For another year in a row, DPS and a couple of other librarians from Phillips Memorial Library participated in DigiCamp, an annual unConference sponsored by the ACRL NEC Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG) that focuses on how libraries are using technology.
This year’s event was hosted at UMass Boston and the day began with a great presentation by Carolyn Goldstein and Andrew Elder on the Mass Memories Road Show, a state-wide digital history project that documents people, places, and events in Massachusetts history. The photographs and stories are preserved and publicly accessible in UMass Boston’s Open Archives.
The breakout session topics, collaboratively chosen by participants in advance of the event, included Technology for Users; Accessibility; Social Media/Marketing/Outreach; Digital Humanities, Preservation, and Pedagogy; VR/Video Games; Web/Course Guide Design and UX; Instructional Design/Teaching with Technology; OER, Open Access, and Altmetrics; Makerspaces; Interfaces & Collections; Cool Tools; and Assessment & Data. I attended the Technology for Users, VR/Video Games, and Makerspaces sessions, and got some great ideas for our MediaHub in Phillips Memorial Library.
The highlight of the day was a tour of and workshop in the UMass Boston MakerSpace lab, where we saw some 3D printing in action and learned the basics of 3D design, including a tutorial in Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D design tool.
Looking forward to next year!
For another year in a row, DPS and a couple of other librarians from Phillips Memorial Library participated in DigiCamp, an annual... MORE
Providence College’s Digital Commons, an open-access repository of faculty and student scholarship, has been redesigned! The new homepage features a gallery of some of the collections that we are digitizing and journals we are publishing, including the archive of PC’s student newspaper, The Cowl and The Providence College Art Journal, which publishes the Art History and Studio Art senior theses along with original student artworks in a variety of media. Check it out at: http://digitalcommons.providence.edu/.
Providence College’s Digital Commons, an open-access repository of faculty and student scholarship, has been redesigned! The new homepage features a... MORE
Founded in 1451, the Vatican Library holds some 80,000 manuscripts and texts. Amongst these texts are surviving fragments of the Vergilius Vaticanus, one of the world’s oldest illuminated versions of Virgil’s Aeneid. Vergilius Vaticanus has recently been digitized by Digita Vaticana, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Vatican Library converting the library’s manuscripts into digital format.
Founded in 1451, the Vatican Library holds some 80,000 manuscripts and texts. Amongst these texts are surviving fragments of the... MORE
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!
If you visit the second floor of the Phillips Memorial Library you’ll see an iPad kiosk across from the theology... MORE
As I’ve begun settling into Providence after my move from New York, I’m finally having some time to catch up on my library news. I had heard about NYPL’s recent release of more than 180,000 public domain items from their digital collections, including the first known photography by a woman and more than 40,000 stereoscopic views of the U.S., but as I delved deeper, I discovered all of the exciting tools and initiatives that they’ve integrated into the collections to encourage discovery, interaction, sharing, research, and reuse. In particular, I’ve been musing on the fantastic visual browsing tool. Data visualization is still often thought of simply as a graphic, sometimes interactive, representation of statistics and other data, but it also clearly has so much potential as a tool for discovery, by helping users to better understand the scope of the information that they’re searching or exploring.
Beyond content visualization, NYPL is championing active user/content engagement with the Digital Collections API, a Remix Residency program and other tools from the creative folks at NYPL Labs, like The Green Book trip planner, which uses “locations extracted from mid-20th century motor guides that listed hotels, restaurants, bars, and other destinations where Black travelers would be welcome.”
For those of us who spend most of our days in the weeds of content management, NYPL’s Digital Collections initiatives are a great reminder to think innovatively about how we can better connect and engage users with digital collections.
For some Friday fun, check out their Stereogranimator and create some 3D images!
As I’ve begun settling into Providence after my move from New York, I’m finally having some time to catch up... MORE
The well known New York art journal Triple Canopy has agreed to host it’s archive at the Fales Library at New York University. The journal has been published (mostly online, though some print versions do exist) since 2007. Triple Canopy is a part of Common Practice New York and publishes physical art as well has performances and artist talks.
Browsers update, links rot and standards evolve – often at a rapid pace,” said Ms. Resnick, who initiated talks with the library about the unusual agreement. In an interview, she added: “For digital preservation you really have to be doing it and thinking about it all the time. And we just felt that it was completely beyond our capabilities.
Digital Publishing Services’ ongoing digitization of back issues of the Cowl has enter a new phase, the 1980s!
Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16th, 1935. It has been published continuously each academic year since then, with the exception of two years in the 1940’s during World War II
We will continue to digitize the Cowl up to the point that it became a ‘born digital’ newspaper. At that point, we hope to collect all of the born digital copies and archive them in Digital Commons as well.
Digital Publishing Services’ ongoing digitization of back issues of the Cowl has enter a new phase, the 1980s! Providence College’s... MORE
Learn more about what contemporaries of the Dorr Rebellion thought about the conflict by exploring these 16 pamphlets written during or shortly after the rebellion took place.
One great example is “An Address on the Right of Free Suffrage'” written by Seth Luther, an antebellum workers’ and suffrage organizer from Providence, RI. In this pamphlet, Luther speaks at length about the discrepancies surrounding the rights of free men in this still young government and it’s constitution.
This material adds an important additional layer of complexity to the Dorr site. It allows readers to explore what those for and against the Dorr Rebellion were writing before, during and shortly after it took place.
Digital Publishing Services recently added 16 pamphlets to the Dorr Rebellion website titled: Pamphlets: Contemporary Assessments of the Dorr Rebellion.... MORE