Here are links to articles in the new issue of D-Lib (July/August 2011).
The editorial, conference reports, and news/events section are available at the bottom of the table of contents.
Services for Academic Libraries in the New Era
Article by Michalis Gerolimos, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece and Rania Konsta, Ionian University, Corfu
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to document the integration of Web 2.0 services into the working framework of some of the most advanced academic libraries in the world. It reports a follow-up study that builds on a previous study conducted approximately two years ago. The comparison of those two studies produces interesting findings, notably an increase in the integration of web-based services. However, when some of the most core Web 2.0 services were examined, user participation was quite low. A quantitative approach to the content analysis of library web sites was performed to examine the prominence of twelve pre-determined services. In addition, the literature review focuses on the critical opinions expressed regarding the use of these web services by academic libraries, highlighting some of the problems and issues that have been raised, but are often overlooked.
Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator
Article by Robert A. Schrier, Syracuse University
Abstract: Digital collections marketing is an important, yet often ignored aspect of digital collection management. While many collections are laudable for the quality of their pictures, metadata, and preservation techniques, they often remain obscure, unknown, and therefore inaccessible to their intended user populations. One of the ways digital librarians can cultivate a broader awareness of their collections is through social networking. More importantly, digital librarians who participate in conversations with users through the use of social media become inextricably intertwined with the knowledge creation processes relevant to their collections. This paper presents a set of five general principles (listening, participation, transparency, policy, and strategy) that provide digital librarians with straightforward, concrete strategies for successfully integrating social media into a digital library’s overall strategic plan. In addition to these concrete strategies, I also explain the theoretical importance of each principle and its relevance for establishing a rapport with current and potential users of a digital collection.
Building a Sustainable Institutional Repository
Article by Chenying Li, Mingjie Han, Chongyang Hong, Yan Wang, Yanqing Xu and Chunning Cheng, China Agricultural University Library
Abstract: Institutional Repositories (IRs) are becoming important library resources, and increasing utilization of IR content is a key to building sustainable IRs. The China Agricultural University Library has developed a proven, successful service delivery model for IRs, through multi-themed, multi-layered organization of content, modular content publishing, and closely matching user requests, as is described in this paper.
Music to My Ears: The New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
Article by Cynthia Tobar, City University of New York
Abstract: The New York Philharmonic’s Digital Archives made its debut with programs, scores and other documents dating from 1943-1970, the International Era, which traces Leonard Bernstein’s association with the New York Philharmonic. The Philharmonic plans to digitize its entire collection of 8 million pages of documents and 7,000 hours of audio visual material, reflecting the Philharmonic’s commitment to providing the broadest possible access to its collections. Before the launch of the Digital Archives, I met with the New York Philharmonic’s Digital Archives Project Manager, Mitch Brodsky, to discuss this digitization project’s mission and history, its open source content management systems, its metadata and the metadata’s role in information retrieval, and digital asset management issues.
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