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Massachusetts Library System celebrates collaborative contributions of Wellesley Free Library

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) bestowed the first ever Stronger Together Award upon the Wellesley Free Library. The Stronger Together Award celebrates a Massachusetts library or group of libraries, an individual or group of individuals, or a professional organization that contributes to strengthening the Massachusetts library community. Wellesley Free Library was chosen for its contributions serving on professional committees, sharing best practices of progressive children’s services, broad programming to immigrant populations, active support of the Massachusetts eBook Pilot Project and grassroots efforts to support career networking. This work was actively shared widely.

The Stronger Together Award was presented November 3 during the MLS annual business meeting at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Staff and trustees of the Wellesley Free Library were on hand to accept the award. Elise MacLennan, Assistant Director of the Wellesley Free Library had this to say: “We’re so pleased to be recognized! It’s flattering, and it’s also an incentive for everyone at WFL to continue to say “yes” to participating in new initiatives, and to providing the very best library service to our patrons and colleagues, day in and day out.”

“We are pleased to present this award to the Wellesley Free Library because its staff reached outside their traditional community to promote high-quality library services across the Commonwealth,” said Greg Pronevitz, MLS Executive Director.

The Massachusetts Library System, a state-supported collaborative, fosters cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types.  The MLS promotes equitable access to excellent library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts. www.MassLibSystem.org

Representatives of the Wellesley Free Library receive the Stronger Together Award.

Representatives of the Wellesley Free Library receive the Stronger Together Award.

British Library shares images for crowdsourcing pursposes

Collaborating with a social media friendly public, the British Library embarks on a bold concept:

We plan to launch a crowdsourcing application at the beginning of next year, to help describe what the images portray. Our intention is to use this data to train automated classifiers that will run against the whole of the content. The data from this will be as openly licensed as is sensible (given the nature of crowdsourcing) and the code, as always, will be under an open licence.

http://boingboing.net/2013/12/13/british-library-uploads-one-mi.html

OCLC and Yelp collaboration

OCLC library data now supplementing Yelp.com listings to improve public access to library information.

http://www.oclc.org/en-US/news/releases/2013/201350dublin.html

FDR archive available on the web

A publicly available database of documents and photographs relating to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt is now available. The database is a collaborative effort by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives and Records Administration, Marist College, IBM and the Roosevelt Institute.

http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/archives/collections/franklin/

 

 

British Library teams with scholars and archivists to create Voices of Science,

“A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.”

Archivisits collaborate on new CLIR report dealing with born-digital materials

Filed by Gary Price on InfoDocket

Ten archivists and curators from the US and the UK collaborated to create “Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers and Archive Repositories.” The report offers separate recommendations for repository staff and donors/dealers in differnt topics: initial collection review, privacy and intellectual property, key stages in acquiring digital materials and post-acquisition review by a repository.

From the abstract:

This report offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well-being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and repository staff.

Collaborative academic database purchasing in New Mexico

More than two dozen higher education libraries recently purchased access for two years to 10 online research databases and two e-book collections via EBSCO Publishing.

Libraries at New Mexico colleges and universities will save hundreds of thousands of dollars after the schools worked together to purchase access to databases and e-book collections for students.

http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-news/ci_24366057/new-mexico-academic-libraries-collaborate-database-purchase

Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration

Access the white paper for the presentation “Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration” from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in August 2013. http://library.ifla.org/379/

This presentation provides an overview of how resource sharing services are evolving to meet changing user needs for digital and global information. It also reviews some of the tools and standards that resource sharing practitioners are using to improve services, and highlights some of the emerging library partnerships/collaborations that are reshaping the boundaries of library and information resource sharing.

Michigan libraries and the Secretary of State partner in joint effort

Libraries and the Secretary of State are rolling out a proactive effort to meet the needs of the community. Will this become a model for other states?

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, joined by state and local library officials, today announced a new partnership to improve service for both library and Secretary of State customers….

As part of the joint effort, called ExpressSOS CONNECT – Libraries, libraries across the state will be highlighted as points to access online Secretary of State services. The Secretary of State’s office will also send out regular news updates to libraries with information their users may need, ranging from election reminders to changes in election or driving laws, traffic safety tips and information about how to access Secretary of State services.

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127–307968–,00.html

Video data-sharing library developmental science established

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.

http://news.psu.edu/story/280713/2013/07/02/research/video-data-sharing-library-developmental-science-established