The Educopia Institute and the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded a grant worth over $681,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for OSSArcFlow, a project to investigate and support the adoption of open source tools for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). The research team will engage with 12 partner institutions to research, devise, and test various strategies for implementing three leading open source software (OSS) technologies, the BitCurator environment, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica.

The IMLS-funded ETD+ Toolkit is an approach to improving student and faculty research output management. Focusing on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) as a mile-marker in a student’s research trajectory, it provides in-time advice to students and faculty about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all of its affiliated files. The ETD+ Toolkit provides free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques.

69% of survey respondents voiced desire to continue education and professional development in a report offering direction for assessing needs and filling gaps

"Disaster preparedness is often discussed in human terms: how to prevent loss of life or home during or in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster. But what about our library collections? How can we keep them safe in times of trouble? “Preparing for Disasters: Methods and Case Studies for the Safeguarding of Documentary Cultural Heritage,” a panel discussion at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) 2016 World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, tackled these vital issues."

Registration is now open for the BitCurator User Forum, hosted by the BitCurator Consortium (BCC). The event will highlight the practical, real-world experience of digital archivists and digital curation experts, and foster discussion of current challenges, emerging BitCurator integrations and workflows, and the “now what” of handling your digital forensics outputs.

Authored by Christina Drummond, Tom Clareson, Laurie Gemmill Arp, and Katherine Skinner, a new publication aims to introduce guiding principles and practices for CE/PD needs assessments from beyond the Library, Archives, and Museum (LAM) spheres of reference. A literature review section highlights needs assessment research from other fields (e.g., higher education, nonprofit training, etc.), drawing attention to models that could inform LAM practice.

Authored by the Mapping the Landscapes project team (38 archives, library, and museums partner and supporting organizations collaborating on the IMLS-funded project), this publication adds to past LAM-wide collaboration studies by documenting both real and perceived boundaries that silently impact our ability to collaborate across the wide variety of

On Friday, January 15, 2016 the second BitCurator Users Forum, hosted by the BitCurator Consortium, will follow on the heels of Curate Gear 2016. Both events will take place in Chapel Hill, NC. See the full BitCurator announcement and stay tuned to the BitCurator Consortium's website for more information.