During 2011, University Library faculty published over 30 articles. Among the journals publishing these works are: The American Archivist, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, Information Technology & Libraries, Journal of Library Metadata, Knowledge Quest, Reference & User Services Quarterly, and Studies in Iconography to name just a few. Continue reading
In a recent article in Knowledge Quest, Frances Jacobson Harris examines the role of school librarians given the ease of accessing information through the web:
Now that students can easily access the web, some believe that school libraries and librarians are no longer necessary. School librarians understand that classroom teachers do not have the training or the time to assume the role of information specialists. Scholars also know that it is not enough to simply access content, especially for learners. As information specialists, school librarians are in a unique position to teach students to use content in a responsible manner. The author works in a setting where the school librarian’s information specialist role is pressingly important, University Laboratory High School in Champaign, Illinois, a public high school for three hundred gifted 8th through 12th graders.
Harris, Frances Jacobson. “The School Librarian as Information Specialist: A Vibrant Species.” Knowledge Quest 39.5 (2011): 28-32. Print. Available Online.
Myung-Ja Han explores metadata creation for digitized books in the Journal of Library Metadata:
Libraries have been trying to find a faster and better way to provide access to resources they hold or resources available elsewhere. The abundance of digitized books produced by mass digitization projects requires libraries to assess the effectiveness of current workflows and to explore new ways to process and present them. In order to provide access to these resources in a timely matter, libraries must develop a new workflow that can process the records en masse. This article discusses the new workflow that the University of Illinois Library uses to create separate bibliographic metadata records for digitized books. The workflow implements the eXtensible Markup Language and Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting to create cataloging records for digitized books, which makes it possible to provide access to these resources via the Online Public Access Catalog, and to share the resources with other libraries.
Han, Myung-Ja. 2011. “Creating Metadata for Digitized Books: Implementing XML and OAI-PMH in Cataloging Workflow.” Journal of Library Metadata 11 (1): 19-32. Available online.
Harriett Green, the English and Digital Humanities Librarian, is starting a new project entitled, “Bandits and Browsing: Data Mining and Network Analysis for Library Collections,” a collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library and the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS). For the project, she was awarded a start-up allocation grant from XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment). Continue reading