Searching for Sustainability
Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections
Published November 20, 2013
Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, with preface by Deanna Marcum
This report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time. Through a cooperative agreement as part of the National Leadership Grants Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in partnership with Ithaka S+R, to undertake in-depth case studies of institutions that have worked to build the audience, infrastructure, and funding models necessary to maintain and grow their digital collections.
The eight collections profiled provide useful models and examples of good practice for project leaders to consider when digitizing their own materials. We hope that these case studies will encourage greater discussion among individuals in the academic library and cultural heritage communities about the reasons why they invest so much time and energy in the creation and ongoing management of their digitized special collections, the goals they set for them, and the planning needed to realize those aims. These questions become even more pressing in an environment where the traditional sources of funding for digitization are beginning to wane. In the coming years, the ability to identify secure sources of support and to demonstrate impact over time will undoubtedly become increasingly important.
- American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
- Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Smithsonian Libraries
- Florida Folklife Collection, Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Service
- Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO), University of California at Santa Cruz
- Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH), Cornell University
- Maine Memory Network (MMN), Maine Historical Society
- Quakers and Slavery, Haverford College
- Vanderbilt Television News Archives (VTNA), Vanderbilt University
- Edward Galloway, Head, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh
- Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries
- Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University
- Kim Sajet, President and CEO, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (now Director, National Portrait Gallery)
- Victoria Steele, Director of Collections Strategy, New York Public Library
- Beth Yakel, Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
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Testing MOOCs and Other Online Learning Platforms on Campuses of the University System of Maryland
Published October 28, 2013
Online technologies show promise for educating more people in innovative ways that can lower costs for universities and colleges, but how can higher education leaders move forward, confident in their choices about how best to integrate these technologies on their campuses? With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ithaka S+R is working to help provide the answer.
Since November 2012, Ithaka S+R has been working with the University System of Maryland (USM) to test a variety of online learning technologies, assess student learning outcomes, and document lessons learned from these implementations. The USM is serving as a test bed for employing MOOCs from Coursera, the Open Learning Initiative from Carnegie Mellon, and Pearson in a variety of subject areas on different campuses. Ithaka S+R is carefully assessing how students fare in hybrid courses using these technologies, and documenting obstacles encountered and overcome throughout the tests. Ithaka S+R is also evaluating changes to institutional costs made possible by employing these online learning technologies.
Working together, the project team aims to accelerate the productive deployment of these new learning technologies across higher education institutions by providing evidence from implementation at a system that is a microcosm of US Higher Education. We hope to answer some of the difficult questions facing higher education leaders everywhere, including: What pedagogical and technological choices must be made to incorporate online learning technologies into the education they provide to students? How can leaders effectively take steps to overcome organizational and cultural resistance to change? Can education be made more affordable, particularly at public universities, while achieving the same or better learning outcomes?
The team also hopes to inform the future development of MOOCs so that their courses and platforms help public institutions to reduce costs of undergraduate education, expand capacity, and potentially improve learning outcomes for some types of courses.
*This report has been updated from its original post date, November 8, 2012. An interim report published in October 2013 is freely available now, as is a briefing paper entitled "MOOCs in theClassroom ?". The final report will be released in Spring 2014.
As part of an ongoing grant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ithaka S+R published an interim report on “A Collaborative Effort to Test MOOCs and Other Online Learning Platforms on Campuses of the University System of Maryland.”
“Publarians and Lublishers: Role Bending in the New Scholarly Communications Ecosystem”
Nancy Maron, Ithaka S+R Program Director for Sustainability and Scholarly Communications, joins a panel discussion at the Charleston Conference that will look at the merging roles of publishers and librarians.
Rebecca Griffiths at the American Mathematical Society Committee on Education Meeting.
“Clicks and Mortar? Online Learning in the Context of Traditional Universities and Colleges”
Rebecca Griffiths, Ithaka S+R Program Director for Online Learning, will address the American Mathematical Society’s Committee on Education.
Nancy Fried Foster at the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Annual Meeting
“Changing Libraries by Design”
Nancy Fried Foster delivers keynote address at the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Annual Meeting.
Nancy Fried Foster, Ithaka S+R’s Senior Anthropologist, will talk about a collaborative approach to library design with an emphasis on acting on the information that is gathered in participatory design processes.
Go to ALAO for more information.