Thursday, December 12, 2013

FREE webinars - UW-Madison

Join UW-Madison faculty for FREE webinars All webinars are from Noon to 1 p.m. CST Go here to register. University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies Continuing Education Services 2014 Webinars Thursday, February 13: Copyright, Libraries, and the Higher Ed Classroom Dorothea Salo, MA-LIS and MA-Spanish Get updated on the latest lawsuits, campaigns, and other copyright happenings in the higher-education classroom. We'll touch on electronic-reserves legal action, streaming video legal action, the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, MOOCs, Google Books and Hathi Trust lawsuits, open access, open textbooks, and open educational resources. Tuesday, March 18: Linked Data's Many Varieties Debra Shapiro, MA-LIS For the last two years, we've been hearing a lot of talk about converting library metadata to linked data. But how? Library of Congress is working on BIBFRAME, a linked data format that is designed to carry all the data in the many millions of existing MARC records. OCLC is using, a microdata format, to enhance the Web displays of WorldCat records. Dublin Core can be written in RDF; is that linked data? In this webinar, Debra Shapiro, UW-Madison SLIS instructor, will help you untangle the acronyms, and pick your favorite flavor of linked data. Wednesday, April 9: Get up and move! Why movement is part of early literacy skills development Dr. Allison Kaplan Pitter, patter like a cat; Stomp like an elephant with feet flat! Now turn around and just like that; Sit down quietly with hands in your lap! The ALSC early literacy initiative, "Every Child Ready to Read," presents five practices: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing, as strategies for helping parents understand how to develop early literacy skills in their children. We tend to feel pretty comfortable with incorporating Talking, Singing, Reading, and Writing into storytime programming; but, what about Playing? In this webinar, participants will learn about the important role moving, playing instruments, and pretending have in helping children ages 0-4 develop early literacy skills and how to incorporate those into storytime programming. Submit ideas by Friday, April 4th to share with other participants! Thursday, May 15: An Introduction to the Digital Humanities for Librarians Dr. Jonathan Senchyne In recent years, the term "digital humanities" has been used to describe modes of research, collaboration, and teaching that apply or analyze computational, digital, and networked tools in humanities contexts. The collaborative, project-focused, and technologically-oriented nature of the field means that information professionals often work alongside scholar-researchers and students. Academic, special, and public libraries and librarians have played important roles in the development of "dh." This webinar will provide an introduction to the digital humanities using examples of recent projects, and focus on how librarians can contribute to or support the digital humanities through, for example, maker spaces, digital labs and learning environments, or as managers of data and providers of digital resources. A good resource for the curious to consult ahead of the webinar is dh+lib, available here. Go here to register. UW-Madison SLIS also offers online continuing education courses and on-campus and on-line Master's degree programs.

FREE conference - Northeast Metadata Specialists Unconference

Northeast Metadata Specialists Unconference Do you work with metadata? Are you a digital initiatives librarian training volunteers for metadata creation? Are you a metadata librarian developing transformations and mappings? Are you programmer who suddenly has to learn MODS? There are a number of metadata specialists of all varieties in New England area. The Northeast Metadata Specialists Unconference, NEMS U (, was created to allow these specialists to come together to work on metadata, discuss projects, help with building their skill sets and network. NEMS Unconference is an informal, open and inexpensive meeting where all skill levels come together to work and discuss metadata issues. NEMS U is collaborative, spontaneous and timely, productive, interprofessional and interdisciplinary. Attendees are expected to participate and above all have fun. Date: February 7, 2013 Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Where: UMass Amherst, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601 154 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003 Directions: Parking: Campus Center Parking Garage Registration: Free but Remember to bring lunch money and some extra to park in the garage! Space: Registration is limited to 45 people Audience: Anyone who works with metadata REQUIREMENTS: Attendees need to bring a laptop. If you plan to attend the introduction to xslt in the afternoon, it is recommended to have access to the command line. For both afternoon groups, it is also recommended to have either a text editor or an xml editor. For text editors, if you use a PC, you can always use Notepad. For Mac and PC users, there is also Text Wrangler (, which is a great general purpose text editor. Oxygen xml editor is an xml editor that offers free 30 day trials ( SCHEDULE: See our web page for the latest details: REGISTRATION: _______________________________________________

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Paid Summer 2014 Internship for Graduate Student - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives

Paid Summer 2014 Internship for Graduate Student - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives The intern's responsibilities will include archival processing of Museum records, reference assistance, and historical research. The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a graduate program in library/information science or archives management. In addition to developing practical work skills through this departmental placement, the intern will participate in MuSe (Museum Seminars) and interact directly with the Museum's diverse audience by conducting a gallery talk based on their area of expertise. MuSe The internship commences with MuSe (Museum Seminars), a series of curator talks in the galleries and presentations by executive staff that introduce interns to the curatorial, educational, and operational structure of the Museum. The seminars also include hands-on workshops and practice sessions to prepare interns to lead gallery talks and tours. Graduate interns attend mandatory full-day MuSe sessions for the first week of the program, and then each Monday throughout the rest of the summer. Eligibility This internship is open to individuals who are currently enrolled in a master's program or who have graduated from a master's program within one year of the application deadline. PhD candidates are not eligible to apply, but may be eligible for one of several Museum Fellowships. Dates and Compensation June 2-August 8, 2014 Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week Compensation: approximately $4,000 ($11.42/hour, less applicable taxes and deductions) Application deadline: January 9, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. For further information and to complete an online application visit For further information regarding The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives visit

