Clifford Lynch, What Happens to the Continuity and Future of the Research Enterprise: What We Heard at the Spring 2020 Executive Roundtable, June 4, 2020.
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
On March 11, we designed, tested, and deployed the “Academic Library Response to COVID19” survey with real-time reporting. This session will share both the ongoing findings from the survey (which gathered information on campus courses, residential status, and a range of issues for academic libraries). More than 800 academic libraries in the United States have reported in on the survey and more than 250 have submitted updates. Real-time reports and dashboards, visualizations, and analyses (24 hour, 48 hour, and 10 day) have proved very useful to the field in this time of rapid change and decision making. In addition, the presenters will share what it meant to field a survey when speed was of the essence.
Pennsylvania State University
Art conservators are adopting optical technologies for microscopic examination to improve conservation and preservation efforts for artworks (e.g., historical oil paintings and murals). One such imaging technology is optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-invasive imaging technique that acquires in-depth resolved signals with micrometer resolution. This is highly advantageous for studying the surface features and subsurface structures of delicate cultural heritage objects. This grant-funded project uses a hybrid scanning platform combined with an effective algorithm to achieve macroscopic OCT (macro-OCT) imaging and spectral 3D reconstruction of Impressionist style oil paintings. These digital copies of heritage artworks open up new possibilities for online education, and can also serve as a backup against worst-case scenarios, such as war, terrorism, natural disaster, heist, and other catastrophes that put artworks in a vulnerable position.
Co-authors: Xingyu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology ; Xuan Liu, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Heather McCune Bruhn, Pennsylvania State University
Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections and Digital Programs
The Ohio State University
Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology and Associate CIO
University of California, Berkeley
Head of Repository and Digital Curation
Associate Dean, Library Technology and Digital Strategies
Senior Associate Dean and Deputy University Librarian
The George Washington University
Rebranding “IT Projects” as “library projects” signals to the organization that, as with the strategic planning process, the success of these initiatives is an organization-wide responsibility. Using “Designing IT Projects to Advance the Learning Organization” in EDUCAUSE Review as a jumping-off point, this panel of contributors to the original article will discuss a number of strategic practices used to underscore the organization’s collective responsibility for project outcomes and reinforce the kinds of organizational values and practices characterized by the learning organization. The strategies that the panel will discuss should provide a framework and models for designing projects to advance the learning organization and help create an environment where systems thinking and collaborative learning are the norm and where, as a community, new ways of working to achieve shared values are developed and integrated.
Jon W. Dunn
Assistant Dean for Library Technologies
Academic libraries and archives are dealing with increasing numbers of digital audio and video (AV) files, acquired through digitization of analog collections and acquisition of born-digital AV resources. While the emergence of low-cost storage options and maturity of streaming platforms have made it easier to store and deliver AV, these collections often lack metadata needed to make them discoverable and usable by researchers and other users. The Indiana University Libraries have been working with partners at the University of Texas at Austin, New York Public Library, and digital consultant AVP to develop an open-source software platform, known as AMP (Audiovisual Metadata Platform), that leverages automated machine learning-based tools together with human expertise to build workflows to create and augment metadata for AV resources that enable discovery, rights determination, and use. We will present an update on the progress of the AMP project and its successes and challenges to date, including issues of workflows and integration of open-source and cloud-based machine learning tools. This presentation follows on a presentation given at CNI in spring 2018 on the planning project that led to this current phase of work, which is generously funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.