency internships in digital/archival collections and data curation, including at NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities and at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has also worked in communications for the UMD School of Engineering–coordinating events and meetings, designing and writing for publications, and promoting community engagement through social media. Becca’s BA is in American History and Art History from UC-Riverside, and the broad range of her training and experience will support connections across DLF’s programs.

Welcome, Katherine and Becca! We’ll be introducing them to our various working groups, committees, and communities throughout the fall, and you’ll be able to meet them both in person in Milwaukee this November, at the DLF Forum, DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, and NDSA‘s Digital Preservation 2016.

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