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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 vision  The USC Digital Library  Philosophy, infrastructure, practice  A look into the USC Digital Library  Basel Mission Image Archive, mashups, and outreach

3 The USC Environment  Academic units  College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences  Graduate School  17 professional schools  Student profile  Undergraduate: 16,500  Graduate and professional: 17,000  International students: 5,900—most of any U.S. university  Faculty and staff profile  Full-time faculty: 3,200  Staff (50% time or more): 8,500

4 Examples of Major Research Centers and Institutes  Center on Public Diplomacy  Center for Religion and Civic Culture  East Asian Studies Center  Institute for Multimedia Literacy  Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education  U.S.-China Institute

5 The USC Libraries  22 libraries and information centers  200 faculty and staff members  250 student worker FTEs  4 million volumes  103,275 serial titles (print and electronic)  316,000 electronic books  3,192,538 visual items

6 Collections Highlights  California and history of the American West  Cinematic and performing arts  East Asian studies  Iberian and Latin American studies  Natural history  Philosophy

7 The Essential Library

8 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. The USC Libraries’ Vision

9 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. The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d)

10 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. The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d)

11 We will build:  An agile, progressive culture of ubiquitous service that connects our users with relevant information. The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d)

12 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. The USC Libraries’ Vision (cont’d)

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 To ensure ready access to existing resources and to develop focused collections that support effective learning, exceptional teaching, and innovative research at USC. Review digitization activities and develop a plan for future growth. Digitization objective Collections imperative

15 Task Force Findings  Digital projects and services in silos  The Digital Archive  USC Institutional Repository  AIMS—Archiving, Indexing, and Metadata Services  Discrete faculty-driven projects; result of actively seeking to engage

16 Task Force Findings  Needed a deeper relationship with collection development, including:  Formal mechanism for review  More subject librarian participation  Unified 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?

18 The USC Digital Library

19 Digitization Philosophy  A program of digitization, rather than a digital archive  Digitized collections must be accessible through our primary catalog  Project decisions must be transparent and communicated to partners and within the libraries  Focus on accessibility and sustainability vs. customization, however…

20 Digitization Infrastructure  …build so that assets are retrievable from secondary interfaces  Currently using Documentum Technical Organizational  Formal Digital Library unit and with a director  Reports to the associate dean for collections

21 Digitization Practices  Digital Library Selection Advisory Committee  Technical expertise  Subject knowledge  Metadata specialists  Established selection criteria  Relevant to educational and research mission of USC  Legal right to provide online access  Inventory and metadata available  Feasible with existing or potentially obtainable resources  Status and documentation published online

22 State of the USC Digital Library 2007 Digital Archive  Records: 125,307  Assets: 155, Digital Library  Records: 200,500  Assets: 255, New Collections, Including:  Basel Mission images  Los Angeles Examiner  Russian satirical journals  Sea of Korea maps

23 A Look into the USC Digital Library Basel Mission Image Archive Distributed Content Contribution Mashups, Outreach, and Community

24 1. USC Digital Library USC Digital Library

25 2. Basel Mission Photos Basel Mission Photos

26 3. Basel Mission Photos

27 4. Distributed Content Capture

28 5. Distributed Content Capture

29 7. Alternate Interface Alternate Interface

30 8. Visual Interpreter by Rahul Mehrotra, Sharada Dwivedi Visual Interpreter

31 9. Visual Interpreter by Emmanuel Akyeampong Visual Interpreter

32 10. Russian Satirical Journals Russian Satirical Journals

33 11. Russian Satirical Journals Russian Satirical Journals

34 12. Russian Satirical Journals Russian Satirical Journals

35 13. Google Map Interface Google Map Interface

36 14. Google- Flickr Mashup Google- Flickr Mashup

37 15. Twitter Outreach Twitter Outreach

38 16. Media Resource Media Resource

39 17. Media Resource Media Resource

40 18. Print Exhibitions

41 Special Thanks Matt Gainer Director, USC Digital Library Chris Mendez Web Applications Developer Joyce Ouchida Senior Web Developer Wayne Shoaf Head, Technical Services Tim Stanton Project Manager Jon Vidar Multimedia Services Developer

42 Questions

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