In the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind, behavioral researchers, digital library scientists and computer scientists are undertaking the creation of Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Revising the “One-Shot” through Lesson Study: Collaborating with Writing Faculty to Rebuild a Library Instruction Session
By Shevaun E. Watson, Cathy Rex, Jill Markgraf, Hans Kishel, Eric Jennings and Kate Hinnant
The one-shot library instruction session has long been a mainstay for many information literacy programs. Identifying realistic learning goals, integrating active learning techniques, and conducting meaningful assessment for a single lesson all present challenges. Librarians and English faculty at one college campus confronted these challenges by participating in a year-long lesson study, a process of collaboratively planning, observing, and assessing a single lesson. By collectively identifying goals and priorities, designing and redesigning the lesson, and assessing outcomes through observation, surveys, and focus groups, librarians and teaching faculty negotiated varying expectations and demands for providing one-shot library instruction.
Descriptive metadata for scrapbooks: Interdepartmental collaboration to support efficiency and discovery by:
Anna Craft, Metadata Cataloger
David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator
Kathelene McCarty Smith, Artifacts, Textiles, Digital Projects Archivist
Abstract: In the fall of 2011, The University Libraries of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro embarked on the digitization of a collection of approximately 250 historical scrapbooks that documented university history and spanned most of the twentieth century. This collaborative project brought together personnel from Digital Projects, Special Collections and University Archives, and Cataloging. Personnel faced a variety of challenges involving both technical and physical aspects of the project. Among these challenges were the deteriorating physical condition of the scrapbooks and the need to construct project workflows that would maximize efficiency and effectiveness in regards to both staff time and end product creation. In meeting and overcoming these challenges, project personnel came away with lessons learned in the areas of collaboration, communication, and appropriate workflows for a project of this type and scale. These lessons can be taken forward for application in other collaborative digital initiatives.
Note: This is also published in Archiving 2013, pg. 200-203 (2013).
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This article looks interesting.
Collaborations Beyond the Cave: A Consideration of the Sacred in the Creation of Collaborative Library Spaces
Ralph Lamar Turner
Eastern Kentucky University, USA
This article examines the tensions and risks inherent in implementing new technologies and collaborative spaces while maintaining the library’s critical role as a “civic temple” and knowledge center that inspires and facilitates contemplation and deep thought. New technologies present “disruptive” challenges, having already broken the library’s monopoly as an information center and now infiltrating what has been a more cerebral environment with the constant and chronic distractions of a “plugged-in” society. The loss of the physical book presents an additional test to both library identity and library mission, robbing the institution of a vital symbol as well as a tactile gateway to a dialogue with the eternal. Sacred architecture and library architecture share parallels of purpose, and the exploration of sacred architecture may offer clues to how to transition the library into the new technologically and collaboratively rich age.
Thanks to Gary Price for sharing.
The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System will celebrate the opening Friday (May 24) of their Joint Library Facility at Texas A&M University’s Riverside Campus. The 18,000-square-foot library facility represents an unprecedented collaboration between the state’s two largest university systems to provide joint storage of more than a million books and make them available for use by other academic or medical institutions.”
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Tagged academic, book, books, Education, Resource Sharing, Rethinking Resource Sharing, scholarly communication, storage
Richards, David. “The Margaret Chase Smith Library: A Unique Collection Fostered by a History of Collaboration.” Maine Policy Review 22.1 (2013) : 62 -64, http://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mpr/vol22/iss1/13.
Maine is a small state with a long history of scarce resources, of “making do,” and of “helping your neighbor.” The state’s libraries are a prime example what can be achieved to maximize resources through partnerships and collaboration. David Richards discusses the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Maine, which he terms “a unique collection fostered by a history of collaboration.” Richards describes the vital role collaborations with multiple kinds of partners have played in helping the library fulfill its four functions: archives, museum, education, and public policy.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a new article.
“Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities: What teaching colleges and research universities have to gain from collaboration.”
…I want to argue that teaching-focused institutions have much to gain from partnerships with research universities on the digital humanities, and vice versa.
Beyond liberal-arts training, the 21st-century workplace increasingly demands that graduates demonstrate technological competence and entrepreneurial ability. Instead of engaging in escalating, unsustainable, and destructive competition, colleges and universities could develop mutually supportive relationships, combining our complementary strengths to benefit the overlapping and distinct communities that we serve.
This article was recently published in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice.
“A Win-Win Collaboration” by Mary Beth Parkinson
This brief article reports on a collaborative book-borrowing policy between The Brendlinger Library of Montgomery County Community College and the Wissahickon Valley Public Library (WVPL), both located in Blue Bell, PA. Beginning in January 2013, WVPL will donate books periodically to the Brendlinger Library in support of the students enrolled in Reading classes. Circulation statistics will be reported to WVPL, and the books will be returned to WVPL for sale in the WVPL Friends of the Library book sale.
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences Calls for Reorganization of the U.S. Scientific Enterprise to Meet 21st Century Challenges
The report, ARISE II: Unleashing America’s Research & innovation Enterprise, highlights the need for greater synergy between government, university, and industry research. It advocates for greater integration of theories, concepts, and applications from multiple scientific disciplines – biology, physics, medicine, engineering, and computer science – to solve the complex problems of the 21st century.
“Scientific and technological innovation has been vital to the economic prosperity and security of the United States,” said Leslie Berlowitz, President of the American Academy, “yet there is growing concern that the nation risks losing its position of global technological leadership. ARISE II examines the factors affecting America’s productivity in science and technology and suggests steps to encourage transdisciplinary and trans-sector research collaborations.”
I found this through Inside Higher Ed.
The PDF can be found here.