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Building Digital Libraries: A how-to-do-it manual for librarians
Call Number: 027 BANE
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
Whether you’re embarking on the challenge of building a digital collection from scratch, or simply need to understand the conceptual and technical challenges of constructing a digital library, this top-to-bottom resource is the ideal guidebook to keep at your side, especially in this thoroughly updated and reworked edition. Demonstrating how resources are created, distributed, and accessed, and how librarians can keep up with the latest technologies for successfully completing these tasks, its chapters walk you step-by-step through every stage. Demystifying core technologies and workflows, this book comprehensively covers
-- needs assessment and planning for a digital repository;
-- choosing a platform;
-- acquiring, processing, classifying, and describing digital content;
-- storing and managing resources in a digital repository;
-- digital preservation;
-- technologies and standards useful to digital repositories, including XML, the Portland Common Data Model, metadata schema such as Dublin Core, scripting using JSON and REST, linked open data, and automated metadata assignment;
-- sharing data and metadata;
-- understanding information-access issues, including digital rights management; and
-- analyzing repository use, planning for the future, migrating to new platforms, and accommodating new types of data.
This book will thoroughly orient LIS students and others new to the world of digital libraries, and also ensure that current professionals have the knowledge and guidance necessary to construct a digital repository from its inception.
Reengineering the Library: Issues in Electronic Resource Management
Call Number: 025.174 REEN
Publication Date: 2018-02-28
In terms of both overall spending and usage, library collections are now primarily electronic. The previously solitary electronic resources librarian has now been joined by other personnel in reorganized technical services departments and units who increasingly share more complex and diverse types of work related to managing electronic resources. In this book, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) gathers a variety of perspectives to examine recent developments in electronic resources management (ERM) and how this work fits into the overall mission of the contemporary academic library. Thoroughly grounded in experience and everyday best practices while also considering how ERM can best fulfill the mission of today’s academic libraries, this book’s contributors discuss issues such as
- interdepartmental workflows such as instruction, metadata, and user support that impact electronic resources management;
-- strategies for controlling costs;
-- license arrangements to allow text and data mining;
-- managing the transition from dedicated ERM systems to integration into library service platforms;
-- new analytics and assessment techniques; and
-- operational improvements for better usability, troubleshooting, and customer support
Inside this collection, readers will discover a thoughtful consideration of problems and opportunities in electronic resources management that combines the power of new ideas with practical experience.
Licensing Digital Content: a Practical Guide for Librarians
Call Number: 346.7304 HARR
Publication Date: 2018-02-28
Of the second edition, ARBA declared, “Harris’s book has become the standard for libraries and has yet to have an equal published that is either as useful or as clear.” Covering the basics of digital licensing for librarians, the new third edition provides a freshened look at all the key issues as well as updated sample agreement clauses. Giving library professionals and students the understanding and the tools needed to negotiate and organize license agreements, Harris uses a plain-language approach that demystifies the process. Her guide
-- explains licensing terminology and discusses changes in technology, including developments such as text and data mining;
-- points out opportunities for cost savings;
features many useful tools such as a comprehensive digital license checklist;
-- provides sources of additional information on the global aspects of licensing; and
-- walks readers through educating organizations that have signed license agreements.
In its new edition, this resource remains a must-have for all information professionals who deal with licenses for electronic resources.
Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library
Call Number: 020.285 APPL
Publication Date: 2018-02-01
Every year, emerging technologies are more deeply integrated into libraries and the lives of the users they serve. These technologies are not simply neutral tools—they come embedded with their own sets of assumptions and values. As users and creators of technologies, as well as institutions that are part of the fabric of their communities, libraries must uphold the values of the profession—values that are often in tension with one another, and with the values embedded in the technology that is available—while effectively meeting the evolving needs of their users.
Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library offers a wide range of perspectives on how to interpret and apply library values in the context of emerging technologies. Authors include academic librarians, public librarians, and professors, and contributors from the Library Freedom Project, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Free Ebook Foundation, Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Tor Project, the Center for Information Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. Divided into two sections—Contemplating Library Values and Applying Library Values—and using the ALA’s Core Values of Librarianship as the primary reference point, chapters emphasize the underlying frameworks that guide librarian practice and capture practical, real-world applications that can ideally serve as a starting point for other librarians encountering similar issues, even if the specific technology or set of values may differ.
The technology that libraries utilize will inevitably help define the library, its patrons, and, through them, the world. Many of the issues raised here do not have easy answers. Values are meant to endure the test of time but must interact appropriately with the immediate challenge, the larger society, and the reality of the technological options available. Libraries must actively engage with the implications of their values, informed by their particular context. Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology will help all librarians develop a more nuanced understanding of both the technology and the profession’s values, and help ensure that our values are realized in our decisions.
Using Digital Analytics for Smart Assessment
Call Number: 025.042072 FARN
Publication Date: 2017-11-30
Tracking the library user's journey is no simple task in the digital world; users can often navigate through a series of different websites, including library websites, discovery tools, link resolvers, and more just to view a single journal article. Your library collects massive amounts of data related to this journey—probably more than you realize, and almost certainly more than you analyze. Too often library analytic programs simplify data into basic units of measurements that miss useful insights. Here, data expert Farney shows you how to maximize your efforts: you’ll learn how to improve your data collection, clean your data, and combine different data sources. Teaching you how to identify and analyze areas that fit your library’s priorities, this book covers
-- case studies of library projects with digital analytics;
-- ways to use email campaign data from MailChimp or ConstantContact;
-- how to measure click-through rates from unavailable items in the catalog to the ILL module;
-- getting data from search tools such as library catalogs, journal search portals, link resolvers, and digital repositories;
-- using COUNTER compliant data from your electronic resources;
-- techniques for using Google Tag Manager for custom metrics and dimensions;
-- descriptions of analytics tools ranging from library analytics tools like Springshare’s LibInsights and Orangeboy’s Savannah to more focused web analytics tools like Google Analytics, Piwik, and Woopra; and
-- data visualization tools like Tableau or Google Data Studio.
Focusing on digital analytics principles and concepts, this book walks you through the many tools available, including step-by-step examples for typical library needs.
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