An upcoming overhaul of the platform that allows you to find, request, and borrow materials will be bringing some changes to library services and interfaces. The current technology, which is more than thirty years old, is out-of-sync with modern computing standards, and doesn’t meet the needs of a large collection that includes an expanding variety of materials and… Read More »
QDR is available via the U-M Library’s licensed institutional membership.
“Digital archiving” might sound like something best left to trained professionals, but with so much of our lives online — photos, videos, financial records, audio recordings, creative projects — we’re all engaged in it these days, if only by neglect. To help people become more purposeful about the organization and preservation of their digital lives, Scott Witmer, digital preservation… Read More »
Academic library service portfolios are mostly a mix of big to small strategic initiatives and tactical projects. Some are well-defined development projects with a fixed timeline, while others are ongoing support and legacy systems needing IT resources in order to update and sustain them. The needs and aspirations of the service and programmatic areas of the library are… Read More »
The Digital Public Library of America displays over 36 million records. While a large share come from ‘Content Hubs’ like the Smithsonian or HathiTrust, there are still millions of records ingested from a wide range of smaller institutions across America. “The technologies we use to transform and validate XML records, like XSLT, are well-established and highly reliable, but software for… Read More »
In-copyright books in the U-M library collection are now fully searchable and readable online via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service. This service, which was turned on early this week for all authenticated U-M affiliates, makes fully 60% of the library’s physical book collection searchable and readable online on a temporary basis during the COVID-19 crisis. The HathiTrust website offers information about… Read More »
Beginning in 2013, the Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) has offered a Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians hybrid course for librarians that includes both online and in-person content delivery. What started as a pilot in Google Sites has since exploded into a highly popular program with a long waiting list that has trained over 270 librarians. A large… Read More »
The U-M Library has more than 300 separate digital collections that contain over one million items. A significant portion are available without restriction to anyone to discover and engage with. While there has long been a way that users can search across these text and image collections, or within a particular collection, until recently this was not available through the… Read More »
In a recent story published by Fortune, U-M School of Information’s Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor, was quoted on the topic of data literacy in society. She discussed the role of librarians and data scientists to educate society to better understand data.
Sprints offer U-M faculty, instructors, graduate students, and graduate fellows the opportunity to partner with a unique team of assembled U-M Library experts to get over a “hurdle” in their work. Up to four selected projects will receive a $200 award.
The U-M Library I.T. Division updated the Library Search site based on feedback from members of the campus community. The updates resolve bugs and improve performance and user experience.
Web accessibility is a key ingredient to successful product development that can make or break many peoples’ experience. The U-M Library Digital Accessibility Team (DAT) helps library teams “bake in” web accessibility from the beginning of their projects and helps coordinate accessibility work across the Library. The Library’s Digital Accessibility Team collaborates primarily with U-M Library partners to… Read More »