ASIS&T SIG-DL Seeking Nominations for Student Engagement Awards

The Student Engagement Award, offered by Special Interest Group-Digital Libraries (SIG-DL), have been established to assist promising students in becoming active contributors within the ASIS&T community through involvement in SIG-DL. The award will be granted through a single submission cycle.

The Award

The SIG-DL Student Engagement Award is intended to encourage professional activity in ASIS&T by students who are interested in digital libraries and related initiatives. The Award is a modest monetary sum to assist with deferring travel costs to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. A single award value is up to $1200 to cover Annual Meeting registration and travel. The award will be issued to the winning student prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Award certificate will be presented in a ceremony during the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection

Only graduate students currently enrolled in information science or library and information science programs are eligible to be nominated. Current and former SIG-DL Executive Committee members are not eligible for the awards. Applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated interest in actively contributing to the mission and goals of ASIS&T. Financial need will be considered as part of the applicant’s eligibility for the awards.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s essay, biography, and resume. The awards will be granted to the most relevant application.  A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the award recipient. Depending on the quality and diversity of the nominations, the awards may not be granted every year. In that instance, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year.

Important Dates

Application due date: July 15, 2018

Awards notification date: August 15, 2018

Nomination Procedure

To submit a nomination, e-mail SIG-DL (asist.sigdl@gmail.com) with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are 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. An essay (250-500 words) outlining how attendance at the Annual Meeting will enable to nominee to increase contribution to ASIS&T in general and SIG-DL in particular.
  3. A brief biography of the nominee.
  4. A current resume of the nominee.
  5. Letters of support of the nominee are optional, but accepted.

2017-2018 SIG-DL Officers & Committee Conveners

Welcome to the 2017-2018 SIG-DL Executive Team & Committee Conveners!

2017-2018 SIG-DL Executive Team

Chair: Nushrat Khan
Chair-elect: Tamarack Hockin
Secretary / Treasurer: Danielle Pollock
Communications Officer: Virginia Dressler
Webmaster: Carla Colombati
Past Chair: Alyson Gamble

2017-18 SIG-DL Committee Conveners

Digital Liaisons: Eka Grguric
Webinars:
Anna Maria Tammaro

You can find their bios on the Officers page.

 

2017 SIG-DL Election!

Take control of SIG-DL! We’re seeking nominations for officers, including:

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

Details about each officer position can be found at:  http://www.asis.org/wiki/chapters-sigs/index.php/SIG-DL_Officer_Positions

Committee Conveners

We are also looking for Committee Conveners:

  • Digital Liaisons Committee
  • Webinars Committee
  • Newsletter Committee

Nominations

If you’d like to push forward the Digital Library agenda, it’s time to nominate!

Current SIG-DL members in good standing are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office.

Submit your nominations here: https://goo.gl/forms/1V3DQhgLyrODcEuK2

Voting will begin electronically on Monday, October 30 and will conclude during our ASIS&T SIG-DL Annual Business Meeting on October 31, 2017.

Our Business Meeting will be held from 11-12:30pm at the Hyatt Lincoln Room.

 

SIG-DL elections are coming

Officers

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the following officer positions by Monday, October 30, 2017:

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

Details about the responsibilities of each officer position can be found at:  http://www.asis.org/wiki/chapters-sigs/index.php/SIG-DL_Officer_Positions

Committee Conveners

We are also seeking nominations for Committee Conveners:

  • Digital Liaisons Committee
  • Webinars Committee
  • Newsletter Committee

Nominations

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.

Nominations must include the following information:

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

Nominations can be submitted here: https://goo.gl/forms/1V3DQhgLyrODcEuK2

Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2017-2018 year.

Voting will begin electronically on Monday, October 30 and will conclude during our ASIS&T SIG-DL Annual Business Meeting on October 31, 2017.

Our Business Meeting will be held from 11-12:30pm at the Hyatt Lincoln Room.

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

Sincerely,
Alyson Gamble
Chair, SIG-DL

The Future of DL Twitter Chat

 

You are invited to join a Digital Liaisons Twitter chat hosted by the ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries!

Coming up on August 14th and August 15th, the theme will be “The Future of Digital Libraries —Trends and Global Vision.”

Seeking Student Engagement Award Nominations

SIG-DL is offering two Student Engagement Awards to assist students in becoming active contributors within the ASIS&T community.

Award 1: A modest monetary sum to assist with deferring travel costs to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Award 2: A student-level membership to ASIS&T.

The SIG-DL Student Engagement Awards are intended to encourage professional activity in ASIS&T. They are for students who are interested in digital libraries and related initiatives.

The awards will be given in fall 2017, prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Award certificates will be presented in a ceremony during the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection

Graduate students currently enrolled in information science or library and information science programs are eligible to be nominated. Applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated interest in contributing to the mission and goals of ASIS&T.

A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the award recipients. Selection is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s essay, biography, and resume. Financial need will also be considered as part of the applicant’s eligibility for the awards.

Important Dates

Application due: August 27, 2017
Awards notification: September 1, 2017

Nomination Procedure

To submit a nomination, email SIG-DL (asist.sigdl@gmail.com) with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations will be reviewed once all materials have been received.

Materials to include:
– The nominee’s name, title, institution, phone, and email address.
– An essay (250-500 words) outlining activities and demonstrated interests which illustrate the outstanding potential for the nominee to contribute to ASIS&T in general and SIG-DL in particular.
– A brief biography of the nominee.
– A current resume of the nominee.
– Letters of support of the nominee are optional.

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.