A Hub of Activity – SIG DL Webinar Feb. 26th, 11:00am

We’re happy to announce the newest webinar sponsored by SIG DL.

A Hub of Activity: Clemson University’s Involvement in the Digital Public Library of America and the Open Parks Network

Friday, February 26th, 2016, 11:00am – 12:00noon

Clemson University Libraries has emerged as a recognized leader in the development of exceptional digital libraries and services, evidenced in its involvement with two national initiatives: the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the Open Parks Network. In collaboration with its partners in the South Carolina Digital Library, Clemson supports the South Carolina Service Hub of the DPLA—one of the founding Service Hubs—and works to bring new digital content from South Carolina organizations online and more widely available to a national audience. In that same spirit of collaboration and shared resources, Clemson University established a unique relationship with the U.S. National Park Service on a large-scale project known as the Open Parks Network, which IMLS sponsored in 2010 with a National Leadership Grant.

The collections digitized for the Open Parks Network now comprise over 350,000 unique items and 1.5 million pages of gray literature, representing national parks, historic sites, battlefields, and other protected areas from all areas of the country. Christopher Vinson, Head of Library Technology at Clemson University Libraries, will discuss both of these exciting initiatives from his perspective as Manager of the South Carolina DPLA Service Hub and Project Director for the Open Parks Network.


Christopher VinsonChristopher Vinson
Christopher Vinson joined Clemson University Libraries in 2011 as the Digital Projects Librarian. In 2012, he was appointed the Head of Library Technology—his current position that he finds to be both challenging and rewarding. Christopher develops and implements policies and service models to provide support to the Libraries and University in the areas of digital scholarship, web and application programming, technology management, and enterprise systems administration. Christopher also served as the principal investigator on a number of national grants in support of programs such as the Digital Public Library of America Service Hub in South Carolina and the Open Parks Network. Christopher graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in English in 2006, and earned his MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2008. Christopher loves his work and tries to translate his passion for libraries and technology into effective, positive change for himself and his colleagues.

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Call for Submissions – SIG DL First Quarter Newsletter – Deadline: March 7th

ASIS&T SIG DL Welcomes submissions for our Winter Newsletter!

SIG DL is now accepting pieces for our Winter Newsletter. Those interested in contributing should email SIG DL Newsletter Editor Zachary Frazier at sigdlnews@gmail.com with contributions before 5:00pm PST, March 7th, 2016. We are soliciting proposals in the following categories:

News: Let us know what happened to you last quarter (October, November, December): This includes accomplishments (Did you post a new collection? Win an award?), grants received, new positions (have an opening? Let us know so we can help you find the best person!), new hires (just fill an opening? Let the community know), & new events (holding a conference workshop or training this spring?).

Dispatches, short works, or case studies: Tell the community about the research that you are doing, share insights from your latest project or feature roll outs, or submit a short paper based on your on-going research.

Fiction, Poetry, and Miscellany: Do you work in a digital library? Do you have a poem about finding something online? Are you a scholar who writes short fiction about the organization of content? Send submit your quirky content.

Pictorials: Works in which the visual components (e.g. diagrams, sketches, screenshots, story boards, and renderings,) are accompanied by text meant to illuminate the component, as opposed to work in which visuals serve to illustrate concepts in the text. Do you have a particularly great interface for your DL or technology? Show it off, and submit a pictorial.*

Please send submission with the subject line “SIGDL NEWSLETTER: <category><Your submission title>”.

Additionally we ask that submissions are in a commonly available format (IE, .DOCX, .PDF, JPEG, etc.).

*Pictorals may be cropped or resized for publication.

2015-2016 SIG-DL Officers and Committee Convenors

We elected the 2015-2016 SIG-DL executive at the ASIS&T conference in St. Louis, Missouri. You can find their bios on the Officers page.

2015-2016 Executive Team

Chair: Eka Grguric
Chair-elect: Alyson Gamble
Treasurer/Secretary: Alyson Gamble
Communications Officer: Virginia Dressler
Membership Officer: Lyne Da Sylva
Webmaster: Matthew Murray
Past Chair: Kevin Comerford

2015-2016 Committee Conveners

Digital Liaisons: Chris Cunningham
Webinars: Erinn Miller
Newsletter: Zachary Frazier

SIGDL Elections October 26-30: Call for Nominations!

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

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the below 2015-2016 positions by Friday, October 23rd, 2015.

– 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 Kevin Comerford (kevco@unm.edu) by Friday, October 23rd, 2015. 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.

The election will occur online from Monday, October 26th – Friday October 30th, 2015.

Elected officers should attend the SIGDL Business Meeting which occurs during the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in phone calls and virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2015-2016 year.

SIG-DL conducts elections before the annual meeting to comply with our bylaws and to ensure a productive planning meeting in St. Louis, MO. 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 SIG-DL.

