Welcome to the Digital Revolution. Where Are Your Libraries?


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American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA 2012

As practitioners involved with digital projects, we feel a discussion on the use and value of digital libraries is valuable for librarians across many disciplines. Our discussion on digital libraries will offer colleagues the valuable opportunity to discuss how to start a digital library project, issues they have encountered, and the opportunity to seek the advice of their peers. We hope our discussion on the future of digital libraries is inspiring and helpful to institutions just starting to investigate digital libraries, as well as those already embarked on projects of their own. We welcome all interested librarians to bring their questions about digital library projects to this facilitated discussion.

- Julie Judkins, Digital Librarian, Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
- Krystal Thomas, Digital Library Coordinator and Archivist, Theodore Roosevelt Center, Dickinson State University

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  • The AIE will be a collection of over 50,000 pages of materials that document the experience of diverse communities in the United States in fall 1918 and winter 1919 when flu took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans from coast to coast. It will highlight the human and social experiences of disease, death, and dislocation associated with the pandemic. The AIE will provide access to an extensive set of interpretative documents, such as city essays, timelines, information boxes, and sidebars that will help guide the reader and serve as templates for self-guided research projects. It is intended for a wide-ranging audience that encompasses high school and college students, historians and social scientists, epidemiologists and public health practitioners, journalists and writers, as well as casual internet users interested in the period. The bulk of the collection will consist of original archival materials, namely:Permalink for this paragraph 0 Relevant newspaper articles from all cities studied for the CDC report (September 1918 – March 1919)Relevant excerpts from minority newspapers, categorized by circulation, readership, and political affiliation, including immigrant (Italian, Polish, Mexican) and African American newspapers (September 1918 – March 1919)All available municipal annual health and other reports from 50 of the most populous cities in the United States (1917-1922)Every available U.S. state and federal report on influenza (1917-1922)U.S. Census mortality data and local and state case incidence data (September 1918-March 1919)The corpus of published medical, public health, and popular literature on the 1918 influenza pandemic in the United States (1918-1928)U.S. military records, primarily from the Army and Navy (1918-1921)Letters and correspondenceMinutes of organizations and groupsOfficial proclamations and ordersReports of agencies and charitiesDiaries and recollectionsPhotographsThese materials were collected at over 142 archival repositories across the United States. The majority of these materials were scanned from high-quality photocopies made from the original repository collections.
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  • Welcome to the Digital Revolution. Where Are Your Libraries?

    2. 2. MSI, Archives & Records Management, Library & Information Science, University of Michigan Digital Librarian, Center for the History of Medicine (CHM), University of Michigan Medical School American Influenza Encyclopedia based on research materials for DTRA & CDC funded projects Anticipated launch October 2012 Developed with MPublishing 142 U.S. archives JULIE JUDKINS
    3. 3. MSI, Archives and Records Management from University of Michigan Digital Library Coordinator and Archivist, Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University Working since late 2009 on the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library DL launched November 2011 with 4,000 items, currently holds over 11,000 items Works with nine contributing partners KRYSTAL THOMAS
    4. 4.  Who is our audience?  What standards should we follow?  What information should be in our collection policy?  What software/hardware will we need?  How will we finance this project? How will we maintain it?  How much staff time will we need? Do we need a new staff member? INITIAL PLANNING
    5. 5. Create a comprehensive collection policy  What materials do we want to include in the scanning project? What materials do we want to exclude?  Where do our materials originate from? What sources have them?  Will we include everything forever? Will we ever “deaccession”? WHAT TO SCAN?
    6. 6. AIE  Independent web designer  MPublishing  Digital Conversion Unit (digitization)  Scholarly Publishing Office (backend)  Financed by grants (NEH, Robert Wood Johnson), initial research funded by DTRA & CDC TR Digital Library  On-site resources were scarce but we had the funding to find good vendor partners for servers, software and preservation  Financed by grants, state and federal funding – fighting to become a permanent line of the DSU budget RESOURCES REQUIRED
    7. 7. Before 1923? You’re in the clear for published materials After 1923? Published? Under copyright Unpublished? If the author died in 1941 or before, in the clear! COPYRIGHT CONCERNS  What is your level of risk?  Talk to a lawyer and get your guidelines written so that everyone knows what level of risk the organization is going to take  How much research will need to be done? How much time are you willing to take with research? What resources will you need to complete that research?
    8. 8.  How do we afford to maintain this project over time?  How will we migrate to new formats over time?  Do we have a disaster plan?  What do we need to do to ensure long-term preservation of the images and metadata? LONGEVITY University of Utah
    9. 9.  Partners for the TR Center has been essential – we don’t own 98% of the materials in our collection…but we paid to get most of them scanned and cataloged  The AIE wouldn’t be possible without the co- operation of archives &MPublishing COLLABORATION University of North Carolina, Asheville
    10. 10.  Before Launch  Who will use our collections and what are their needs? Their expectations?  During Launch  How can we test the usability of the new site? How do we implement suggestions?  After Launch  How do we track site usage? What behaviors should we be tracking?  What additional features or content need to be added to meet the future/on-going needs of our audience? USER TESTING
    11. 11.  Where is your audience?  On the web: build excitement for the project through a social media presence  Locally: hold a “launching soon” event to get your local community invested in the project; hold a small panel discussion or conference with speakers or activities related to your project  Can you use local volunteers? International volunteers? They can help promote the project.  Present at research conferences  Write an article or case study for a peer-reviewed journal  Use your listservs, social media and professional networks GETTING THE WORD OUT
    12. 12.  The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia www.influenzaarchive.org  Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org  Walt Whitman Archivewww.whitmanarchive.org/  National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults www.digitalvaults.org/  Community and Conflict: The Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarkswww.ozarkscivilwar.org/  Minnesota Reflectionswww.reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/  Europeanawww.europeana.eu/portal/index.html  World Digital Librarywww.wdl.org/en/ SOME INSPIRATION