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This is the course blog for the University of Alabama's School of Library and Information Studies LS 562: Digital Libraries. This course prepares students to develop digital libraries, exploring the issues associated with creating, operating, and maintaining digital libraries; analyzing electronic library programs in the U.S. and assessing their impact on education, scholarship and research. Students … Continue reading Welcome to our blog!

Ideal Project Management situation

My ideal digital project management situation would be made up of several components. First, I would hope to have a state-of-the-art metadata lab with high quality scanners, computers and functional digital content software. My team would consist of someone selecting the best conditioned materials, someone doing the actual scanning and two people to put n … Continue reading Ideal Project Management situation

The Post-Custodial Method and Community Archives

Anyone who has read my in-class contributions will have noticed my deep interest in community archives. Community archives by their nature are equitable and try to be accountable in terms of their archival power. As Lorena Gauthereau (2018) writes, “archives have historically functioned as mechanisms of colonialism. They have helped to structure our understanding of … Continue reading The Post-Custodial Method and Community Archives

Digital Preservation of Oral Histories

"Tibetan Buddhists posing in front of Lake Ximencuo on the Tibetan Plateau" by Tenance10 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 While researching blog posts on the up and coming trends in digital librarianship, I came across a blurb in Stanford’s blog about how they had made the Tibetan Oral History Project available to their students … Continue reading Digital Preservation of Oral Histories

Blog Post 3: Learning from Grant Writing ‘fails’.

When I worked as a Library Assistant II at Lake Elmo Public Library in Minnesota in 2015-2016, I was initially hired as a Circulation Supervisor and Cataloger. Because the library staff consisted of the Director, several volunteers, and one part-time library clerk, I was the second in command, and as a result my responsibilities consisted … Continue reading Blog Post 3: Learning from Grant Writing ‘fails’.

Digital Preservation in the Cloud

One thought on digital preservation is to archive to the “cloud”.  This would allow for greater access to digital archives.  Hurley (20116) discusses in his article about putting digital archives in the cloud.  He talks about the different types of “clouds” that are available. The two “clouds” that he says would be the best is … Continue reading Digital Preservation in the Cloud

A Look into Digital Preservation with Lavoie & Dempsey (2004)

Looking back over our studies in digital libraries, I have been intrigued with digital preservation and the how’s and why’s that surround the subject. Why is it important that materials become digitized in the first place, and what are the prime decision-making factors for collection development? As Lavoie & Dempsey (2004) point out in their … Continue reading A Look into Digital Preservation with Lavoie & Dempsey (2004)

The Importance of LSTA and Other Grants

Figure 1.Assorted book lot (Ruscello, 2017) Libraries across the country today are fighting to secure funding to continue operating to their best abilities. From my experience with the libraries I work with, often times grants are the only way they receive new books or the ability to purchase new technologies. These small towns are just … Continue reading The Importance of LSTA and Other Grants

Institutional Repositories and Faculty Contributions

An institutional repository houses scholarly works for an institution. More specifically, it is “a library of digital objects and associated metadata from a single institution.” (Clobridge, 2010, p.7) While an institutional repository is a great way for a university to develop a collection of institutional research and scholarly publications, it is sometimes difficult to get … Continue reading Institutional Repositories and Faculty Contributions