Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MWDL Collaborates with Digital Public Library of America

The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) has been selected as one of the first seven state/regional digital collaborative programs to be included in the launch of the Digital Public Library of America.  MWDL will be participating in a Digital Hubs Pilot project starting September 2012, designed as the first step in connecting the various content repositories of the United States into a distributed content infrastructure that will support local digital content creation, description, and preservation, as well as provide an on-ramp for libraries, archives, and museums to share their content with the new national library.

MWDL was selected, according to the grant, because of "experience in maintaining a successful regional collaborative," "the maturity of their service offering," "their deep staff expertise," and "the size and diversity of format types in their existing collections." It is is the sole regional hub in the Pilot.  There are six state hubs, including Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Oregon. 

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an ambitious project intended to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. Over the last two years, the DPLA has created a broad community that is working together towards this common purpose, with representation from public libraries, academic libraries, archives, and museums. The DPLA's new portal will launch in April 2013 with open content from the digital hubs in this pilot, as well as from very large content providers like HathiTrust  and the Internet Archive. The Pilot project, in the words of the NEH proposal, aims to "bring together the existing U.S. digital library infrastructure into a sustainable national digital library system."

DPLA has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Digital Hubs Pilot over the next two years. To facilitate the partnership in the Mountain West, the MWDL will receive approximately $125,000, primarily for creating the connection for metadata harvesting into DPLA and for working with collection partners on metadata issues and appropriate rights declarations. 

For more information, contact:
Sandra McIntyre
Program Director  |  Mountain West Digital Library  |  +1-801-585-0969  |

RDA Training at the Utah State LIbrary

The Utah State Library is planning a week-long (5 day) "RDA Bee" with Robert Maxwell of BYU, held on the BYU campus. People will come in and actually do cataloging using the RDA method, with hands on practice and actual materials. Attendees will be able to ask questions and learn the process from an excellent instructor who has been using this for awhile and who has written a book on RDA.

It is planned for October 2012, so be sure to leave some room in your schedule that month.
Details will on the ULN listserv and on the Utah State Library workshops site once it is announced:

For more information, contact:
Colleen Eggett
Training Coordinator, Utah State Library
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut 84116-7901
801-715-6776 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)

Celebrations at the University of Utah Eccles Health Libraries

A Series of Events Celebrating the Reopening of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
and the Success of the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library

1.  Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women in Health Care Traveling Exhibit
August 30, 2012-October 7, 2012
Daily library hours
Main Level of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

2.  Personal Stories, Cultural Change: Women Physicians in America 1850-2012
Grand Opening of the Changing the Face of Medicine Exhibit
In conjunction with InfoFair 2012
Thursday August 30th
Alumni Hall, Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building
Clifford C. Snyder MD and Mary Snyder Lecture
Presented by Ellen S. More PhD, University of Massachusetts
Welcome and Comments by Jean Shipman, Library Director; Senior Vice President Vivian Lee; Spencer F. Eccles, Chairman Emeritus,
Intermountain Banking Region, Wells Fargo & Co., Chairman and CEO George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Followed by light lunch, viewing of the exhibit and tours of the Health Sciences Libraries
Parking in Visitor Lot, see Joan Stoddart for stickers

3.  Changing the Face of Medicine: Across Generations, Across Disciplines
A Panel Discussion
Monday, September 10, 2012
History of Medicine Room, Upper Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Panel moderated by Dr. Harriet Hopf, with Kathleen Digre, MD; Karen Gunning, PharmD;
Lauren Clark, RN, Ph.D., Professor, College of Nursing; Tricia Hauschild, MD, ; Lisa Cannon-Albright, Ph.D., Professor Biomedical Informatics and Director of Genetic Epidemiology Division
Light refreshments will be served at 10:15
Parking in visitor Lot, see Joan for stickers

4.  The Woman’s Face of Medicine in Frontier Utah
Presentation by Historian Will Bagley
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
George and Dolores Eccles Genetics Institute Auditorium
Light refreshments at 10:30 at the Auditorium

For more information contact:
Joan Stoddart

Collection Disaster Preparedness Workshop Being Offered

Workshop: "RU Redy? Scenario Planning & Collaboration among Libraries and Archives to Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections"

Instructor:  Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian, U of U Marriott Library

Cost:  No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities; co-sponsored by the Utah State Library and the University of Utah Marriott Library.

Goals of the “R U REDY?” workshop:
-Test emergency plans & identify areas for improvement
-Identify mechanisms for mutual aid
-Improve participants’ ability to evaluate risks (via a pre-workshop self-survey)
-Encourage participants to improve disaster preparedness

Who should attend?
When possible, send 2-3 participants from your library/archive to work together on disaster preparedness activities: 
-Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness
-Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection
-Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making

Requirements: (Randy will help you with these if you need it)
-A written disaster plan that includes collections response/recovery
-A letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to optimize preparedness
-A completed 3-page vulnerability assessment (distributed 3 weeks before workshop)

For registration assistance please contact: Alex Gingerich
For general & content information contact: Randy Silverman