Earlier this year, we completed work on a massive renovation for our book viewer. The new viewer for books and other media uses scalable software and protocols, such as MongoDB and JSON, to deliver book information and book images efficiently. The new infrastructure also allows us to publish books more quickly, with less human intervention. We reduced our time-to-publish for Arabic Collections Online from 2 months for 200 books to about one week. This dramatic improvement has allowed us to scale our publication schedule from 200 books every other month to 400 books every month. As of this writing, ACO has almost 3,000 books, double the amount that we had earlier this year.
The site builds upon the base of our main open access books site, and was enhanced with funding from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning project, sponsors of the series.
One major goal for this project was to create an “interactive” platform for readers. We added tools to the OA books platform to make it easy to share out to social media, and, with funding from the Mellon Foundation for our Enhanced Networked Monographs project, we’ll provide additional features–annotation, rich searching via the books’ indexes, and more.
To get a deeper sense of the project goals, see this happy message from Julian Sefton-Green, one of the series editors, this blog post by Henry Jenkins, co-author of By Any Media Necessary; and another by Sonia Livingstone, co-author of The Class.
This successful collaboration involved the following individuals:
At NYU Press: Adam Bohannan, Dorothea Halliday, Charles Hames, Mary Beth Jarrad, Sara Johnson, Alicia Nadkarni, Miguel Sandoval, and Eric Zinner.
At DLTS: David Arjanik, Laura Henze, Flannon Jackson, Carol Kassel, Monica McCormick, Joseph Pawletko, and Rasan Rasch.
NYU Press has launched a Web site for Keywords for Environmental Studies, with the goal to create a new “state of the field” inventory and analysis of the central terms and debates currently structuring the most exciting research in and across environmental studies, including the environmental humanities, environmental social sciences, sustainability sciences, and the sciences of nature. This new site utilizes the framework that DLTS originally created for the Keywords series. We are happy to report that NYU Press created the new book without any assistance from us – the framework has proven to be entirely self-service. Read more about the new book.
The Tamiment Library and Labor Archives have made sheet music from the Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection available online. These songs are part of a collection that documents the Irish and Irish-American image in American popular culture during the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on ethnic perceptions and representations. Many of the covers are beautiful. The collection was fun to digitize, and DLTS is pleased to have played its part in making these items available.
We have published our first two image collections from NYUAD. More specifically, these collections are part of Akkasah, the Center for Photography. This group within NYUAD’s library is collecting significant photographic materials from the Arab world.
The images are digitized in Abu Dhabi with direction and guidance from DLTS. Then we provide quality control in New York and we publish the items using our standard workflow. The images are described in the Archivist’s Toolkit, for which NYUAD has its own instance, and are uploaded using our Finding Aids publisher.
These collections are available online as follows:
As usual, it takes a village to raise an image collection. Thanks go to Carol Kassel, Esha Datta, Joseph Pawletko, Melitte Buchman, and Sally Vermaaten.
DLTS is currently involved in a project to digitize a significant portion of Fales Library’s Sylvester Manor Archive, thanks to a grant from the Gardiner Foundation. Sylvester Manor is the home of the original European settlers on Shelter Island in eastern Long Island, New York, created in 1652 with the arrival of Nathaniel and Grissell Sylvester. The Sylvester Manor Archive contains documents dating from its European settlement to the late-20th century.
In addition to being an important collection to preserve and digitize, the collection has some beautiful material that’s fun to digitize. Above, you’ll see an example of one of the wonderful photographs.
DLTS has published 27 books from the IFA’s Friedlaender collection. These books include some interesting and fragile materials, which were lovingly imaged by DLTS some time ago. Once cataloging is complete, these books will be discoverable in Bobcat.
As always, it takes a village to raise a book. These individuals were involved in the process: Eric, Melitte, Esha, Kate, Joe, and Rasan.
A big infrastructure project that we’ve been working on for a long time has come to fruition: the publication and display of A/V materials through Finding Aids. Our first collection is now available: the Pride and Progress/The Right Stuff series of the Gay Cable Network Archives from Fales Library. Pride and Progress is described as “a half hour of news, community affairs, health reports, and sports documenting the pride and progress of gay men and women nationally.” The Right Stuff spotlights “gay talent, events, and happenings for and about the gay community.” Making these materials available online has been a multi-step process and has involved the following individuals: Melitte Buchman, Esha Datta, Laura Henze, Flannon Jackson, Carol Kassel, Alberto Ortiz Flores, Ekaterina Pechekhonova, Joseph Pawletko, Rasan Rasch, Eric Stedfeld, and Sally Vermaaten. Special thanks to curator Brent Phillips for his input and patience.
The books in the NYU Press’s Keywords series collect essays by authors across the humanities and social sciences, with each essay focusing on a single term and set of debates. Yesterday, they added a new book: Keywords for Children’s Literature. The study of children’s literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, Keywords for Children’s Literature presents essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. DLTS continues to provide hosting and technical support for this important series, though the NYU Press team has been quite self-sufficient.
Now that the new Ancient World Digital Library site is live, we are working to add new content as quickly as ISAW is delivering it to us. The latest effort along those lines is a series of books from the American Society of Papyrologists. Please read ISAW’s description of this important collection. We’ll be adding more books from this provider, along with other collections, on a regular basis.