Guest blogger Adria Castellucci, librarian for Rare Books and Library Collections at the Australian Museum, describes the impact of her request to digitize the earliest guide for visitors published by the Australian Museum, which outlined not only the contents but the physical arrangement of the specimens. The 1873 Guide to the contents of the Australian museum is an important work in their institution's history, and including Stanford's digital object makes their collection complete.
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Welcome to the Fall 2019 Digital Library Services Newsletter, prepared by the Product and Service Management team! This newsletter includes contributions from: Cathy Aster, Hannah Frost, Dinah Handel, Andrew Berger, and Michael Olson.
Who could have guessed it? Player pianos rolls, those curious scrolls of punched, now brittle and yellowed paper you might come across at the thrift store, are at the center of new research underway at – where else? -- the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
The Society of American Archivists has established October 2nd as #AskAnArchivist Day, focused on outreach through answering questions posted to Twitter with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. The Lighting the Way project team sees this a great opportunity to reach out to the archives and special collections community around starting to think about the big questions facing our project.
It’s back to school time! As students return to campus for the new academic year, we look back at the stream of undergraduate theses and other capstone works published in the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) by graduating students last year. As usual, it was a healthy crop! The 2019 year is particularly noteworthy due to the high number of deposited works distinguished with prizes and medals.
Stanford University’s Cathy Aster, Product and Service Manager in Digital Library Systems and Services graciously invited me to write a second guest blog post for the Digital Library Blog earlier this year, so here I am, belatedly taking her up on that generous offer.
Last week, contributors from five institutions – Stanford University, Duke University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Princeton University – kicked off a collaborative nine-week work cycle for ArcLight. The work cycle, which runs from August 13 to October 11, 2019, will build on the ArcLight MVP implementation from 2017, and focuses on refining ArcLight’s usability and accessibility, addressing strategic needs in a community-based project. Major areas for this work cycle include:
- Usability and accessibility refinements, including potential design changes
- Revamping the tools used for indexing archival description into ArcLight’s Solr index
- Analysis and implementation supporting better integration with request management systems, digital object viewers, and more
You can follow our work on the #arclight channel on the Code4Lib Slack team or the GitHub project board for the current work cycle. We expect to release public demo videos on YouTube, and will share them on Slack as well as the arclight-community Google Group to report on our progress. The work cycle’s conclusion coincides with the 2019 Blacklight Summit, to be held in Durham, North Carolina from October 9-11.
Welcome to the Summer 2019 Digital Library Services Newsletter, prepared by the Product and Service Management team! This newsletter includes contributions from: Cathy Aster, Hannah Frost, Dinah Handel, Michael Olson, and Josh Schneider.