Do You TEI? A Survey of Text Encoding Practices in Libraries
Do You TEI?
A Survey of Text Encoding Practices in Libraries
Following on papers, presentations and discussions that resulted from the theme of the 2009 Conference
and Members’ Meeting of the TEI Consortium, “Text Encoding in the Era of Mass Digitization,” the launch
of the AccessTEI program in 2010, and the recent release of the “Best Practices for TEI in Libraries” in
2011, it behooves us—stewards of text encoding initiatives in academic libraries—to better understand if
and how text encoding practices have changed as a result of mass digitization initiatives, declining
budgets, and an increased emphasis on “productionizing” digital library services.
Methodology Goals Benchmarks
✯ Online survey The following data points gathered
from raw data sources or
✯ Posted from November 4, 2012 to publications will be used to compare/
January 31, 2013 contrast, and, if possible, correlate
✯ No more than 30 minutes to findings from the online survey:
✯ Profile libraries and library staff engaged
✯ Consists of study information, in text encoding ✯ TEI-C membership profile of
determination of eligibility, ✯ Determine values shaping text encoding library institutions from 2005–
practices in libraries
background info about the ✯ Understand text encoding partnerships in 2012
institution (type of library, size, libraries and beyond ✯ Evolution/devolution of electronic
attitudes) & text encoding practices ✯ Identify text encoding services offered in
libraries text centers within libraries from
✯ Personal information is not being ✯ Identify TEI-C membership benefits most as early as 2000 to present
collected in this survey important to libraries
✯ Identify how the “Best Practices for TEI
✯ Study by Siemens et al.,
✯ Recruiting librarians and libraries in Libraries” are used in libraries “Understanding the TEI-C
staff via listservs, social media, etc. Community: A Study in Breadth
✯ Seeking a non-probability sample of and Depth, Toward Membership
respondents following a quota and Recruitment,” presented at the
sample of 200 respondents 2008 TEI Conference and
✯ Targeting communities of practice Members’ Meeting, and subsequent
rather than individuals to minimize publication in the Journal of the
bias that may occur Text Encoding Initiative, “The
Apex of Hipster XML GeekDOM”
✯ Take our survey!
Michelle Dalmau, Indiana University Digital Library Program, firstname.lastname@example.org Digital Library Federation Forum, Community Showcase
Kevin S. Hawkins, MPublishing, University of Michigan, email@example.com Denver, Colorado, November 4, 2012
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