TDL Update: November/December 2016
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Volume 7, Issue 6 | November/December 2016
In this issue:
Sam Houston State University Libraries
Sam Houston State University Digital Resources Department

By Susan Elkins, Digital Resources Librarian, SHSU

Sam Houston State University's Newton Gresham Library is focused on serving its students and faculty patrons through one-to-one outreach, and electronic services. In particular, the Digital Resources department provides access to SHSU's growing online collections and scholarly communications resources. This team environment is researching and incorporating new services in conjunction with collection development cultivation. This is a time of growth and change and we are excited about the future at the Newton Gresham Library.

The highlight of this Fall 2016 semester is the creation of the DSpace repository called Scholarly Works @SHSU. This new repository serves as a place to archive and showcase faculty research and campus events. Because of its newness, our efforts are focused on outreaching to faculty and developing local interest in this new research tool. In a coordinated effort, Erin Cassidy, our Scholarly Communications Librarian, and I are planning a series of speaking engagements within the various college departments on campus. Our hope is to spark interest in this new repository and build new collections from that interest.
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Each issue of the TDL Update Newsletter features a TDL Member Profile, highlighting the innovative and important work conducted by librarians at our member institutions. This is also a way for us to keep updated on new projects and get to know individual members in the TDL Community. 

If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to be featured in an upcoming TDL Member Profile, please contact us.

November/December 2016 Member Profile: Le Yang

Le Yang
Le Yang, Texas Tech University
Digital Initiatives Librarian, Texas Tech University

  • M.L.I.S.: Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, University of Rhode Island
  • M.A.: Department of Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island
  • B.E.: Department of International Economics & Trade, South China University of Technology
Professional Experience
  • June 2012 - present: Assistant Librarian, Digital Initiatives and Metadata, Texas Tech University
Featured Publication
Yang, L. (2016). Making Search Engines Notice: An Exploratory Study on Discoverability of DSpace Metadata and PDF Files. Journal of Web Librarianship, 10(3), 147 - 160. [DOI: 10.1080/19322909.2016.1172539]

Involvement with TDL
  • 2017 TCDL Conference Committee, Member, 2016 - 2017
  • DSpace 5 Working Group, Member, 2015
  • Author & Presenter. (2016). Streaming Audio & Video Experience (SAVE): A Solution to Publish Music-related ETDs. Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, Austin, TX.
  • Author & Presenter. (2013). Perspectives on Preservation Strategies for Digital Content: Lessons Learned. Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, Austin, TX.
Question and Answer with Le

1. Why did you choose to work in libraries?

Library and information service is experiencing a rapid revolution shaped by digital technologies, that demands newer librarians to not only master knowledge of library science, but also have a diverse discipline background, as well as the skills and adaptability of technologies. There are many undiscovered patron needs and information seeking behaviors that need to be addressed by information service in the age of digital technology, that leads to the unavoidable integration of traditional information service with innovative development. I see the great potentials of library and information service development, and I value the roles of librarians playing as an educator and a researcher for information dissemination and knowledge distribution. That's the reason I choose to work in libraries. 

2. What projects or initiatives are you most excited about at your library?
There are many exciting and innovative projects going on at Texas Tech University Libraries. Some of these technologies and services that are developed or under developing feature cutting-edge solutions and make significant contributions to information dissemination, knowledge distribution, and research collaboration. Projects of technology and service development include Occam's Reader an interlibrary loan platform for e-book lending, SAVE authenticated streaming system for ETD recitals and faculty recitals as well as other multimedia recordings, Book Raider a mobile app for searching book availability, OBILLSK a real-time shipment tracking system for ILL couriers, ALIEN the first library machine learning decision network, SHAPES a database for sharing 3D objects and modeling, InSight a digital solution to remote rare book research, Immersive VR service for anatomy classes, etc.

3. What is your most memorable TDL experience?
I attended and presented at two TCDL and learned a lot from colleagues of other institutional members. I feel like TDL is like a big family for academic libraries in Texas and the TCDL is like an annual family reunion, where I so much enjoyed interacting with all kinds of educators from Texas as well as from other states. The casual gatherings are a memorable experience to me because I was able to eventually get together with many colleagues who I had previously communicated a lot through emails but never met in person. 
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2017 TCDL
2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries
  • TCDL Conference Dates: May 23rd - 25th
  • Commons Learning Center, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Austin, Texas
  • Keynote Speaker: Mike Casey, Director of Media Preservation Services, Indiana University
  • Call for Proposals: Now through February 3, 2017!
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Seeking nominations for the 2017 TDL Awards
  • Nominations due January 31, 2017.
  • NEW Graduate Student Excellence Award
  • Award recipients will receive one complimetary registration per group/awardee for the 2017 TCDL
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Tell us about your digital collections!

If you work with archives, special collections, or digital repositories at your Texas-based institution, we invite you to tell us about your collections through a survey questionnaire. The survey will ask you about the types of collections you maintain, as well as metadata standards and technology platforms used to support your digital collections. The survey will remain open through Tuesday, December 20. 
Texas Data Repository
Texas Data Repository

The TDL-hosted Texas Data Repository is a platform for publishing and archiving datasets (and other data products) created by faculty, staff, and students at Texas higher education institutions. If your TDL member institution is interested in getting started with the TDR, contact us:

Recent Webinar:
South Central States Fedora Users Group Meeting
South Central States Fedora Users Group Meeting

The South Central States Fedora Users Group welcomes anyone in the region both currently using Fedora and considering use of Fedora for management of digital assets as a repository or archive. This meeting is for all ranges of technical skill level. This is a free event, and registration is required. 
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TDL Community Google Group

The TDL Community Google Group launched in December 2015 and provides an open forum for member discussions, questions, announcements, upcoming projects, and news to foster collaboration with colleagues throughout the state. Visit the TDL Community Google Group page to sign up and join the conversation!

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TDL Forum
Next TDL Forum

The next TDL Forum will include updates on current TDL projects and upcoming events.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
2016 ALA Annual Conference
American Library Association Midwinter

The American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Conference dates: January 20-24, 2017
  • Registration is now open
ACRL 2017
ACRL 2017 Conference

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 
  • Conference dates: March 22 - 25, 2017
  • Early bird registration through January 27 (2017)
ER&L 2017 Conference

The 12th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) Annual Conference will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. 
  • Conference dates: April 2 - 5, 2017
  • Early bird registration open through December 31, 2016
ARSC Annual Conference

The 51st Annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Conference will be held at the Menger Hotel on Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, Texas. 
  • Conference dates: May 10 - 13, 2017
  • Call for proposals through January 2, 2017
  • Registration will open soon
Texas Conference on Digital Libraries
Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

The 11th Annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held at the Commons Learning Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas. 
CTLC 2017 Conference
CTLC 2017 Conference

The 5th Annual Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Conference will be co-hosted by the Texas Woman's University (TWU) Libraries and the Denton Public Library in Denton, Texas. 
  • Conference date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Digital Frontiers 2017 Conference
Digital Frontiers 2017 Conference

The 6th annual Digital Frontiers Conference is coming home to the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. The call for proposals and more information will be available in January 2017.
  • Conference date: September 2017
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