30 August 2005

information resources, digital content and libraries: Interesting sessions on Thursday and Friday

Here you find the most interesting contributions on this theme on Thursday 20 and Friday 21. Perhaps I missed one or two so please take a thorough look at the programme yourself!

Thursday 20
8:10 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Strategies for Building Successful Digital Initiatives at Small to Medium-Sized Institutions
The University of Richmond, working with Tufts University on an Institute for Museum and Library Services-funded newspaper digitization project, has developed strategies, work flows, and tools that will help smaller institutions build successful and cost-effective digital libraries, not only as an end in itself, but as a prudent path to the development of successful digital repositories.

11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Building a Collaborative Digital Preservation Network
This presentation will feature co-principal investigators of The MetaArchive of Southern Digital Culture as well as a representative of the Library of Congress. They will discuss the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and the first year (2004-2005) of the MetaArchive Collaborative Digital Preservation Network, which was formed under the auspices of the congressionally mandated NDIIPP program.

2:20 p.m. - 3:10 p.m
H2O Playlists: A Social Bookmarking Tool for Education
The H2O Playlist is a dynamic series of links to books, articles, and other resources that set the stage for a course, lecture, or research project. It can also serve as an open "bookshelf" for world-renowned scholars, authors, and cultural leaders. We look forward to your feedback on this emerging technology.

3:55 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
A Tale of Two Collaborators: Successful Collaboration Beween IT and Library Services
This session will describe the successful collaboration between IT and library services to create a Center for Learning Technologies and deliver instructional design support to faculty and staff. Presenters will discuss the three-year process that resulted in a successful collaboration and will present lessons learned from the experience.

3:55 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Online Video Collections: Transition from Media Checkout to Media Streaming
James Madison University has developed an online video collection, delivering hundreds of networked educational videos to faculty and students both on and off campus. This presentation will describe the project and discuss the challenges in transitioning to online video in a rapidly changing technical and licensing environment.

4:55 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Transforming Library Academic Reserves: Using the Blackboard Content System for Streamlined Access
Learn how to integrate library electronic reserves into Blackboard courses through Blackboard’s Content System. UNC Greensboro has customized and implemented one-click access to library “e-reserves” through the Blackboard course menu. Additionally, a unique Library Tools folder was developed to streamline the process of loading library content.

Taming the P2P Controversy: Strategies, Insights, and Realities
The problem of unauthorized peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing continues to receive controversial attention in colleges and universities, the entertainment industry, government, and media. The presenters will share a case study and discuss the broader implications of P2P in shaping digital policy on campus, including privacy, ethics, and academic culture.

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: Do Libraries and Information Technology Centers Still Need Each Other?
A decade ago, we surveyed information technology centers and libraries in the Pennsylvania State System to gauge the level of cooperation. With extensive changes in technology, particularly in the library during the past 10 years, how have libraries and information technology centers cooperated? Is there still a need for this relationship?

Friday 21
8:10 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Building an Online Learning Community for "Blended" Librarians
Learn how two librarians collaborated with three national organizations to develop and promote a "blended librarian" online learning community that enables academic librarians to adopt instructional design and technology skills that can facilitate the further integration of the library and librarians into the teaching and learning process.

Libraries and IT Together: What's in It for Us?
The University of Kansas brings libraries and IT together as Information Services (IS). We will offer practical advice on mergers gleaned from recent reorganization experiences and discuss benefits accrued for the organization, staff, and university as newly formed working groups support critical constituencies.

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Digital Rights Management Technologies: Their Use and Impact on the Use, Distribution, and Protection of Digital Content in Higher Education
We will present the results of a national study on digital content control system (DCCS) technologies. Attendees at this presentation will learn about the latest information on the DCCS systems in use in higher education, the most flexible DCCS technologies currently in use, which DCCS systems comply with the requirements of the TEACH Act, and other DCCS topics.

Collaborative Library Instruction Repository

Librarians at James Madison University created a repository whereby all staff can access library instruction materials. Using an application developed in house, the Collaborative Library Instruction Repository facilitates sharing and serves as a model to other academic departments looking to manage their collective output.