Thursday, December 5, 2013

9th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship

The Woody Guthrie Center in conjunction with BMI Foundation, Inc. are pleased to announce that the application period for the 2014 Fellowship Program is now open. The 9th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship will be awarded to one applicant working on a research topic or theme directly related to Guthrie's life, work, or contribution to American music and world culture. The BMI Foundation, Inc. will award up to $5,000 to support scholarly research at the archives at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK. Scholars pursuing research related to Woody Guthrie's life, historic context, creative works, and musical influence, as well as his philosophical, political, or humanistic ideals, are encouraged to apply for this prestigious Fellowship. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has recently acquired the Woody Guthrie Archives research collection, and in 2013 these materials were relocated to a permanent repository in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Please Note: The Woody Guthrie Fellowship supports research solely for the purpose of scholarly and/or educational publication. More information about the Fellowship is available through the Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program website. Application Deadline: February 7, 2014 Please direct questions to

CFP - Personal Digital Archiving 2014

Personal Digital Archiving 2014 "Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities" 10-11 April 2014 Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Extended to December 16, 2013 Personal Digital Archiving 2014 explores the intersections between individuals, public institutions, and private companies engaged in the creation, preservation and ongoing use of the digital records of our daily lives. The conference reflects upon the current status of personal archiving, its achievements, challenges, issues, and needs as evidenced through research, education, case studies, practitioner experiences, best practices, the development of tools and services, storage options, curation, and economic sustainability. There is also interest in the role of libraries, archives and other cultural heritage organizations in supporting personal digital archiving through outreach or in conjunction with developing community history collections. The PDA 2014 Program Committee invites proposals on a full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving from everyone who seeks to ensure long-term access and preservation for personal collections and archives. Case studies that illustrate effective ways to help users and institutions manage personal digital archives are especially encouraged. Presentations might also address materials and format challenges including family archives of photographs and home movies, personal health and financial data, scrapbooking, social network posts, genealogy, blogs, email and other correspondence. Presentations might explore how personal digital archives are being used in the research conducted within various scholarly disciplines and how such use impacts research methodologies. Themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and funding models are welcomed. Additionally the program committee encourages proposals exploring the following questions: * What social contexts shape what people decide to preserve and make accessible about their lives over time? * How do we preserve the ability to access digital content over time when every app/community/network has a lifecycle that involves the end of its existence? * Is there too much fragmentation and reinvention of the wheel in the PDA field? Are there collaborative models to consider to encourage greater efficiency? * How should libraries, museums and archives collect personal digital materials? How do we better share our knowledge and communicate about our work (including the failures as well as the successes)? * How are archivists, curators, genealogists using born-digital and/or digitized material in their research? * What are some practical strategies for helping libraries, museums and archives conduct personal archiving outreach to their communities? * How can individuals be encouraged to undertake personal digital archiving activities? * What are effective strategies and best practices for personal digital archiving in social media and ecommerce settings? * What is the best way to integrate scanning of analog materials into personal digital archiving while recognizing that digitization isn't digital preservation? * What tools and services now exist to help with personal archiving? What do we need to make the process easier or more effective? * What storage options are currently available; how do they compare with one another; and what can we expect to see in the near future? How do we address scalability issues? * What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate? * What are the key issues associated with digital estate planning and "the digital afterlife"? * How can users work with social media companies for better APIs and/or download services to get usefully formatted export of personal data? * How do Terms of Service vary for social media networks and cloud-based services, particularly in connection with ownership, copyright, privacy and liability? The conference program will include three types of presentations: 20-minute papers, 5-minute lightning talks, and posters (including demos). To submit a proposal please visit the PDA 2014 website located at: Submissions should include the title of your project, paper or presentation and * For 20-minute paper presentations, a 300-word abstract * For lightning talks and posters, a 150-300 word abstract * A brief biographical sketch or CV (no more than 2 pages) PDA 2014 IS SPONSORED BY Indiana State University Indiana State Library Library of Congress IN COLLABORATION WITH The Coalition for Networked Information


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ACA INSTITUTE 2014 The Association of Canadian Archivists is seeking proposals for a 2-3 day educational institute to be held in Canada in 2014. The biannual ACA Institute began in the late 1990s and features topics and curricula that offer intense learning experiences to archivists at an advanced level. Past ACA Institutes were on topics such as digital preservation management, personal archives, understanding users, and archival appraisal theory and practice. For a list of previous Institute topics and locations, please see: Financial compensation for instructors is based on the following: * Honoraria: $200 per day, per instructor * Expenses for instructors: Annual negotiation and ACA Board approval of expenses is required, based on ACA support for reasonable travel to the venue, accommodation and meal per diem (at current ACA rates). Proposals for the 2014 Institute should be submitted by January 15th, 2014, using this online form. Please click this link to send any questions to the Professional Learning Committee, or follow the link at: Regards, Jill Teasley, on behalf of the ACA Professional Learning Committee