According to an article from last week’s Cornell Chronicle, the Cornell University Library has recently added hundreds of digitized images to their Hip Hop Collection. The images help tell the story of hip hop’s inception and history. The new pieces include news articles, photos, and press packets, and are sourced from American music journalist Bill Adler‘s personal archive. Adler served as director of publicity for Def Jam Records and Rush Artist Management from 1984-1990, where he worked alongside producers Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, during an era when the label released notable albums by Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Run-DMC, EPMD, and De La Soul. Cornell’s curator of rare books and manuscripts, Katherine Reagan, comments that, “Bill’s files are a rich and deep resource for the study of hip-hop’s emergence in the popular press and as a force within the music industry, and they enrich our understanding of hip-hop’s 40-year history.”
The Hip Hop Collection is part of the Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. They received Adler’s archive in 2013, but the newly added pieces represent only 5 percent of the full archive – the rest can be seen in person at the library, for now. The library plans to digitize the rest of Adler’s archive over the next few years, and this recent batch includes over 1700 images. Adler started collecting in the 70s, when there were few resources about hip-hop and the internet did not exist. “But there was a tremendous explosion of writing about hip-hop in real time,” he said. “I’m thrilled to know that the collection is going to be made available to anyone with a keyboard and an internet connection, anywhere in the world.” (Sources: 1, 2, 3)
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Ever digitized an old print photo by taking a picture of it with your phone? In a pinch, it’s a quick-and-dirty solution that usually sacrifices image quality. The Google Photos team has responded with their new PhotoScan app, which harnesses the ease of using a phone camera, while also cleaning up the quality issue. A simple interface allows you to quickly scan multiple photos, while also guiding you through scanning different parts of each photo to produce a much higher-quality image that reduces glare and shadow. The app also offers automatic rotation, cropping, and color-correction. Naturally, PhotoScan seamlessly integrates with Google Photos, but you can also save your scans to your camera roll or share them in other apps.
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On Tuesday, November 1st, the Library of Congress unveiled the new redesign of their website homepage. The unveiling comes as part of the larger redesign of their site, currently in the works. The Library’s blog, The Signal, recently published an interview (conducted by Jaime Mears) with Natalie Buda Smith, User (UX) Team supervisor for the Library of Congress, where she discussed user experience (UX) and the importance of design focus in libraries.
Project One is the name of the Library’s redesign initiative, led by Smith. One of Project One’s biggest challenges, says Smith, is that the Library started sharing their (vast amount of) content early on the web, using older technologies, and a substantial amount of “re-work” is necessary to integrate the old content with new technologies. Also challenging has been the task of conceptualizing a framework for the site that is optimized for search; decisions need to be made about which objects need metadata and appropriate metadata needs to be assigned to items. Once that foundation is laid, the team aims to build structures for packaging the content in different ways to appeal to certain audiences.
For more on the design process and to view the interview with Natalie Buda Smith, please visit the post on The Signal‘s site here. To view the Library of Congress’s new homepage, please visit loc.gov.
On Tuesday, November 1st, the Library of Congress unveiled the new redesign of their website homepage. The unveiling comes as... MORE
The Phillips Memorial Library is celebrating Providence College’s Centennial with a grand exhibition. The exhibit was curated and installed by Special and Archival Collections, and photographed and archived by, Digital Publishing Services. It features items on loan or donated by alumni that span the College’s first 100 years. The exhibit is available through Digital Commons’ Image Gallery. Items in this collection include: a basketball signed by the winners of the NIT Championship’s from 1961 and 1963, a Friars Club jacket circa 1964, and an address to the first Honorary Degree recipient given out at the school, General Armando Diaz, former Minister of War and Chief of Staff of the Italian Army from 1917-1924. Check out the online exhibit or come visit the library to see it. The exhibit runs through the Fall semester of 2016.
The Phillips Memorial Library is celebrating Providence College’s Centennial with a grand exhibition. The exhibit was curated and installed by... MORE
Trouble finding research or teaching materials on your computer? Overwhelmed with family photos? Not sure what “the cloud” even is?
Join me on Tuesday, September 20 at 2:30 PM in the Phillips Memorial Library to learn some simple ways to start managing your digital life including tips for file naming, choosing file formats, and storage best practices.
