James Neal Talks at the Smithsonian

On September 8, Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, gave a presentation at the Smithsonian Institution titled We Can’t Get There From Here: The Intersection of Research Library Aspirations and Copyright Challenges. Jim reminded us that libraries, museums and archives are living in times of revolutionary changes in user expectations, personal computing, digital preservation, open source, open content, push technology, and a huge shift to mobile technology.  Libraries, museums and archives are facing changing roles as Research and Development organizations, publishers, educators, entrepreneurs and policy makers as we incorporate Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 into our services. James Neal LectureOriginally uploaded by Smithsonian Libraries Library Web 2.0 embraces rapid technology development and deployment, perpetual assessment, boundary erosion, and supports the needs of BIG science (massive unstructured data curation, collaboration, extraction, distribution, and simulation). Jim also said these are times for organizational risk taking and new organizational models, and a time to rethink library space planning and identity. As a result we are all feeling anxious, more »

North American Indian Photograpy of Edward Curtis now on Flickr!

Wedding party – QagyuhlOriginally uploaded by Smithsonian Institution Check out SIL’s newest contribution to the Smithsonian Commons on Flickr, the Native American Indian Photography of Edward Curtis: http://flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/sets/72157607176299398/ For more information about the work of Edward Curtis, visit our online exhibit here:http://www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Curtis/index.htm

National Postal Museum Library Open House

The National Postal Museum Library is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Friday, September 26th from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM. The open house coincides with the Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium, entitled, "When the mail goes to war". Visit the Library, take a tour, and see our fascinating collections of philatelic and postal history items.

David Weinberger to speak in Future of Libraries, Museums and Archives series

David Weinberger The End of Information September 16, 2008 2:00pm-4:00pm, Ripley Center, Room 3111 ~~the lecture will also be webcast live ~~ http://www.sil.si.edu/lectures_40th_Weinberger.html  David Weinberger is currently a fellow at the Berkman Institute on Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.  In 1999, he co-authored The Cluetrain Manifesto, a set of 95 theses examining the impact of the internet on markets and organizations. His latest book is Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. Mr. Weinberger’s current interests include: We are changing the basic principles by which we organize our world. What effect will that have on our institutions and on our way of understanding ourselves and the world we share? What policies and laws will enable the Internet to thrive as an open platform for ideas, innovation and connection? On the occasion of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ 40th anniversary, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL), Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) present another in a series of speakers to address more »

James Neal to speak in Future of Libraries, Museums and Archives series

James Neal We Can’t Get There From Here: The Intersection of Research Library Aspirations and Copyright Challenges. September 8, 2008 2:00-4:00, Ripley Center, Room 3111 ~~The lecture will also be webcast live at~~ http://www.sil.si.edu/lectures_40th_Neal.html   James Neal is currently the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University.  His responsibilities include the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Copyright Advisory Office, and the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. Jim Neal has served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as on the Council and Executive Board of the American Library Association.  He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and is a consultant and published author, with a focus in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, organizational change and human resource development. 

New Smithsonian Publications added to BHL

bulletinunitedst361889unit_0001Originally uploaded by Smithsonian Libraries As part of its participation in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries has recently digitized most of the series Bulletin of the United States National Museum (1875-1971) and the Proceedings of the United States National Museum (1878-1968). Both titles are museum-oriented publications that document important research at the Smithsonian, including reports on expeditions, catalogs of the collections and descriptions of new species. The volumes come from SIL’s Smithsoniana collection, housed in the Museum Studies and Reference Library, and were scanned at the FedScan scanning center at the Library of Congress. Although the goal is to digitize both series in their entirety, you may notice a few missing issues. The scanning process was often complicated by the publications’ unexpected features like fold out maps. Check back as SIL solves these digitization conundrums and adds new volumes! Click here to view the available Bulletins.Click here to view the available Proceedings. -ECR

Impressions of an IFLA Congress – 2

It’s Friday, August 15, and the 2008 IFLA Congress is officially finished, but I have one more meeting, the Governing Board, tomorrow.  On Wednesday, I attended the meeting hosted by Jay Jordan, President of OCLC, concerning OCLC’s new initiatives, and especially how it operates internationally.  It’s clear that the organization will be making some changes in governance to allow for more participation by OCLC members outside the U.S. as those numbers are growing fast.  OCLC’s Karen Calhoun spoke about metadata and how library catalogs need to be put in a larger context if they will continue to be relevant to information searchers.  I had to leave the session early, but not before she quoted from both David Weinberger and David Lankes, both authors looking into the future of information and both speakers coming to the Smithsonian Libraries this fall. Earlier that day, the Acquisitions and Collection Development Section held a program about mass digitization, at which Robert Miller of the Internet Archive, and Jonathan Bengston of the University of Toronto more »

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