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Music Library Association confers with the Theatre Library Association, March 2021

March 23, 2021
by Ray Heigemeir

Music and theatre librarians across the US and Canada gathered virtually in March to listen, learn, discuss, debate, decide, and attend to the business of our professions. The opening plenary session set the tone for many of the presentations to follow. “Anti-racist performing arts librarianship” was the topic insightfully addressed by our guest speakers, Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and Dr.

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Libraries license ProQuest TDM Studio

March 15, 2021
by Kate Barron

The Stanford University Libraries has recently licensed ProQuest TDM Studio.

ProQuest TDM Studio is an end-to-end text and data mining application for research, teaching and learning.

Hanna Ahn

Welcome Hanna Ahn!

March 14, 2021
by Josh Schneider
We are very happy to welcome our new Assistant University Archivist, Hanna Ahn! Hanna comes to us from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago, IL, where she most recently served as the University Archivist.
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Parker on the Web 2.1 Launches

March 3, 2021
by Benjamin L Albritton

When Parker on the Web 2.0 launched in 2018, it was the culmination of a long-term development plan to host an international collaborative project on sustainable infrastructure at no cost to the user. The engineering effort was immense, and that effort paid off: we saw a nearly 10-fold increase in visitors to the site, and the incorporation of IIIF functionality to the Parker manuscript content allowed the digital objects to be used in a myriad of new projects, from AI-driven initiatives like handwritten text recognition and feature recognition, to crowdsourcing transcription projects, and aggregation and reuse across multiple platforms. While Parker 2.0 was a technical success, the intellectual content of the site - the painstakingly-crafted descriptive metadata produced in the late 2000s that drove Parker on the Web 1.0 - was not fully added to the new platform. Thanks to the encouragement of dedicated Parker on the Web users and scholars, we were able to prioritize a large-scale reassessment of the project descriptive metadata, identify gaps, and restore the manuscript descriptions to their full glory - improving the discovery functionality for the site and providing users with rich descriptions for every manuscript in the collection. Parker on the Web 2.1, released on March 3, 2021, finally completes the migration of the project from a stand-alone site built on bespoke software and using a customized and unique metadata structure to a sustainable and extensible collaboration built on open source software and common metadata standards.

Virtual workshop on International Chemical Identifiers (InChI)

March 2, 2021

March 22-24, 8am-Noon Pacific Time, Free, Registration required

A major theme emerging from the December 2020 NIH Workshop on Ultra Large Chemistry Databases is the essential role of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) in our ability to link and query across large and diverse chemistry data resources.  Therefore, we now seek to bring the chemistry community together for an update on the development of the InChI and a discussion of its use in chemistry, biochemistry, and related research domains.  Speakers will report on developments in the InChI field, usage of InChI in their organization, as well as challenges and areas not yet covered by InChI.  The virtual workshop is scheduled for three half-days and will include short talks and panel discussions.

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