I hope to see you there!
Can’t make it, but want to learn more? Check out this post from the Library of Congress blog, The Signal.
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If you visit the second floor of the Phillips Memorial Library you’ll see an iPad kiosk across from the theology books. The kiosk presents the Theology Collections Portal, a tool designed to connect users browsing the theology collection with the library’s extensive electronic resources in theology. Using the touch interface, users can interact with the kiosk according to their research goals. Options include:
Find Scholarly Sources for a Paper (articles, ebooks, specific journal titles)
Explore Theology Topics (major religions, Thomas Aquinas, Catholicism and Catholic social thought)
Find Bibles and Biblical Commentary
Get Research Help
Kiosk content is presented via a content management system (CMS) called Scalar. Scalar provides a platform for the creation of rich, digital publications that integrate text and media using a variety of flexible templates. A signature design element in Scalar is the ability to create multiple narrative paths through a work. This path functionality made Scalar an ideal CMS for the creation of the theology kiosk content. Additionally, Scalar presents built-in visualization tools, which allow creators to explore and adjust the relationships between content in different ways. Scalar is supported by the Alliance for Networked Visual Culture.
You are welcome to explore the Theology Collections Portal online as well as at the iPad kiosk in the library. Please do contact us with questions or suggestions- our primary goal is to make the kiosk as helpful as possible for our researchers and your feedback is greatly valued!
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Edward P. Doyle, O.P., 1907-1997, was a member of the Providence College faculty from 1941-1954. During a leave of absence for military service Father Doyle served as a World War II U.S. Army Chaplain. As a member of the 104th Infantry Division, Father Doyle was present at the liberation of the concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany.
The collection includes photographs, text documents, and a single audio file (including a link to the video from that audio file). The focus of this collection is Father Doyle’s personal photographs from the liberation of the Nordhausen Concentration Camp. These images are deeply disturbing, so caution is advised.
Digital Publishing Services recently added the Father Edward Doyle, O.P. Collection to our dpml.providence.edu site. Edward P. Doyle, O.P., 1907-1997, was... MORE
Yale University, through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (NEH), created a beautiful online database called Photogrammar for searching, organizing and visualizing over 170,000 photographs from 1935-1945. The photographs were created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). This web-based platform uses various ways to interact with this content, including a map of the United States that can organize the photographs by photographer and where the photographs were taken. There are Photogrammar Labs, which include a Treemap: “a three-tier classification starting with 12 main subject headings (ex. THE LAND), then 1300 sub-headings (ex. Mountains, Deserts, Foothills, Plains) and then sub-sub headings. 88,000 photographs were assigned classifications,” and a Metadata Platform: “an interactive dashboard showing the relationship between date, county, photographer, and subject in photographs from individual states. The dashboard is still in development, but California is now available.” Coming soon will be a ColorSpace lab, which explores “the 17,000 color photographs based on hue, saturation and lightness.”
A great resource for educators, researchers, students and the public alike.
Yale University, through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (NEH), created a beautiful online database called Photogrammar for searching,... MORE
Digital Publishing Services will be traveling to Hartford, CT next week to attend Islandora Camp!
Islandora is a digital asset management system that combines a Fedora back end and a Drupal front end. DPS is thrilled to begin using Islandora to manage and present our assets. Our attendance at Islandora Camp will help us develop the technical and metadata skills needed to begin our implementation.
Some of the highlights of the camp include: Solr for Admin, Building Digital Archive Collections with Islandora, and Shaping your Workflow: Creating Custom Ingest Workflows Using Islandora Webform. The camp will be held from October 20 – 22 in Hartford, CT, at the UCONN Graduate Business Learning Center.
We are looking forward to telling you all about it!
Digital Publishing Services will be traveling to Hartford, CT next week to attend Islandora Camp! Islandora is a digital asset management system... MORE
The DPS has been tirelessly working on a promotional video for the Digital Commons. The catalyst for this video was Providence College reaching a milestone of 1 million full-text downloads from the Digital Commons site! The video is forthcoming. Stay tuned!!
The DPS has been tirelessly working on a promotional video for the Digital Commons. The catalyst for this video was... MORE