Fedora Commons Open Source Integration for Digital Curation with DX

Dell Technology Partner logoIn July 2012, Dell made the University Library a Certified Technology Partner and awarded the Library a grant of $120,000 to be used in the next three years to develop software for the Library’s digital repository program. The grant was publicly announced in September. I contacted Tom Habing, Manager of the Library Software Development Group and Principal Investigator of the grant, to find out more about this project. Continue reading

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Online Ethics Resource Launched

Ethics CORE, an interactive resource designed to provide researchers and professionals in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, and mathematics with information on ethical practices and materials on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), is now available at http://nationalethicscenter.org. The University Library played an integral role in the $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to Illinois to develop the site, which is housed in the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center (see the 2010 project announcement at www.library.illinois.edu/news/NCPRE.html).

Co-principal investigators include Taft Broome, Howard University (Civil Engineering); Nicholas Burbules, Illinois (Education); Michael Loui, Illinois, (Electrical and Computer Engineering); and William Mischo, Illinois (University Library).

Press Release from the Coordinated Science Laboratory.

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IMLS Grant to Fund Preservation Self-Assessment Program

The University Library will receive a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The Library will partner with the William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum; the McLean County Museum of History; Heritage Preservation, Inc.; the Chicago History Museum; the Illinois Heritage Association; and the Illinois State Library to develop the Preservation Self-Assessment Program, a free computer-based tool that will help library, museum, and archives staff to conduct physical assessment and prioritization of preservation needs for paper-based and photographic materials. This tool will build upon the project director Jennifer Hain Teper‘s previous work developing a similar tool for assessing audio-visual collections, and will produce a detailed preservation report prioritizing collection items in order of preservation need. The tool will be designed to allow interoperation with other emerging software tools such as the open-source Archives Space collections management tool.

Award announcement from IMLS

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University of Illinois Library Awarded IMLS Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded the University of Illinois Library three National Leadership Grants! Congratulations to everyone on all of these successful proposals!  We look forward to seeing the research, services, and enhanced practice that will come from the proposed work. Continue reading

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