Tag Archives: Digital Collections

How Are Digital Collections Being Sustained? New Evidence-Based Report and Case Studies from ARL and Ithaka S+R Provide Answers

“The Association of Research Libraries ARL and the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R released today Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections. The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.” (via ARL)

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A user-centered approach to developing digital collection websites

“Over the past two years, the Digital Library Systems and Services department at SUL has developed a user-centered approach to building websites.  Our methodology involves early and iterative feedback from the primary audience of SUL’s web resources – academic researchers.  The intended result is web applications that help users achieve their research goals while at the same time increasing the efficiency of the software development process (thus, lowering the time to development and the cost). By way of example, in the fall and winter of 2012/13, DLSS had the formidable task of developing three sophisticated and specialized online collection websites in the span of six months.  In addition to successfully completing these projects on-time and on-budget, a secondary goal was to develop a framework for rapidly developing additional collection websites using proven design elements, common patterns of user interaction, and modular code that could be easily reused.”

via Stanford University Libraries

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EKU libraries puts old newspapers, yearbooks online

“For alumni, current and former faculty and staff and others with a connection to Eastern Kentucky University, memory lane is now just a mouse click away. EKU Libraries boasts a growing digital repository of the student-produced campus newspaper, The Eastern Progress, as well as the campus yearbook, the Milestone, all easily viewable, fully searchable and free, by anyone with Internet access. While digital content for the Progress has always been available for issues published since 2009, generous donations from members of The Friends of EKU Libraries have enabled the digitization of all extant copies of the Eastern Progress from 1922 to 1963. It is expected that the digital collection will expand to 1975 by mid-March, with the goal of collecting the funding needed to digitize the remaining collection this year.”

via The Richmond Register

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Google’s Art Project grows with 151 museums across 40 countries

The Next Web – “Google has announced that Google Art Project, where art lovers, students and armchair travellers can explore the visually creative world, has seen a major expansion. Now culture fans will be able to explore sculpture, street art and photographs from 151 museums in 40 countries. The service was launched last year as a successful “20% project”, where Google employees can spend 20% of their time working on personal projects. It allows users to browse thousands of works of art in exceptional detail and uses technology like Picasa and App Engine along with technology that enables Street View to enter museums and collections.”

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British Library puts 19th C newspapers online

AP – “The newspaper coverage was troubling: London’s huge international showcase was beset by planning problems, local opposition and labor woes – and the transport was a mess. It sounds like the 2012 Olympics, but this was the Great Exhibition of 1851 generating stories of late trains, unscrupulous landlords and dangerous overcrowding.”

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