Presentation on theme: "First Contact: Establishing the USC Digital Library"— Presentation transcript:
1 First Contact: Establishing the USC Digital Library Catherine Quinlan, Dean of the USC Libraries Hugh McHarg, Executive Director, Communications and Public Programming
2 Outline The USC environment The Essential Library Mission and visionThe USC Digital LibraryPhilosophy, infrastructure, practiceA look into the USC Digital LibraryBasel Mission Image Archive, mashups, and outreach
3 The USC Environment Academic units Student profile College of Letters, Arts, and SciencesGraduate School17 professional schoolsStudent profileUndergraduate: 16,500Graduate and professional: 17,000International students: 5,900—most of any U.S. universityFaculty and staff profileFull-time faculty: 3,200Staff (50% time or more): 8,500
4 Examples of Major Research Centers and Institutes Center on Public DiplomacyCenter for Religion and Civic CultureEast Asian Studies CenterInstitute for Multimedia LiteracyShoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and EducationU.S.-China Institute
5 The USC Libraries 22 libraries and information centers 200 faculty and staff members250 student worker FTEs4 million volumes103,275 serial titles (print and electronic)316,000 electronic books3,192,538 visual items
6 Collections Highlights California and history of the American WestCinematic and performing artsEast Asian studiesIberian and Latin American studiesNatural historyPhilosophy
8 The USC Libraries’ Vision The USC Libraries will be an innovative, inspiring, and integral partner in the scholarly achievements of USC faculty, students, and staff.In so doing, we actively contribute to the development of knowledge and the advancement of society.
9 The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d) We will build:A dynamic intellectual and physical environment that will attract and retain top-tier students, faculty, and staff and encourage the creativity necessary to support the global ambitions of USC.
10 The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d) We will build:Vital partnerships, through which we will develop interdisciplinary collections that support faculty teaching and research, student learning, and the cultivation of critical-thinking abilities.
11 The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d) We will build:An agile, progressive culture of ubiquitous service that connects our users with relevant information.
12 The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d) We will build:An appreciation of the value of past knowledge, in all its forms, and its role in informing the scholarship of the future.
13 The USC Libraries’ Mission The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens.
14 Imperatives and Objectives Collections imperativeTo ensure ready access to existing resources and to develop focused collections that support effective learning, exceptional teaching, and innovative research at USC.Digitization objectiveReview digitization activities and develop a plan for future growth.
15 Task Force Findings Digital projects and services in silos The Digital ArchiveUSC Institutional RepositoryAIMS—Archiving, Indexing, and Metadata ServicesDiscrete faculty-driven projects; result of actively seeking to engage
16 Task Force FindingsNeeded a deeper relationship with collection development, including:Formal mechanism for reviewMore subject librarian participationUnified framework for green-lighting projects—collections, technology, funds, faculty advocates
17 Task Force Findings Persistent questions among our users What is the approval process for digital projects?What are the libraries’ responsibilities? What are my responsibilities as a content owner?Will you build—and maintain—a custom interface?When I donate a collection, is it automatically digitized?
19 Digitization Philosophy A program of digitization, rather than a digital archiveDigitized collections must be accessible through our primary catalogProject decisions must be transparent and communicated to partners and within the librariesFocus on accessibility and sustainability vs. customization, however…
20 Digitization Infrastructure Technical…build so that assets are retrievable from secondary interfacesCurrently using DocumentumOrganizationalFormal Digital Library unit and with a directorReports to the associate dean for collections
21 Digitization Practices Digital Library Selection Advisory CommitteeTechnical expertiseSubject knowledgeMetadata specialistsEstablished selection criteriaRelevant to educational and research mission of USCLegal right to provide online accessInventory and metadata availableFeasible with existing or potentially obtainable resourcesStatus and documentation published online
22 State of the USC Digital Library 2007 Digital ArchiveRecords: 125,307Assets: 155,8972009 Digital LibraryRecords: 200,500Assets: 255,93517 New Collections, Including:Basel Mission imagesLos Angeles ExaminerRussian satirical journalsSea of Korea maps
23 A Look into the USC Digital Library Basel Mission Image Archive Distributed Content Contribution Mashups, Outreach, and Community
41 Special Thanks Matt Gainer Director, USC Digital Library Chris Mendez Web Applications DeveloperJoyce OuchidaSenior Web DeveloperWayne ShoafHead, Technical ServicesTim StantonProject ManagerJon VidarMultimedia Services Developer