Upcoming Webinar

Exploring the Challenges & Uses of Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections

June 6, 2017, 2:00 PM EDT

Registerhttps://www.asist.org/events/webinars/exploring-the-challenges-uses-of-linked-open-data-for-digitized-special-collections/

Presenters

Professor Timothy W. Cole

Alex Olivia Kinnaman

Deren Kudeki

Over the last 2 decades, libraries and cultural heritage institutions have expended resources digitizing their important special collections. However, many of the resulting digital collections exist on the Web today only as standalone silos of content, not well connected to related resources. This impedes discovery and limits available context when using this content. The core hypothesis of this University of Illinois research project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is that a Linked Open Data (LOD) approach to description could improve the connectedness of many digitized special collections. To begin testing this hypothesis, we are experimenting with LOD for 2 collections of theater-related images and 1 text-based collection pertaining to the life and works of Marcel Proust (~20,000 items in all).

In this webinar we describe outcomes to date, highlighting a few unique challenges in transforming legacy metadata into the more RDF-compatible semantics of schema.org and the automated and manual means we used to identify and add links to item descriptions. We also will show how we have leveraged LOD to enhance end-user views of resource descriptions. Now when a user views images in context, JavaScript on the page reads embedded LOD and retrieves additional links and descriptions in real-time from external LOD services. Mustache.js templates are then used to dynamically add this related information to the HTML display providing additional context and clickable links regarding the people (authors, actors, directors, etc.), venues (theaters), plays and performances related to each digitized image. Project Website: http://publish.illinois.edu/linkedspcollections/

The Twitter chat continues!



What: A virtual discussion about what Digital Librarianship in the wild, and how Digital Libraries contribute to communities.

Where: On Twitter using the hashtags #SIGDLChats (plus you should follow us @SIGDL!)

When: May, 30th, 2017 from 12:00–13:00 CT and 18:00–19:00 CT

You are invited to join a Twitter chat hosted by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (SIG DL)!

The Digital Liaisons Twitter chat will be thematically structured around technical skill sets in digital library settings.

Upcoming webinar

From Digital Library to Digital Archive: Implementing Digital Preservation Efforts

Elizabeth La Beaud, Digital Lab Manager for the University of Southern Mississippi’s Digital Collections

May 18th, 2017, 3:00PM EDT

Registerhttps://www.asist.org/events/webinars/webinar-from-digital-library-to-digital-archive-implementing-digital-preservation-efforts/

The University of Southern Mississippi has been digitizing materials for almost two decades. Similar to other institutions, backups were considered “preservation” of digital objects. In 2013, we started learning what was really required to preserve our data. We slowly started testing methods, proving validity of tools, and implementing improvements – all with minuscule resources. After demonstrating years of data, projections for the future, and calculating the true cost – including staffing resources and time – we transitioned to a robust digital preservation system. Our journey from digital library to digital archive is not unusual and can be replicated. This session will outline the differences between a digital library and a digital archive and simple changes that can be made to get started with digital preservation. Using the University of Southern Mississippi as a case study, this session will cover digital preservation basics from identifying needs to tool selection, from piecemeal efforts to implementing a full digital preservation system. If Mississippi can do it, you can too.

 

Digital Liaisons 2017 is here!

On Twitter using the hashtags #SIGDLChats (plus you should follow us @SIGDL!)

Theme: Technical skill sets in digital library settings

Here are questions to ponder and share your answers to!

What are the core technical skills you can’t do without day to day?

How have the technical skills you need changed over time?

Digital Liaisons 2017


What: A virtual discussion about what Digital Librarianship looks like in the wild and how Digital Libraries contribute to communities

Where: On Twitter using the hashtags #SIGDLChats (plus you should follow us @SIGDL!)

When: April, 18th, 2017 from 17:00–19:00 CT
(16:00–18:00 ET, 18:00–20:00 MT, 19:00–21:00 PT)

You are invited to participate in a Twitter chat hosted by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (SIG DL)!

The Digital Liaisons Twitter chat will be thematically structured around technical skill sets in digital library settings.

 

2016-2017 SIG-DL Officers

Welcome to the 2016-2017 SIG-DL executive team!

