Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Curating Research Data

Johnston, Lisa R. (ed.) Curating Research Data. Volume 1-2. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8918-0

In two volumes—Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository and A Handbook of Current PracticeCurating Research Data presents those tasked with long-term stewardship of digital research data a blueprint for how to curate those data for eventual reuse. Volume One explores the concepts of research data and the types and drivers for establishing digital data repositories. Volume Two guides you across the data lifecycle through the practical strategies and techniques for curating research data in a digital repository setting. Data curators, archivists, research data management specialists, subject librarians, institutional repository managers, and digital library staff will benefit from these current and practical approaches to data curation.

Table of Contents
Volume 1 - Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository
Part I. Setting the Stage for Data Curation. Policies, Culture, and Collaboration

Chapter 1. Research and the Changing Nature of Data Repositories
Karen S. Baker and Ruth E. Duerr

Chapter 2. Institutional, Funder, and Journal Data Policies
Kristin Briney, Abigail Goben, and Lisa Zilinski

Chapter 3. Collaborative Research Data Curation Services: A View from Canada
Eugene Barsky, Larry Laliberté, Amber Leahey, and Leanne Trimble

Chapter 4. Practices Do Not Make Perfect: Disciplinary Data Sharing and Reuse Practices and Their Implications for Repository Data Curation
Ixchel M. Faniel and Elizabeth Yakel

Chapter 5. Overlooked and Overrated Data Sharing: Why Some Scientists Are Confused and/or Dismissive
Heidi J. Imker

Part II. Data Curation Services in Action

Chapter 6. Research Data Services Maturity in Academic Libraries
Inna Kouper, Kathleen Fear, Mayu Ishida, Christine Kollen, and Sarah C. Williams

Chapter 7. Extending Data Curation Service Models for Academic Library and Institutional Repositories
Jon Wheeler

Chapter 8. Beyond Cost Recovery: Revenue Models and Practices for Data Repositories in Academia
Karl Nilsen

Chapter 9. Current Outreach and Marketing Practices for Research Data Repositories
Katherine J. Gerwig

Part III. Preparing Data for the Future. Ethical and Appropriate Reuse of Data

Chapter 10. Open Exit: Reaching the End of the Data Life Cycle
Andrea Ogier, Natsuko Nicholls, and Ryan Speer

Chapter 11. The Current State of Meta-Repositories for Data
Cynthia R. Hudson Vitale

Chapter 12. Curation of Scientific Data at Risk of Loss: Data Rescue and Dissemination
Robert R. Downs and Robert S. Chen

Volume 2 - A Handbook of Current Practice
Preliminary Step 0: Establish Your Data Curation Service

Step 1.0: Receive the Data
1.1 Recruit Data for Your Curation Service
1.2 Negotiate Deposit
1.3 Transfer Rights (Deposit Agreements)
1.4 Facilitate Data Transfer
1.5 Obtain Available Metadata and Documentation
1.6 Receive Notification of Data Arrival

Step 2.0: Appraisal and Selection Techniques that Mitigate Risks Inherent to Data
2.1 Appraisal
2.2 Risk Factors for Data Repositories
2.3 Inventory
2.4 Selection
2.5 Assign

Step 3.0: Processing and Treatment Actions for Data
3.1 Secure the Files
3.2 Create a Log of Actions Taken
3.3 Inspect the File Names and Structure
3.4 Open the Data Files
3.5 Attempt to Understand and Use the Data
3.6 Work with Author to Enhance the Submission
3.7 Consider the File Formats
3.8 File Arrangement and Description

Step 4.0: Ingest and Store Data in Your Repository
4.1 Ingest the Files
4.2 Store the Assets Securely
4.3 Develop Trust in Your Digital Repository

Step 5.0: Descriptive Metadata
5.1 Create and Apply Appropriate Metadata
5.2 Consider Disciplinary Metadata Standards for Data

Step 6.0: Access
6.1 Determine Appropriate Levels of Access
6.2 Apply the Terms of Use and Any Relevant Licenses
6.3 Contextualize the Data
6.4 Increase Exposure and Discovery
6.5 Apply Any Necessary Access Controls
6.6 Ensure Persistent Access and Encourage Appropriate Citation
6.7 Release Data for Access and Notify Author

Step 7.0: Preservation of Data for the Long Term
7.1 Preservation Planning for Long-Term Reuse
7.2 Monitor Preservation Needs and Take Action

Step 8.0: Reuse
8.1 Monitor Data Reuse
8.2 Collect Feedback about Data Reuse and Quality Issues
8.3 Provide Ongoing Support as Long as Necessary
8.4 Cease Data Curation

Brief Concluding Remarks and a Call to Action

Monday, February 27, 2017

Getting Started with Digital Collections: Scaling to Fit Your Organization

Monson, Jane E. Getting Started with Digital Collections: Scaling to Fit Your Organization. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1543-1

Providing an entry point for librarians, archivists, and curators who are new to digitization, Monson’s guide shows how even smaller institutions can successfully endeavor to make their content digitally accessible. Clearing aside the jargon and acronyms to hone in on the practicals, this book will help readers get a digitization program off the ground!

