Not-so-random stats for February 2014
- Materials cataloged/awaiting cataloging: 6,213/762
- Catalog records revised: 3,135
- Page images digitized: 4,682
- Still images digitized: 888
- Library catalog visitors/page views: 12,387/61,273
- Library catalog searches: 25,794
- Digital collection visitors/page views: 3,101/8,830
Centennial Exhibit: The first pass metadata has been completed for most materials, although more materials were uncovered during a “last call” at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. Nearly the whole department has been pitching in to the metadata push, and everyone is doing great work. During the visit to the Virginia Historical Society, Crista LaPrade and Angie White discovered some more materials, including several portraits of the first Westhampton College graduates – we’ve licensed their use for this project. Work on the Westhampton Class of 1915 flipbook is proceeding on schedule, and the final sources for student hometowns were tracked down. (See Angie’s recent post about the Westhampton College scrapbook for more information on that item.) In March, we’ll put the finishing touches on our test system, which will include the flipbook and hometown map interactive features, all of the digital objects, and a customized Omeka theme.
UR Scholarship: Following a productive January during which 61 theses were loaded into the repository and 24 more theses were digitized, February resulted in 62 uploads and 41 additional digitized works. Crista has been working with our great student employees to get this work accomplished, and more will be done in March – perhaps despite spring break. The Master’s Theses Collection continues to be the second most used collection in the repository (right behind Law Faculty Publications), with 1,663 document downloads in January.
Tokyo Trial: Sixty documents were uploaded to the Legal Tools Database during February – these included the various Judgments of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and Proceedings in Chambers. Some technical difficulties prevented us from uploading the Summations and court papers, but we’ll continue that work in March. We also got back into working on the TEI Annotator, an application we’ve been developing with the assistance of some fantastic contractors. The TEI Annotator will play a substantial role in our development of a set of semantic services that will enrich and allow annotation/enhancement of text documents encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative‘s XML schema. More on this project will be coming soon.
Collegian: As our first foray into the wonderful world of crowdsourcing, we’ve worked with our vendor to incorporate a feature called User Text Correction into the Collegian collection. This enables registered users to correct some of the really poor OCR that often results from microfilm imaging. (Our collection includes microfilm images and OCR in all issues between November, 1914 and April, 2006.) User-corrected text is reindexed immediately, making all of the corrections discoverable immediately. Instant gratification. All you need to do is go to the Collegian site, register via the link in the top right hand corner, access an article and start correcting away. Please give it a try and let us know what you think.
There is much more going on than is recorded here – this post indicates progress on a very small slice of our responsibilities. We have ongoing work involving faculty and student projects, digitization for external partnerships, projects for other library departments, as well as the tasks and maintenance that comprise our everyday work. The variety of things being done is a bit astounding to me at times, and I’m glad that we’ve assembled a capable, collaborative team that helps our organization meet its goals.