Share.iit and the Day of Digital Archives

October 6, 2011 at 6:48 am | Posted in archives | Comments Off on Share.iit and the Day of Digital Archives

From Dana Lamparello, Metadata & Digitization Librarian:

Happy Day of Digital Archives! October 6 marks the first officially designated day to learn more about digital archives, digital archivists, and all of the inerestingt stuff associated with both. As you read this, over 30 archivists, librarians, scholars, and technologists from around the world are blogging or tweeting about their work with digital archives. The idea is that by collectively documenting their practices and aggregating their tweets and posts at http://dayofdigitalarchives.blogspot.com/, the digital archives community will in turn create a resource that helps answers questions like: What are digital archives? Who uses them? How are they created and managed? And why are they important? In happy celebration and participation, I’d like to describe some of the digital archives-related activities happening at the Galvin Library.

At the moment, our most substantial digital archives initiative centers on IIT’s institutional repository, share.iit—a resource that I (as Galvin’s Metadata & Digitization Librarian) manage. Share.iit is relatively new, so that may be why you haven’t heard much about it. If you’re unfamiliar with the institutional repository (IR) concept, IRs are generally used to collect, preserve, and publicly distribute the full range of academic and intellectual output of a university in digital form. For share.iit, this includes born-digital materials created by faculty, students, and staff alike; things like professional papers, posters, patents, pre-prints, and datasets are already in our repository and regularly accessed for research. Share.iit also houses some of the Galvin Library’s digitized archival collection materials, most recently including the Mies van der Rohe memorial service audio recording from October 29, 1969.

You may be wondering why IRs are necessary—or even more, what specific benefits share.iit can provide. For one, share.iit provides long-term preservation of all types of digital file formats and includes persistent links to your work (links that won’t break or disappear!). Depositing (or “ingesting” as it’s known in IR-speak) your work in share.iit also provides global awareness of IIT’s scholarship and research initiatives. Additionally, with the help of robust subject tagging, various browse options, and advanced search features, share.iit makes your work easy for others to retrieve; even basic Google searches will yield your work in share.iit as some of the first results. Perhaps most importantly, however, share.iit provides a single place via open access for sharing the results of IIT’s research and pedagogy.

Open Access is maybe another concept that warrants more explanation, particularly as it’s so inherently linked to our digital archives activities at Galvin. Generally, Open Access refers to the unrestricted access to scholarly research. The movement is a growing trend in scholarly publishing and communication that challenges the traditional cycle of publishing by making research literature freely available to all readers without unnecessary licensing restrictions. Open Access journals do not cost anything to read, though some of them do charge to publish. While not an open access journal, share.iit is considered a self-archiving open access repository where the IIT community is invited to freely deposit and share their research with the world without having to sign over any of their rights or pay to “publish.” Additionally, the Galvin Library does not have to pay a publisher to make the materials freely available to IIT users.

In addition to the Day of Digital Archives, October also hosts the annual Open Access Week, a similar type of event designed to raise open access awareness. And as 2011 marks the library’s first year participating in the Day of Digital Archives, we also will be hosting our first ever Open Access Week event. On Wednesday, October 26 we’ll be offering a brown bag lunch session on intellectual rights for authors. We expect this session will encourage lively discussion about open access, as well as help faculty and students to understand their rights as authors/copyright holders of their work. Moreover, we’ll be indirectly raising awareness to some of the library’s digital archives activities, namely through share.iit. Next year we’re hoping to expand our participation in both the Day of Digital Archives and Open Access Week by inviting IIT’s faculty and students to our computer lab for an “ingest event,” where we’ll provide snacks and walk attendees through the process of ingesting their work into share.iit. Personally, I look forward to reading more about what others are doing in celebration of the Day of Digital Archives, and if anyone else has thought of combining an event with Open Access Week.

I’d like to wish you all a very happy Day of Digital Archives. Please feel free to email me directly should you have any questions or comments (dlampare@iit.edu). Be sure to check the Day of Digital Archives blog to read more about what other digital archivists are doing/thinking today.

Join us for our Open Access Week event:

Know Your Intellectual Rights! Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
October 26, 2011 @ 12:50PM
Paul V. Galvin Library
Cherry Conference Room
Refreshments will be served

Chicago Artists Month Exhibit in Kemper Gallery

October 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Posted in art@iit | Comments Off on Chicago Artists Month Exhibit in Kemper Gallery

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From IIT Today:

October is Chicago Artists Month, a month-long celebration of the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community. Throughout the month, one can meet and discover the works of hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, and neighborhood art walks at venues throughout the city.

This year Illinois Institute of Technology is proud to host an exhibit for Chicago Artists Month, “Hidden Works” by Theodore Czebotar, in the Kemper Gallery in Galvin Library. The exhibit will be on display from October 1 – 31, from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Saturday, and from 12 – 5 pm on Sundays.

In the 1930s Theodore Czebotar (1915-1996) was a sensation in New York, promoted as the next great Midwest regionalist. In the 40s, he left the art world on principle to become a recluse, working from a hidden studio-home in the woods, neither selling nor exhibiting. Keeping in touch with the NY scene, he developed his advanced style exhibited here. Produced in his hidden studio and never shown in his lifetime, these works are based on sketches he made on trips to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.

The exhibit is organized by IIT Associate Professor of Humanities Jack Snapper, with works on loan from the Mathis Gallery in Racine Wisconsin.

Chicago Artists Month 2011, the sixteenth annual celebration of Chicagos vibrant visual art community, is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.

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