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- ItemActing Now to Enhance Performing Arts Emergency Preparedness: A White Paper(LYRASIS, 2017) Clareson, Thomas F.R.; Nyberg, SandraThe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation convened a group of experts from the arts and heritage communities on September 22, 2015, to consider strategies for strengthening emergency preparedness within the performing arts sector. In response to what was learned during that meeting about needs, resources, barriers and opportunities, LYRASIS, one of the participants in the convening, proposed a planning project to design a program to improve and increase emergency preparedness within the performing arts sector. This White Paper provides a summary of what was learned during the planning grant project. It is a snapshot of the state of emergency preparedness among performing arts organizations in the U.S. This snapshot forms the basis for recommendations to improve readiness that will be piloted through an implementation project during 2017-2019.
- ItemBuilding Libraries, Building Communities: A Summit on the Role of Public Libraries in Re-creating Community on the Gulf Coast(LYRASIS, 2007-01-17) Bingham, Elizabeth E.; Santiago, MaryEllin; Nyberg, SandraSOLINET, the State Library of Louisiana and the Mississippi Library Commission hosted a Summit in Baton Rouge, LA, November 28-30, 2006, designed to assist libraries in planning for rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The Summit is part of the Gulf Coast Libraries Project, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by SOLINET. The invitation-only Summit was for teams from the affected libraries in Louisiana and Mississippi. This report is a summary of that summit.
- ItemFindings from the Mellon Metadata Harvesting Initiative(LYRASIS, 2003) Hagedorn, Kat; Halbert, Martin; Kaczmarek, JoanneFindings 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).
- ItemKuali OLE at the University of Chicago Library(LYRASIS, 2014) McNamara, Frances; Miller, Stuart; Olson, ToddThis case study documents the processes at the University of Chicago Library (Library) that ultimately resulted in the decision to replace the Library’s proprietary systems – SirsiDynix’s Horizon, Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium Acquisitions and Serials Solution’s AquaBrowser – with the open source VuFind user interface and Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment).
- ItemMuseum Technology Landscape 2018: Discovery and Findings(LYRASIS, 2018) Arp, Laurie Gemmill; Forbes, MeganThis report summarizes a study of collections management systems and practices within the museum community conducted by LYRASIS with funding in part from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The study was comprised of surveys and individual interviews. This report has been adapted from the original report to remove proprietary, confidential and respondent-identifying information. Opinions expressed in the report are those of the authors and collaborators, and do not necessarily represent those of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The study covers information about the status of collections, collections management practices, digitization, software selection processes, technology support, and collections management strategy, specifically within the museum field.
- ItemNHPRC 'Small & Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project’ Summary Report(LYRASIS, 2020-06-30) Clareson, Thomas F.R.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 on both additional research opportunities and potential work to further support the small archives community.
- ItemNHPRC Final Performance Report(LYRASIS, 2020-06-29) Clareson, Thomas F.R.; Grinstead, Leigh A.This report is a list of all performance objectives achieved for the NHPRC 'Small and Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project' grant.
- ItemNHPRC Focus Group Report June 2020 Sessions(LYRASIS, 2020-06-29) Clareson, Thomas F.R.LYRASIS consultants on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Small and Diverse Archives project held four focus group sessions during June 2020, and heard from 38 focus participants about their concerns and interests in the work and operations of small archives.
- ItemNHPRC GRANT AWARD RQ-102995-19: ‘Small & Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Project’ Survey Report(LYRASIS, 2020-06-30) Clareson, Thomas F.R.; Grinstead, Leigh A.LYRASIS 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.
- ItemOpen Source Integrated Library System in a Rural American Library(LYRASIS, 2014) Brice, John; Ames, Cindy MurdockThe following narrative describes the Meadville Public Library’s now 13-year odyssey of discovering, selecting and using the OSS Koha ILS. Our story can be used to help other libraries discover where the pitfalls lie, hopefully making future libraries’ adoption of OSS easier. The following case study is written with the intent to illuminate, educate and inspire others to consider installing OSS in their library.
- ItemA Report on the Return of Gulf Coast Libraries in Mississippi and Louisiana for the Gulf Coast Libraries Project(LYRASIS, 2011-05) Burger, Alan; Burger, LeslieIn 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 on the part of the state libraries in Louisiana and Mississippi and LYRASIS had led to the formation of an advisory committee composed of local library leaders, individuals with experience in library disaster recovery, and others to determine what would be needed to restore public library service along the Gulf Coast. The group contacted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a request for funding to help save and restore 21 of the libraries that had been seriously destroyed during the storm. Shortly after the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans in June 2006 the Gates Foundation announced that they would provide $12.2 million to support the rebuilding effort. This gift launched the Gulf Coast Libraries Project.
- ItemThe State of Libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities(LYRASIS (formerly SOLINET), 2005-09) Idleman, Lynda; Nyberg, SandraHow do the levels of support for and services from HBCU libraries compare to those at other academic institutions? To develop a baseline comparison, the HBCU Library Alliance and the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) undertook an assessment of the state of libraries at HBCUs using data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through its biennial Academic Libraries Survey (ALS). Funded by the Training and Technical Assistance Program of the Library Statistics Program at the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and SOLINET, the assessment project is part of a broader initiative at the HBCU Library Alliance to strengthen HBCU libraries by integrating them into campus programs for teaching and learning. The information in this report can help HBCU libraries, individually and as a group, identify needs and priorities for strengthening library services and campus educational programs. It also provides documentation that can be used to examine and potentially influence public policy issues. In addition to this report, each of the HBCU libraries in the data set received a set of individualized tables comparing the statistics from its own survey response to the responses of peer groups.
- ItemThe State of Libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities(LYRASIS, 2011-04) Askew, Consuella; Phoenix, SandraThis report examines a total of 193 academic libraries, 94 historically black college and university libraries (HBCUs), and 99 non-HBCUs, using data collected through the 2008 Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The ALS data set also integrates data from the Integrated postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) pertaining to institutional characteristics. In this report, the following areas of library services and operations are reviewed: outlets and staff, expenditures, collections, technology, and library services and information literacy.
- ItemA summary and analysis of the cognitive walkthrough, usability study, and user survey performed on americansouth.org(LYRASIS, 2004)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.”
- ItemToward a Cloud Collection: Designing a National Framework to Manage Monographs(LYRASIS, 2011-04-01) Cherubini, TimothyLibraries already are collaboratively managing journals, newspapers, and government documents but have not yet focused on print monograph collections, which present complex challenges. A collaborative model for managing monographs would safeguard unique materials, permit better use of space in libraries, and advance current library practices in other ways. LYRASIS and its partners, the Center for Research Libraries, the California Digital Library, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation will define the characteristics of a national, collaborative model for managing print monographs and identify issues that need testing or research. Organizations from throughout the U.S. will be invited to assist in formulation of the collaborative framework.
- ItemWhen the Open Source System is the Best System(LYRASIS, 2014) Drake, Kelly; Geller, Marilyn; Wentz, Erin; Choy, LouisaThis 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 also learned a great deal about evaluating, implementing and supporting open source software and about participating in open source communities.