The Mapping the Landscapes, nationwide survey allowed deep exploration into what those working in libraries, archives, and museums define as critical competencies for their day-to-day work. Respondents selected up to three high-level competency areas that were critical to their jobs, and then rated their confidence levels on specific competencies in each area. The resulting data was coded to develop heatmaps for professional development planners to spot where respondents felt a minor or significant need for training around a given topic.
The Educopia Institute and its Affiliated Communities openly and regularly publish the results of our research and development work. To ensure our research inspires action, we regularly produce practical guidance manuals, edited volumes, and conference proceedings on current topics in digital curation, publishing, and preservation. We produce most of our deliverables collaboratively with leading professionals in the fields of digital humanities, digital sciences, digital libraries, and digital archives.
As part of our commitment to openness, we make all of our deliverables available here as free downloads.
These Guidance Briefs have been authored by the ETDplus project team as short (3-4 page) “how-to” oriented briefs that will help ETD/IR programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers.
These briefs are open, editable documents that colleges and universities can use to assist their own student researchers in understanding data and content management techniques early in their careers.
Libraries, archives, and museums contribute to their shared communities by providing access to information, preserving cultural heritages, creating new knowledge, and facilitating lifelong learning.
What little is known about news preservation practices in the United States is alarming. In 2012, the Pew Research Center’s Project for the Excellence in Journalism cited that already “the
Within this .zip file are four files pertaining to the ICONC project dataset. An .xls excel workbook holds 13 pivot table report views on individual worksheets, as well the ICONC project's raw data worksheet. Data report views include: Timeline, Project Lifespans, All State Activity Profiles, State Profile Detail, Activity_Histogram by Type, Activity Listing, Organization Histogram by State, Organization listing, Program Creation by State, Organization Engagement by Activity Type, and Organization Count by Activity.
The project team developed and documented software tools to be used as micro-services to assist in ETD lifecycle management. Micro-services are single-function services that can be used individually or incorporated into existing repository workflows. The tools were openly licensed for use and modification through the University of North Texas Libraries and were distributed freely in late 2014 after a public review period. The accompanying documentation (ETD Lifecycle Management Tools Manual) was freely disseminated under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 license.
The Lifecycle Management of Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs) Workshop consists of a modular set of Creative Commons (CC-BY 4.0) licensed materials that are available for ETD programs or professional associations to make use of (and adapt) for educating a wide-range of ETD stakeholders. They can be modified, expanded upon, or scaled back to accommodate full-day or half-day in-person workshops, or even brief virtual webinars.
Built on the work of the Recommendations for Action, the 21st Century Library Leadership Logic Model and Library Leadership Roadmap establish the benefits of coordinated action to enrich library leadership training. The Logic Model describes the current state of leadership in libraries and the need for stronger leaders.
The Manual provides resources and instruction for tools in five major areas of lifecycle curation for ETDs, including:
Virus Checking: Submitted ETD's may contain viruses that could damage the entire collection if not screened in advance. We provide instructions for using ClamAV.
In June 2014, the Nexus project assembled stakeholders in library leadership programs, including library leaders, leadership program consultants, and professional organizations to discuss the necessary steps to catalyze library leadership development. The resulting Recommendations for Actions set forth an ambitious agenda to build a shared leadership development roadmap, shared curriculum and evaluation modules, and a network of leadership trainers to coordinate action.
Based on focus groups conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership, the Leadership Development Impact Assessment establishes the core challenges faced by leaders in academic, archival, public, and special library sectors. The Impact Assessment also outlines the leadership competencies that are needed to respond to these challenges.
The Chronicles project focused on developing strategies, workflows, and tools for ingesting preservation-ready news content. Early in the project, the PI, PM, and Technical Advisor hosted a set of concentrated discussions across the three DDP partners (MetaArchive, UNT Coda, and Chronopolis). In these conversations, we formalized a strategy for accomplishing content exchanges using common tools and mechanisms wherever possible.
Providing the foundation for the Training the 21st Century Library Leader white paper, this dataset documents a spectrum of leadership development offerings that served academic, public, special, and archival libraries between 1998 and 2013. The data codebook and two .tsv data files are made available within this .zip download.
The Chronicles in Preservation project has provided an evaluation of three leading technical approaches in the U.S. context (iRODS at Chronopolis, LOCKSS at MetaArchive, and Coda at University of North Texas Libraries) for institutions that want to preserve their diverse newspaper holdings in Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) frameworks. Each of these approaches has unique features and qualities that may be well suited to particular institutions’ needs.
Libraries and other cultural memory organizations curate a substantial body of digital newspaper content. The genesis of these collections is often a series of iterative and cumulative digitization and born-digital acquisitions with idiosyncratic and ad-hoc data storage structures that vary radically in their file types, structures, and metadata. These institutions have limited resources to expend on the normalization or restructuring of their legacy digital content.
The ICONC project created an open data-set revealing the characteristics of U.S.-based digital preservation collaborations from 1994‐2014. Data was populated from publications, websites, grant awards, and surveys of NASCIO and NAGARA members. Ten data attributes were captured for each of the 211 documented collaborative activities; six areas of data attributes were recorded for the 1,274 participating American organizations (out of the 1,856 participating organizations.) The relationships between organizations and activities were recorded to enable relational analyses.
This collection of essays on sustaining digital libraries is a report of early findings from pioneers who have worked to establish digital libraries, not merely as experimental projects, but as ongoing services and collections that are intended to be sustained over time in ways consistent with the long-held practices of print-based libraries.
These proceedings are an unusual blend of contributions inspired by a group of shared beliefs about freedom of information and digital libraries.