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A summary and analysis of the cognitive walkthrough, usability study, and user survey performed on americansouth.org

In accordance with the grant proposal submitted to and approved by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project staff at AmericanSouth.org is to “coordinate specific evaluations of AmericanSouth.org from the perspectives of … scholars and other users.” The types of testing to be conducted were specified as including “evaluation and usability studies.”

Data-Intensive Tools for Modeling and Visualizing Mass Reading The ‘Reading Chicago Reading’ Project

John Shanahan, Robin Burke & Ana Lucic
$24,352 to support development of new models of data for civic reading initiatives across book content, social media, city demographics, and other factors, with an interactive dashboard and visualizations to provide insights for academic and public librarians and the general public. More information about the project can be found at: https://dh.depaul.press/reading-chicago/.

Video and Online Instructional Modules to Empower Libraries to Lead Participatory Archiving Events

Carolyn M. Goldstein
$25,816 to develop an informational video and a set of instructional materials that will empower libraries of all kinds to partner effectively with community groups to organize day-long digitizing events to collect photographs, stories, memories, and other community-based cultural heritage materials documenting our nation’s collective history. ​

Quantitative Institute for Libraries

Cathryn Miller, Marcia Rapchak & Sara Baron
$16,310 to develop a curriculum and provide an institute to prepare librarians and library staff for the quantitative research required to show their value, assess library services and student learning, and better serve their communities.

Mapping the Historic West End: The Digital History of an African American Neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina

Brandon Lunsford
$25,000 to he James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. SMith University to create a web and mobile app framework for publishing location-based content including historical photographs, documents, and oral histories that will populate a digital interactive map. The map will document the Historic West End, a vibrant 150-year old African American community that surrounds the university on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently faced with rising gentrification and social...

LYRASIS 2020 Open Content Survey Report: Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries

Jill E. Grogg & Hannah Rosen
Cultural heritage organizations have long struggled to ensure their users cost-effective, widespread information access. This situation presents challenges and opportunities, both of which have evolved over time. The open content movement has expanded that challenge to supporting and advocating for content free of barriers and paywalls. Open content touches many areas of librarianship, but it is often difficult to understand how libraries approach this movement through internal activities and external financial support. The LYRASIS open...

GaNCH: Using Linked Open Data for Georgia’s Natural, Cultural and Historic Organizations’ Disaster Response

$16,190. This project will create a publicly editable directory of Georgia’s Natural, Cultural and Historical Organizations (NCHs), allowing for quick retrieval of location and contact information for disaster response. Directory information will be uploaded to Wikidata, the linked open data database from the Wikimedia Foundation. Directory information will be delivered via a website, allowing emergency responders to quickly search for NCHs in disaster areas.

My Upload: Engaging Library Users in Digital Collections

Angela O'Neal & Aaron O'Donovan
$25,200. My Upload aims to make it easy for library users to contribute to digital collections through an online, open-source upload tool that corresponds to a metadata template for simple ingestion into any digital collection database. Columbus Metropolitan Library will document the process in a white paper, release the software under an open-source license, and publish it on GitHub.

NHPRC GRANT AWARD RQ-102995-19: ‘Small & Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project’ Survey Report

Thomas F.R. Clareson & Leigh A. Grinstead
YRASIS received a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Records Cooperative Agreement beginning on October 1, 2019, for a “Small and Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project.” The goal of the project was to assess small and diverse archival organizations and repositories to outline the barriers to their long-term sustainability, growth, and public access. Project activities included a detailed survey of small archives and follow-up focus groups to explore results.

From Information Literate to Information Fluent

Alan Bearman
$26,548 to the Washburn University Libraries to create open source information literacy modules for use by area middle and high school students.... Access to free online information literacy modules and an accompanying curriculum would create equity in education and improve critical thinking skills for students at 20 schools in the Northeast Kansas target area. This project provides a model replicable on a national scale and open access resources created for the project will be adaptable...

Handwriting Text Recognition (HTR) Project

Gregory Colati, Joseph Johnson, Michael Kemezis & Sara Sikes
$24,277. To develop a foundation for a large-scale, open source software for handwriting recognition for historical documents.

2005 SOLINET Educational Services Survey

In 2005 SOLINET conducted a survey to collect information from members about their needs and interests in regard to continuing education and professional development. SOLINET asked about preferences for course topics, class delivery methods, and communications, and wanted to know what factors are important to you when making a decision to register (or not) for a course. The survey was designed to learn more about user evaluations of SOLINET’s Educational Services.

A Report on the Return of Gulf Coast Libraries in Mississippi and Louisiana for the Gulf Coast Libraries Project

Alan Burger & Leslie Burger
In 2005, over 21 public libraries along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Mississippi were destroyed, seriously damaged and unable to open in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Library leaders in both states quickly realized that libraries had a key role to play in the storm recovery effort and that the resources required to reopen and rebuild all of the destroyed facilities were beyond their local and state capacity. By January 2006, efforts...