Table of Contents
Part I    Managing Projects
  • Chapter 1    Digitization at Smaller Institutions
  • Chapter 2    The Solo Digital Librarian
  • Chapter 3    Working across Departments
  • Chapter 4    Working across Institutions
Part II    Basic Skills
  • Chapter 5    Image Conversion
  • Chapter 6    Metadata
  • Chapter 7    Digital Collection Management Systems
  • Chapter 8    Copyright and Digital Collections
  • Chapter 9    Preserving Your Digital Assets

Stories, Songs, and Stretches

Scherrer, K. (2017). Stories, Songs, and Stretches! Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1544-8.

Young children love to move—and that’s a great thing! Because in addition to supporting early learning, storytime can provide young children with opportunities to explore physical movement. The centuries-old contemplative movement practice known as yoga is more than just a passing trend; it can offer physical, emotional, and mental benefits to practitioners of all ages, including young children. And getting started with yoga storytime doesn’t require any previous yoga experience. This new book from accomplished library trainer Scherrer shows how to use yoga and movement to create playful, active storytimes.

A complete guide for library staff and others serving young children, this resource draws on Scherrer’s experience as a children’s librarian and a yoga teacher, as well as research from the health and education fields, to introduce yoga, exploring its history while dispelling myths about the practice; demonstrate how yoga and movement can support children’s early learning and social-emotional development; explain the differences between children’s yoga classes and yoga storytimes; lay out step-by-step directions on how to design and launch a yoga storytime program, including guidance on materials selection, the logistical arrangements of physical space, props, and marketing; provide descriptions of more than 35 basic, child-friendly yoga poses suitable for anyone to use with children; offer 12 ready-to-use yoga storytime plans; and include an extensive bibliography of helpful print and online resources for future program planning.Readers will find the complete guidance they need to immediately begin incorporating yoga and movement into their storytime programs.

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Digital Photo Magic: Easy Image Retouching and Restoration for Librarians, Archivists, and Teachers

Perez, Ernest. Digital Photo Magic: Easy Image Retouching and Restoration for Librarians, Archivists, and Teachers. Information Today, Inc., 2016. ISBN: 978-1-57387-513-4

From the publisher:

Longtime news librarian Ernest Perez (Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun- Times) showcases the best Digital Photo Magic is designed for librarians, educators, curators, and archivists who want to enhance photographic images without the steep costs and learning curves associated with high-end graphic software packages such as Adobe Photoshop.

Whether for use online or in print-based collections, exhibits, and archives, you'll learn to easily bring images up to acceptable quality without wasting time or money. Perez provides step-by-step guidance for a range of programs he has personally vetted, highlighting their best features and offering tips and shortcuts you can put to immediate use. A primer on graphic image formats, a guide to image scanning tools and techniques, and an extensive listing of specialized websites, blogs, user forums, and other author-recommended resources are also included.
of easy-to-use, free, and inexpensive software products for retouching, restoring, and manipulating digital photo images.

Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians

Koerber, Jennifer and Michael P. Sauers. Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4422-38886.

From the publisher:

Here’s a one-stop snapshot of emerging technologies every librarian should know about and examples that illustrate how the technologies are being used in libraries today! The e-book includes videos of interviews with librarians that are using them. The videos are available on a web site for people who purchase the print book.

The first four chapters—Audio & Video, Self- and Micro-Publishing, Mobile Technology, and Crowdfunding—all look at older technologies reinvented and reimagined through significant advances in quality, scale, or hardware. Many libraries were already using these technologies in some way, and are now able to change and adapt those uses to meet current needs and take advantage of the latest improvements.

The two next chapters look at new technologies: wearable technologies and the Internet of Things (simple but powerful computers that can be embedded into everyday objects and connected to controllers or data aggregation tools). The last two chapters—Privacy & Security and Keeping Up With Technology—are all-purpose topics that will continue to be affected by new developments in technology.

Each of these chapters offers a brief overview of background information and current events, followed by a list of advantages and challenges to using these technologies in a library setting. The authors highlight the most useful or most well-known tools and devices, then specify how these technologies might be used in a library setting. Finally, they look at a variety of current examples from libraries in the United States and around the globe.