Digital Library Startup

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Presentation on starting digital initiatives with little funding for the NJLA Conference, April 27, 2010.

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Digital Library Startup

  1. 1. Brigid Burke Technical Services & Digital Projects Librarian Fairleigh Dickinson University
  2. 2. <ul><li>300,000 Books </li></ul><ul><li>500 Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Special collections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5,000 items in Madison Archives (not including Sammartino Archives) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7,000 items in Hackensack Archives </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>No organized digital projects </li></ul><ul><li>Canon scanner and Photoshop </li></ul><ul><li>No server for digital projects </li></ul><ul><li>No budget for digital projects </li></ul><ul><li>No staff (except for me) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Money, money, money </li></ul><ul><li>Who is interested in our collections? </li></ul><ul><li>In house or outsource? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we going to put it? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Small projects can be done in house: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 pages of text, 100 images, or less </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text, photo, or audio sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Size of text/photos cannot be greater than 8 ½” x 11” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Larger projects require grant funding </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Talk to University Advancement office—deal with privately funded grants, alumni donations. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to Alumni Association, Friends of the Library, other interested groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what archival materials are being requested from Reference and Archives staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the history of your library, your materials, your university or town. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Keep it small, focused, and measurable </li></ul><ul><li>Read the grant guidelines carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Look at samples of grants from previous recipients </li></ul><ul><li>Basic parts of a grant: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State your objective clearly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State why it’s important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a reasonable budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a mechanism for determining if you’ve met your objective </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The FDU Library opted to purchase Content dm software, licensing, and hosting from OCLC. </li></ul><ul><li>Other options: </li></ul><ul><li>In-house only database </li></ul><ul><li>Your university (or library or municipality)’s web server </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase web server space </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud computing services </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>A scanner </li></ul><ul><li>A program for editing scanned images </li></ul><ul><li>Software for converting podcasts or other sound files to MP3s </li></ul><ul><li>PDF creator and editor </li></ul><ul><li>Computer storage space </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Start with small projects </li></ul><ul><li>Simple metadata (DC is easiest and most flexible) </li></ul><ul><li>Finish one project before starting another </li></ul><ul><li>Test project? </li></ul><ul><li>Look to current digitization articles and best practices sites for guidance </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Picasa3 (Photos) : http://picasa.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Picnik (Photos) : http://www.picnik.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity (Sound Files) : http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Switch Sound File Converter (Sound Files) : http://www.nch.com.au/switch/ </li></ul><ul><li>CT Developing (PDF creation/editing) : http://www.ctdeveloping.com/ctdeveloping/products/pdftypewriter_info.asp </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Dspace, Greenstone, ePrints (Repository software) : </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dspace.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.greenstone.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.eprints.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress (interface and hosting options) </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Penn State : http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/digipres/bestpractices.html#internet </li></ul><ul><li>Washington State Library: http://digitalwa.statelib.wa.gov/newsite/projectmgmt/index.htm </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative (ends January 2011) http://www.lyrasis.org/Products-and-Services/Digital-Services/Mass-Digitization-Collaborative.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>NJ Digital Highway http://www.njdigitalhighway.org </li></ul><ul><li>DASH (eBrary) http://www.ebrary.com/kb/librarian/dash.jsp </li></ul>

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