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Digital Library Group 2008 (Academic)

This is the page where I will post my Digital Library Academic Group Postings.

Posted 9/16/2008 to (DL) Academic Group:

1. Texas Digital Collection Development Policy

I posted about this on my blog, and thanks to Sheri, I realized I should post it here. The Digital Library Collection Development Policy of the Library at the University of Texas at Austin. I liked their policy because it is clear and understandable. It doesn’t bog down with a lot of wordiness. I think it incorporates and explains some of the ideas included in Doc Martens’ rubric.

One part that I liked especially–How they selected?

  • content of “intellectual significance”
  • format is appropriate for the content.
  • practicality.
  • does it belong?

The policy itself is at:


There is much more, but the definitions are clear and with explanations at each step.


2. Posted 09/17/2008 to (DL) Academic Group:


I came across an article containing some digital projects that looked promising, not only from an academic library point of view, but from various aspects. I hope it will prove helpful to you.I posted about it on my blog with some links to a couple of teaser projects.

One is Digicult: Thematic Challenges for a Digital Culture at: http://www.digicult.info/pages/Themiss.php.

There are so many listed, it was hard to choose.

My blog is


Eden, Brad. 2005. Innovative digital projects. Library Technology Reports 41(4): 24-44. Accessed through EBSCOhost 09/10/2008 at http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy1.lib.ou.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=tfh&AN=17723311&site=ehost-live


3. Posted 09/26/2008 to (DL) Academic Group:

I recently read about the Smithsonian digitizing their entire collection. They have been digitizing parts of the collection for some time. While this is not actually academic, it is describing and showing a method and using descriptors.

This is a link to the CNN article. http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/09/16/smithsonian.online.ap/index.html

This link is to explain the Terra Foundation digitization of American art project. They are linking to the folder level rather than to the item level. Http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/terra_collections_list.cfm

Additionally, they are linking to objects using EAD (encoded archival description). http://www.loc.gov/ead/


4. Posted to Digital Library Academic Group October 1, 2008.

The British Library is planning a major digitization project. They have listed their vision and mission statement and their overall goals of digitization. They explain their plans, their user groups and their funding, etc. In this part they explain their plan “Redefining the Library”


Their stategy is listed here: http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/digi/digitisation/digistrategy/

As I read through their plans, they are not everything will be free, but they are planning on making a lot of their collection available online.

Sound a lot like what we are working toward, but on a much, much, grander scale!


5. Posted October 14 to Digital Library Group (Academic)

I came accross an article in First Monday, that seemed helpful to to me. Timothy Cole wrote about creating a framework for a digital collection. One point that he made was that the framework for a digital collection should add value to the object. It may be interpretation, or reasons that an item is included. Of course he is talking about the Metadata.

I particularly found his list for a good digital collection to be helpful. It reinforces everything we have been learning in our class. He lists principles for good digital collections, for good digital objects, for good metadata, and good digitization projects. This paper gives an over view of the framework developed by the IMLS Digital Library Forum.

Cole, Timothy W. 2002. Creating a framework of guidance for building good digital collections. First Monday 7(5-6) accessed at: http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/955/876 14 Oct, 2008.


6. Posted Nov. 2 to Digital Library Group (Academic)

I came across an article about Digital Preservation, that I thought worthy of our consideration. It is a short article, but it evokes some food for thought.

Baudoin writes that when we work with digital items that we need to be think about “what is created electronically can be reviewed, understood, re-used, and built upon.” She calls this the principle of digital preservation.

Calling for archivist thinking, she makes the case for provenance in preservation, not just for archives and museum artifacts. Additionally, she points out that original order of items is important. I hope you find this article helpful when you work with digital materials.

Baudoin, Patsy. 2008. The principle of digital preservation. Serials Librarian 55 no. 4: 556-559.


7. Posted Nov. 16 to Digital Library Group (Academic)

Audio files need spectial consideration.

Safe Sound Archive. Planning An Audio Preservation Transfer Project.


Sound Directions. Best Practices for Audio Preservation. 2007.



8. Posted November 19 to Digital Library Group (Academic)

This afternoon, I continued my quest for more materials on copyright. I found a book that is helpful to me. (simple enough for me to understand). Hopefully it will be to you. The 3 parts that are essential according to Waxer and Baum are: it must be original, it must be a work of authorship, and it must be fixed in a tangible medium of expression.

Waxer, Barbara M. and Marsha L. Baum. 2007. Copyright on the Internet.Thompson Course Technology: Boston.



9. Posted 11/23/2008 to Digital Libraries Academic Group

Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access, edited by Maxine K. Sitts. Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, Massachusetts, 2000.

Great online book for deciding what should be published. This is about preservation, not creating born-digital objects. Still lots of useful information in here.


10. Posted 11/23/2008 to Digital Libraries Academic Group

Quinnapiac University and Library of American Civilization

I work in an academic library and we use the OPAC to find materials. Sometimes it is frustrating to find something that is not easily accessible.

Case in point. LAC (Library of American Civilization). This collection is considered primary source materials in American History. While the collection is valuable, it is difficult to access because it is Ultra fiche. (I mean tiny!!!).

Our library does not have an adequate lens to read this fiche. We can see it with a strong magnification, but it still is not very good quality. Enter digital collecting in an OPAC. Quinnipiac University has set a goal of collecting access to this and other digital materials. They located some in the University of Michigan, in Project Gutenberg, and other places. They placed links in their online catalog to these freely accessible materials, making them accessible to their users.

The list of titles is here:


Take the dynamic link to the catalog and search. In the middle of the screen will be a link to “view this e-book” and will say full text available. Most of these links are to images, but some are to text.

Check it out!


11. Posted 11/26/2008 to Digital Libraries Academic Group

Cohn and Hibbitts discuss the concept of creating a personal web space about a person’s own life. This is to be an ongoing collection of memories, beyond the portfolio that some of us are creating. A true multimedia presentation of ourselves. While it sounds wonderful, do we really want to see everyone’s life from beginning to end? Yet from a family history perspective it could be a “treasure trove.”
This is a call for creating a “digital collection” of one’s personal life. Since several of us are creating personal collections about family, this article goes one step further and would give much more depth and meaning to a family history collection, by having access to personal collections. Interesting concept.
E.R.Cohn and B.J.Hibbitts, Beyond the Electronic Portfolio:A Lifetime Personal Web Space. EDUCAUSE Quarterly 27 no.4. 2004.


12. Posted 12/01/2008 to Digital Libraries Academic Group

<!–[if !mso]> <! st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } –> A book that I found to be helpful when writing my paper:

Lee, Stuart D. 2001. Digital Imaging: A Practical Handbook. New York: Neil Schuman.

What I liked about Lee’s book, is that it was practical. He explained how to do things in a way that was enjoyable, yet informative. It is part of OU’s collection.


Thanks to curiousgeorgelovesthelibrary–our class collection



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