NHPRC 'Small & Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project’ Summary Report

Thomas F.R. Clareson
In Summer 2019, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) selected LYRASIS Consulants Tom Clareson and Leigh Grinstead to manage a research project to assess the needs of small and diverse archival repositories. The LYRASIS approach to the needs assessment was to work with the archival community on both an online survey project and a series of virtual focus groups. The report below provides information on both of those project components, and provides recommendations...

Digital Collecting in Times of Crisis: 2018 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund recipient report

Jeremy Boggs, Kara McClurken & Elizabeth Mitchell
$28,800 to enable cultural institutions and communities of all sizes to be prepared for and able to implement digital collecting strategies during and after rapidly evolving social events and community crises by creating templates and documentation to quickly set up an open source tool to collect and provide access to digital materials including photos, videos and social media.

America Contacts Congress: Providing Access to U.S. Congressional Correspondence Data

Danielle Emerling
$27,000 to complete a feasibility study that will assess and plan for the future collaborative technical infrastructure for an open-source congressional correspondence data access tool, to improve how libraries process and provide access to large data sets with sensitive information and how scholars and the public use data related to Americans’ civic engagement.

LYRASIS 2019 Accessibility Survey Report: Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials

Hannah Rosen & Jill E. Grogg
Accommodating users with disabilities is not a new endeavor for libraries. However, the evolving landscape of content digitization and the shifting nature of the scholarly communication eco-system presents new challenges for libraries attempting to adhere to institutional policies and meet legal requirements regarding online accessibility for those users. The LYRASIS accessibility survey was conducted in early 2019 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States are handling accessibility for...

LYRASIS 2020 DEI Survey Report: Understanding the Scope of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Activities in United States Libraries

Hannah Rosen & Jill E. Grogg
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an aggregate concern presents both opportunities and challenges for cultural heritage organizations. In an effort to gauge current policies and practices regarding DEI, LYRASIS surveyed its membership of more than 1,000 galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) institutions about their activities in three distinct areas: policy and infrastructure; recruiting, training, and retaining a diverse staff; and maintaining/building diverse collections.​The core output of this survey is the 2020 LYRASIS DEI...

Findings from the Mellon Metadata Harvesting Initiative

Kat Hagedorn, Martin Halbert & Joanne Kaczmarek
Findings are reported from four projects initiated through funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2001 to explore applications of metadata harvesting using the OAI-PMH. Metadata inconsistencies among providers have been encountered and strategies for normalization have been studied. Additional findings concerning harvesting are format conflicts, harvesting problems, provider system development, and questions regarding the entire cycle of metadata production, dissemination, and use (termed metadata gardening, rather than harvesting).

AI for Archives: Using Facial Recognition to Enhance Metadata

Rebekka Baker, Kelley Rowan, Liting Hu, Boyuan Guan, Zhongzhou Li, Ruizhe He & Christine Monge
$25,000. The goal of this research project is to determine the most effective facial recognition application for use with digitized archive images from cultural heritage institutions and provide opportunities for future development. Florida International University computer scientists and librarians will conduct qualitative assessments of facial recognition application models. This project addresses the issue of incomplete metadata within digital repositories and decreases the time involved in locating and matching images of people.

Digital Content Acquisition Survey Report

Hannah Rosen
In the fall of 2021, the LYRASIS Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives (CSCI) team conducted a survey of academic-leaning institutions that acquire digital content through LYRASIS in order to better understand national content acquisition trends. This report examines the findings from that survey.

The Alternatives Pilot Project: A LYRASIS Catalyst Fund Research Report

Leigh A. Grinstead
In 2020, Yeshiva University submitted an idea application to the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. It outlined a community need to address humanities textbook costs by leveraging library resources. Over 2020 and 2021, LYRASIS and Yeshiva University piloted a program to harness academic librarians’ expertise with humanities information resources. They reviewed syllabi and re-designed them using open-source documents and resources (“AlterTexts”). These AlterTexts were already available to students through library full-text subscriptions (periodical literature, electronic reference sources,...

Toolkit to assess OCR’ed historical text in the era of big data

Brian McBride, Harish Maringanti & Bohan Zhu
While cultural heritage institutions have been using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to extract full text from scanned page images, the quality of extracted text is low for historical texts. In this era of big data, such historical texts will be left behind, both in search rankings and their use through computational tools. This Catalyst Funded project developed a set of guidelines, and tools to assist organizations in improving their existing OCRed collections, this white paper...

Conversational Artificial Intelligence: Bringing the Library to Your Living Room

$34,600. King County Library System will explore community demand for and research the feasibility of implementing a library application to interface with common conversational artificial intelligence systems (e.g., Alexa, Siri, Cortana, etc.), with the goal of empowering the public to benefit from library resources anytime, anywhere.

When the Open Source System is the Best System

Kelly Drake, Marilyn Geller, Erin Wentz & Louisa Choy
This case study follows a three-year odyssey into the world of electronic resource management (ERM) and open source systems (OSS). Led by the Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) office, the Electronic Resource Management Task Force, and eventually the FLO CORAL Development Committee (FCDC), members of the FLO community participated in system trials, product evaluation, implementation and enhancements, all in the pursuit of bringing order to the chaos that is electronic resource management. Along the way, we...

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