The SIG-DL Nomination Committee

ASIS&T SIG-DL Seeking Nominations for Deborah Barreau Memorial Award


Release date: August 21, 2015

The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to Special Interest Group – Digital Libraries (SIG-DL) has been established in memory of Dr. Deborah Barreau, a leader in ASIS&T for many years including SIG-DL Cabinet Representative (2006), SIG-DL Chair (2008), Leadership Development Chair (2008), Board of Directors (2009-2011) and ASIS&T Executive Committee (2011).  Dr. Barreau served as an advocate for SIG-DL and emerging leaders within the ASIS&T Community and she mentored many of the SIG-DL members to become active contributors within the ASIS&T community.

Dr. Barreau was the Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, where she taught for ten years. An influential researcher, her work on personal information management in particular has been widely cited both inside and outside the digital library field. She was a masterful teacher, winning the school’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004 and in 2008, and the Outstanding Information Science Teacher International Award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2002. Highly respected and regarded by her colleagues and students, she was known for her dedication, commitment and kindness; exceptional mentoring skills-offering time and advice at all hours; and for creating a classroom environment that encouraged creativity while helping her students understand how what they were learning was related to their own lives.

The Award

The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award honors ASIS&T SIG-DL members who have made significant contributions to the Digital Libraries Special Interest Group through service, projects, research or professional development initiatives that enrich the SIG-DL community.  The award is intended to encourage active engagement of SIG-DL members, recognizing outstanding service to the SIG. In addition to recognition of exceptional contributions to SIG-DL, awardees will also receive a modest monetary award which will be presented in a brief ceremony during the SIG-DL business meeting held at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection

Only ASIST SIG-DL members are eligible to be nominated. Current SIG-DL Executive Committee members are not eligible.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of the breadth and depth of the contributions to SIG-DL. A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the recipient. Depending on the quality and diversity of the nominations, the award may not necessarily be granted every year. In that instance, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year.

Important Dates

Application due date:  October 1, 2015

Award Notification date:  October 15, 2015

Nominations received after October 1 of each year will not be considered for that year’s award; they will instead be rolled over for consideration the following year.

Nomination Procedure

To submit a nomination, e-mail SIG-DL Chair Kevin Comerford (kevco@unm.edu) with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations will not be considered until all materials have been received.

Nominations will be comprised of the following elements:

  1. The nominee’s name, title, institution, phone and email address.
  2. The nominator’s name, title, institution, phone, email address and the nominator’s relationship with the candidate.
  3. A narrative (no longer than 1,000 words) outlining the activities which illustrate the outstanding contributions of the nominee to the Digital Libraries Special Interest Group.
  4. A brief biography of the nominee.
  5. A current resume of the nominee.
  6. Letters of support of the nominee are optional, but accepted.

Workshop: Data Visualization: Why It Matters and What You Should Know

When: Friday, May 8, 2015, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Access Innovations, Inc., 4725 Indian School Road NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (Call 998-0800 if you need directions)

Speaker: Kevin Boyack, President, SciTech Strategies, Inc.

Data Visualization is a hot topic, but where did this whole idea come from? Why does it matter to you? What can you do with data visualization tools and techniques? What do you need to know to get started on a data visualization project? What kinds of data can be used?

Registration includes lunch.

$20 for SLA RGC and ASIS&T members
$25 for non-members

Register here.

SIG-DL Seeking Chair Elect

SIG-DL is seeking applicants for the position of Chair Elect to serve on the SIG-DL Executive Committee for the remainder of 2014. The position is being filled as a temporary (pro tem) appointment. This is an ideal opportunity to get more involved in SIG-DL and add a national service appointment to your résumé. The successful applicant to the Chair Elect (pro tem) position will be appointed to carry out the current term, which concludes in November 2014. A full description of Chair-Elect duties can be found online:


At the conclusion of the appointment in Nov 2014, the incumbent will be welcome to run for any of the SIG-DL Executive Officer positions. If you are interested in helping out the SIG and want to participate in SIG-DL Executive Committee discussions please email SIG DL Chair, Kevin Comerford (kevco@unm.edu) with a brief statement of interest. Regards, SIG DL Executive Officers

Update 3/2014: SIG DL thanks Joan Beaudoin for filling this position.

SIG-DL Events at ASIS&T 2013

SIG-DL is sponsoring several events at the ASIS&T Meeting in Montreal; all ASIS&T attendees are invited! On Monday, November 4th:


  • The 3rd annual SIG-DL sponsored student panel begins at 1:30. It is entitled Digital Liaisons: Engaging with Digital Curation Theory and Practice. Read more about it here: in the ASIS&T Program.
  • The SIG-DL Business meeting is 5-6pm in Salon 4 of the conference hotel.
  • The meeting will be followed by SIG-DL’s Annual Dutch Treat Dinner at Les 3 Brasseurs (1356 Sainte-Catherine St. W Montreal, QC H3G 2B2, Canada), a 6-minute walk from the conference hotel. All are welcome to join us (SIG DL member or not). We will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15pm.

A bientot!