Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Save the Date! -- September 30, 2009

Institutional Repositories: Disseminating, Promoting, and Preserving Scholarship

Merrill-Cazier Library, Logan campus of Utah State University
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Keynote speaker
G. Sayeed Choudhury (Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director, Digital Research and Curation Center, Johns Hopkins University) will speak on the value of institutional repositories.

Other sessions will feature speakers from around the country. Topics will include IR platforms (Digital Commons, Fedora, CONTENTdm), Creating Managing, and Marketing an IR, and a glimpse into the possible future of both IRs and university digital publishing.

FREE registration includes breakfast and lunch (sponsored by bepress)

Registration closes August 15. Register at http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/irday/

Questions? Contact Heather Leary (heather.leary@usu.edu)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Marriott Library Receives NEH Grant for Utah Digital Newspapers

July 6, 2009 – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a $262,863 National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant to the University of Utah’s Marriott Library to digitize 100,000 pages of Utah newspapers published from 1870 to 1922 for the Utah Digital Newspapers collection. The Marriott Library was one of 16 institutions to receive 2009 NDNP funding. Since 2005, the Marriott Library has received three NDNP grants totaling over $850,000.

Utah Digital Newspapers was initiated by the Marriott Library in 2002 and currently includes 700,000 pages from 50 Utah newspapers published in 27 of Utah’s 29 counties. Digitized articles are available via a single online database that can be browsed or searched by keywords, article titles, weddings, deaths, and births.

Utah Digital Newspapers is important in helping preserve historic newspapers while increasing access for researchers, genealogists, and citizen historians.

Utah Digital Newspapers is freely accessible online at http://digitalnewspapers.org.

Retreat to Focus on Outcomes in Library Measurement and Assessment

The UALC Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce that registration for this summer's retreat, "Incorporating Outcomes into Library Measurement and Assessment," is now open: http://www.ualc.net/2009retreat.html The retreat will be held on Friday, August 14, 2009 at the University of Utah. Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.

This year's program will be presented by the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA). Here is their summary of the program: Traditionally libraries have used a wide variety of methods to track, measure and assess use of their resources and services. Although the concept of measuring the outcome of a program or service is not new in the profit and non-profit business world, measuring outcomes or desired and actual impact of programs and services is becoming the norm and - by many umbrella organizations and granting agencies - required. Through a combination of lecture, individual and small group exercises, participants will: understand the language of outcomes; be familiar with the application of outcomes measurement in library settings; be familiar with the appropriate process of using and integrating outcomes measurement into library programs and services; design outcomes for a library program or service; identify appropriate data collection and measurement for program or service outcomes; and, identify avenues for using outcomes results for planning and justifying existence, expansion and organization or reorganization of library programs, services and funding.

If you have questions please contact Pamela N. Martin at https://www.umail.utah.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=f10e8869800a4fbabbca263285e2a0b1&URL=file%3a%2f%2f%2fC%3a%2fDocuments+and+Settings%2fneverss%2fLocal+Settings%2fTemp%2fXPgrpwise%2f4A4CE401LAWPO1100162623915BA61%2fpamela.martin%40usu.edu