Confused about how Shared Shelf Commons fits in with the Artstor Digital Library and what we mean by the Artstor Workspace? We hear you! Let’s clear up the difference between Artstor the organization, your institution’s Artstor Workspace, the Artstor Digital Library, and Shared Shelf Commons.
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Jenny Barker Devine, Associate Professor of History at Illinois College and the author of On Behalf of the Family Farm, shares her thoughts on how the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research will impact her upcoming book. This essay first appeared on her blog American Athena.
With American Athena, I want to write a new kind of book – one that exists in a dynamic and living space, responsive to readers and as instructive in design as it is in content. This new kind of book acknowledges the reader as an active participant in producing new knowledge. A kind of crowdsourcing.
In addition to the blog and the book manuscript, I am creating online collections that will allow you, the reader, to interact with the same documents, photographs, and artifacts that I see (and hopefully offer your own interpretations of them). With any luck and lots of hard work, the first images will be available in spring 2016.
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but Illinois College’s digital infrastructure just didn’t support my end goal. Then, Danielle Trierweiler, IC’s Digital Services Librarian, approached me last spring with the idea to apply for the Council of Independent Colleges’ Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, which, in cooperation with Artstor, provides Consortium members with access to Shared Shelf, “a cloud-based asset management service.” This allows us to make key records of the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives available to a global audience and forces me, at an early stage, to curate important documents central to my research. As an author, I find this incredibly exciting.
Visit our Shared Shelf support site for step-by-step instructions. You’ll also find great external resources, including Omeka’s own support information and a helpful blog post by a digital humanities scholar with instructions for building your own locally hosted Omeka install.
Best of all, you’ll also find a list of awesome Omeka sites your colleagues have built using the Shared Shelf plugin, from campus history to faculty artwork and local architecture.
Earlier this summer we announced that with $2.2 million in support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Artstor and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) will support the digital documentation of collections held by 42 liberal arts colleges and universities. The Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, as the project is known, subsidizes the use of Shared Shelf, Artstor’s digital asset management service, to catalog the institutions’ collections and make them publicly accessible via the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
Though the project has barely started, the schools’ local newspapers are already expressing enthusiasm:
Errors, problems, bugs, glitches! We hate them too, which is why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you efficiently report any issues you encounter with Shared Shelf for a faster resolution.
1) Before you report an issue to email@example.com, check support.sharedshelf.org for a possible solution. If something isn’t documented and you think it should be, let us know!
It’s easy to ensure that your media collection is properly catalogued in Shared Shelf when publishing it on the Artstor Workspace, Shared Shelf Commons, DPLA, or other publishing targets.Using Shared Shelf’s admin tools, you can make it a requirement for any field to be cataloged before your media can be published, ensuring that a minimum cataloging standard is met. Check out our helpful step-by-step guide in the Shared Shelf support site.
Despite entreaties to the contrary, the debate about e-books vs. printed books doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Traditionalists frequently tout the sensual pleasures of paper (smell, which doesn’t have much to do with reading, comes up often), while readers of electronic devices usually point to convenience. There have even been studies about which format is better for comprehension and retention.
One thing that never comes up? Bookplates! Laugh if you want, but those small decorative labels with the book-owner’s name can be quite beautiful, and we haven’t yet seen an e-reader with one. Take a look at these examples from the University of Delaware’s William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection to see what they’re missing. (more…)