DLSS has released the source code for two of its library infrastructure projects:
Digital Library Blog
If you haven’t checked out the new Library Website recently, you should definitely visit and have a look around. The new site will become the Stanford Libraries default homepage in early September, in time for the start of Fall Quarter 2012.
The Online Experience Group has been steadily adding content to the site, with additional content added every week.
We're ready to start training for creating content on the new website!
You are invited to sign up for the first round of training on Tuesday, June 26; Wednesday, June 27; Monday, July 9; or Tuesday, July 10 all at 1:30 pm. You can sign up through Coursework for one of these hands-on sessions at: https://coursework.stanford.edu/portal/site/LibraryWebsiteTraining. Once you've joined the site, click on the sign up link in the lefthand menu. This training is especially IMPORTANT for all subject specialists.
This initial training will last 60-90 minutes, and will cover two main topics:
An overview of the Content Creation Guide for the new library site
Hands-on creation of a "people" page.
And of course, we'll leave plenty of time for Q&A as well!
In May, approximately 1,400 images representing eighteen mostly 15th and 16h century books were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These items are part of Special Collections' goal to digitize and make more accessible materials considered "Beautiful Books". John Mustain is the collection contact for the materials listed below.
All of these books were previously discoverable via SearchWorks but required a visit to Special Collections to view these non-circulating materials. Access to digitized images of these books is now available via the item’s PURL (a persistent URL which ensure that these materials are available from a single URL over the long-term, regardless of changes in file location or application technology).
The latest version of the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources Quality Assurance Image Defects page is now “live” and made freely available to the cultural heritage and library communities.
This is a long-awaited tool that serves a range of production, development, and training needs. It includes sample images of common (and uncommon) defects, causes/sources, and potential remedies.
The Web Redesign Team is working hard on the new website, especially the content creation environment and tools. We hope you are working on your web content, too--developing, editing, and refining the content you plan to publish on the new website’s subject guides, branch pages, and project pages.
We recommended some guidelines for Writing for the Web earlier to help you evaluate the clarity of your content’s message. But what about images, videos, or attached documents on your pages? Here are some guidelines to consider as you look at your content.
Guidelines for uploading documents to the library web environment
When moving content to the new website, you will need to follow the same guidelines established for capturing and sharing Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs):
“In general, capturing and redistributing digital material is understood to be an act of distribution, which is an exclusive right of the copyright owner. Therefore, SULAIR must seek permission from the rights holder, unless the work is in the public domain or explicitly licensed for redistribution."
When in doubt, link to documents instead of uploading them.
In April, approximately 41,000 images representing just over 1,300 items across several collections were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).
- R. Stuart Hummel collection: ~1,000 items (~ 35,000 images)
- Stanford Medieval Manuscripts: 280 manuscripts (560 images)
- Bibliothèque nationale du France: 3 manuscripts ( ~ 1,300 images)
- Reid Dennis California Lithographs: 47 lithographs (47 images)
- Archives Parlementaires: 2 books (1,600 images)
- Special Collections Requests: 19 items (~2,800 images)
While many of these objects are already discoverable via SearchWorks others will get SearchWorks records in the coming months. However, all materials are currently available via the item’s PURL (a persistent URL which ensure that these materials are available from a single URL over the long-term, regardless of changes in file location or application technology).
The International Image Interoperability Framework (http://lib.stanford.edu/iiif) is an initiative driven by several major research and national libraries to enable the rich and robust delivery of digital images through common interfaces, and to spur the development of open source and commercial software solutions in this space.
The IIIF Working Group invites comment and feedback on a proposed API for the the delivery of images via a standard http request. The full specification can be found at:
The IIIF Image API specifies a web service that returns an image in response to a standard http or https request. The URL can specify the region, size, rotation, quality characteristics and format of the requested image. A URL can also be constructed to request basic technical information about the image to support client applications.