Chair: Alyson Gamble
Chair-elect: Nushrat Khan
Treasurer: Danielle Pollock
Secretary: Anna Maria Tammaro
Communications Officer: Virginia Dressler
Membership Officer: Lyne Da Sylva
Webmaster: Anna J Dabrowski
Past Chair: Eka Grguric

You can find their bios on the Officers page.

2016 SIG-DL Election

Hello SIGDL

Please take a moment to vote in the election for the SIGDL officers for 2016-2017. The voting will run from November 16th to November 23rd.
 
The link to vote is here: https://goo.gl/forms/09qUIJ0bLT0uvJA22
 
According to our statues, elections must be held even for positions where there is only one candidate. Additional information and bios can be found here: http://bit.ly/2fJFsd7
 
Thank you in advance for taking the time to vote!
SIG-DL Exec team

Call for Nominations

A second call to all ASIS&T Digital Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG-DL) members.

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the below 2016-2017 positions by Friday, November 4, 2016.

  • Chair-elect
  • Secretary /Treasurer
  • Communications Officer
  • Membership Officer
  • Webmaster

Additional details about the roles and responsibilities of each position can be viewed at: http://www.asis.org/wiki/chapters-sigs/index.php/SIG-DL_Officer_Positions

Current SIG-DL members in good standing are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Send nominations / self-nominations to Ekatarina Grguric (egrguric@gmail.com) by Friday, November 4, 2016. Nominations must include the following information:

  1. Full contact information of candidate (Name, Professional Title, Organization, email)
  2. Photograph
  3. Short biographical statement
  4. Brief description of the candidate’s qualifications for the position.

Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in phone calls and virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2016-2017 year.

Details on the electronic voting procedure will be distributed along with the election materials once the nomination period expires.

SIGDL Elections Approaching: Call for Nominations!

Calling all ASIS&T Digital Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG-DL) members:

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the below 2016-2017 positions by Friday, October 14, 2016.

  • Chair-elect
  • Secretary /Treasurer
  • Communications Officer
  • Membership Officer
  • Webmaster

Additional details about the roles and responsibilities of each position
can be viewed here.

Current SIG-DL members in good standing are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Send nominations / self-nominations to Ekatarina Grguric by Friday, October 14, 2016. Nominations must include the following information:

  1. Full contact information of candidate (Name, Professional Title,
    Organization, email)
  2. Photograph
  3. Short biographical statement
  4. Brief description of the candidate?s qualifications for the position.

Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in phone calls
and virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2016-2017 year.

SIG-DL conducts elections before the annual meeting to comply with our
bylaws and to ensure a productive planning meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Details on the electronic voting procedure will be distributed along with
the election materials once the nomination period expires.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your willingness to be
an active member in SIGDL.

Digital Liaisons 2016

downloadWhat: A virtual discussion about what Digital Librarianship looks like in the wild and how Digital Libraries contribute to communities

Where: On Twitter using the hashtags #SIGDLChats (plus you should follow us @SIGDL!)

When: October, 13th, 2016 from 18:00-20:00 GMT (2-4pm EST, 11am-1pm PST)

(*Note that the timing is intended to accommodate international participants, with a focus on Europe as the ASIS&T Annual meeting will be taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark from October 14th-18th.)

You are invited to participate in a Twitter chat hosted by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (SIG DL)!

The Digital Liaisons Twitter Chat will be thematically structured around what Digital Librarianship looks like in practice and how Digital Libraries contribute to the communities they serve.

Participants will be invited to ask questions and join in the discussion via Twitter.

This chat is designed as a mentoring opportunity for students and early-career information professionals to connect with mentors in the Digital Library community. You are invited to be a mentor or mentee and join in the conversation! No prior commitment is necessary- just tune in during the time frame listed below.

 You don’t have to do anything to sign up beforehand!

 You DO need to have a Twitter handle! (Only if you want to read participate, you can read other people’s conversations without one)

 You don’t have to be a member of ASIS&T or SIG-DL to participate in the Twitter chat! (You do need to be a member to participate in our follow-up panel (Digital Liaisons Virtual Uncommons: Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives via Digital Libraries) at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.)

Participants will be invited to ask questions and join in discussion via Twitter as well as connect with mentors individually afterwards. In order to connect with a mentor please sign up next to their name in this spreadsheet.

Each mentor will have a maximum of three mentees.