TDL Update: March/April 2017
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Volume 8, Issue 2 | March/April 2017

In this issue:

Map Scanning at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Originally published March 7, 2017 on the Spacial {Query} Lab blog. 

One of the most historically significant collections of surveying maps and records in the state of Texas will soon be available online thanks to grants from the Ed Rachal Foundation and a partnership between the Mary and Jeff Bell Library Special Collections and Archives Department, Spatial {Query} Lab, and the Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) for Surveying and Science, all at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (TAMUCC).

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library's Special Collections and Archives Department is the repository for nine collections of surveying records, headlined by the Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection and the William S. (Bill) and Patricia Green Surveying Records. Maria and Felix A. von Blucher were pioneers in Corpus Christi, Texas. Three generations of the Blucher family worked as surveyors in the area and were followed in that role by protege William Green. These two collections essentially represent four generations of surveying history of South Texas. The collections contain thousands of maps and survey documents of ranches, coastal lands, counties, town sites, residential subdivisions, and other south Texas features, and constitute an unmatched resource for the study of how South Texas has changed over the past 200 years. 

The records in the Blucher and Green collections are currently being scanned, cataloged, transcribed, and georectified by our {Map Scanning} Team. Our goal is to provide online public access to all nine map collections through the TAMUCC repository hosted by the Texas Digital Library.
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Each issue of the TDL Update Newsletter features a TDL Member Profile, highlighting the innovative 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.
March/April 2017 Member Profile

Sean Buckner, Digital Preservation Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
  • 2012 Master of Science in Information, University of Michigan
  • 2010 Master of Arts, Linguistics (Applied), University of Utah
  • 1999 Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, Brigham Young University
Professional Experience
  • December 2014 - present: Digital Preservation Librarian (Clinical Assistant Professor), Texas A&M University Libraries
  • January 2013 - December 2014: Digital Preservation System Coordinator, Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • September 2011 - December 2012: User Information Services Assistant, Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan
Featured Presentation
  • Neatrour, A., Brunsvik, M., Buckner, S., McBride, B., & Myntti, J. (2014). The SIMP Tool: Facilitating Digital Library, Metadata, and Preservation Workflow at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. D-Lib Magazine, 20(7/8). [DOI: 10.1045/july2014-neatrour]
Involvement with TDL
  • 2015 - 2016: TDL Dataverse Implementation Working Group
    • Policy and Governance Subgroup
  • 2016 - present: Texas Archivematica Users Group Steering Committee
Question and Answer with Sean

1. Why did you choose to work in libraries? 
I love the university environment and the mission and work of academic libraries. Likewise, I have always appreciated the importance of accurately gathering, organizing, and saving information. Before working in academic libraries, I worked (and continue to work) in the military intelligence branch of the Army. My experiences and efforts in that field, combined with my love of academia, all blended together in a way that got me interested in actually starting a second career of sorts in academic libraries. The transition of my focus from military to library/archive information seemed relatively easy, the major difference simply being the content with which I work. Additionally, my wife, who is also a veteran, has worked in libraries longer than I have and her professionalism and passion for librarianship have served as an excellent example for me to follow. 

2. What projects or initiatives are you most excited about at your library? 
As the digital preservation librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries, it is my responsibility to develop a digital preservation program. A major component of that program revolves around our digital preservation systems. I am excited that we are finalizing the implementation of multiple Archivematica instances synced to Amazon Web Services and the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) via DuraCloud@TDL. In conjunction with those systems, we are also working on a metadata/content packaging tool to help further automate our digital workflows. 

3. What is your most memorable TDL experience? 
Attending one's first TCDL - Texas Conference on Digital Libraries - of course is a memorable experience, but I will say that my participation on the Dataverse Implementation Working Group as a member of the Policy and Governance subgroup is my most memorable experience. It was a privilege to work with so many capable and accomplished individuals, and to see the group research, document, and establish the Texas Data Repository (TDR) was both satisfying and significant. It's rewarding to view online the portions of the policy that I personally wrote. I'm grateful that I was allowed to participate and play an active role in that project.
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Welcoming Clark Kim to the TDL

We are pleased to announce that Clark Kim joined the Texas Digital Library (TDL) team on April 6 as our new Senior Systems Administrator. Clark has over 14 years of hands on IT systems operation experience, a BS in Computer Science Engineering from Jeonju University and a MS in Computer Science from Yonsei University.  

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Save the Date! Fedora Camp

There will be a three-day Fedora Camp at the Perry-Castaneda Library in Austin October 16-18, 2017. This Fedora Camp will be hosted by the University of Texas Libraries, DuraSpace, and the Texas Digital Library. More information including curriculum and registration will be announced soon.

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Early Registration for TCDL ends April 14th

Early-bird registration for the 11th annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) ends April 14th. If you have not yet registered, now is the time! The conference program is now available online. 

There are a number of pre-conference workshops which will be held on Tuesday, May 23. These are free to TCDL attendees only, but sign-up is required as seating is limited: 
  • Hydra: An Open Source Solution to build Digital Repositories | All day workshop, from 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Low Cost Metadata Management: Tools and tips for catalogers | 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Introducing the Weaver Framework: The Technology Behind Vireo 4 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Dataverse and the Texas Data Repository | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • An Update on Development of the Vireo 4.x ETD Submission and Management System | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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Recordings Available: Laying the Foundation for Research Data Services 

Recordings and slides from the recent three-part webinar series, Laying the Foundation for Research Data Services, are now available online.
  • Session 1. Getting Started with the Texas Data Repository and Data Competencies
  • Session 2. Teaching Data: Developing Data Instruction Using a Multi-Level Competency Model
  • Session 3: Learning By Example: Connecting Data Competencies with the Texas Data Repository
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TDL Community Google Group

What do YOU want to learn more about? Do you have an upcoming conference or event to share and promote? Are you working on a project or trying a new software? Have you been searching for a new way to do something or learn how use a specific tool? The TDL Community Google Group is an online forum for discussion and announcements among the TDL community. Visit the TDL Community Google Group page to sign up and join the conversation!

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Next TDL Forum

The next TDL Forum will feature information on the updated TDL membership structure by Kristi Park, an update from the first Texas Data Repository Steering Committee meeting from Courtney Mumma, and TDL community updates. 
  • Wednesday, April 19, 10:30am - 11:00am 
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ARSC Conference

The 51st Annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Conference will be held at the Menger Hotel on Alamo Plazo in San Antonio, Texas.  
  • Conference dates: May 10 - 13, 2017
  • Early-bird registration through April 17
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Open Access Symposium

The 7th annual Open Access Symposium will be held at the University of North Texas New College at Frisco in Texas. This year's theme is Making Use of Public Data.  
  • Conference dates: May 18 - 19, 2017
  • Full schedule and additional information is coming soon
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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. 
  • Conference dates: May 23 - 25, 2017
  • Early-bird registration through April 14 
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AALL Conference

The 2017 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Meeting and Conference will be held in Austin, Texas. There will be a special preconference session open to non-AALL members on Saturday, July 15. Staff from the UT Libraries BIBFRAME Discussion Group will be sharing lessons learned as part of this program: "Not Pie in the Sky: Practical Strategies for Embracing Change in Technical Services"
  • Conference dates: July 15 - 18, 2017
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CTLC 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. The conference will be held at TWU in Denton, Texas.
  • Conference date: August 4, 2017
  • Call for proposals and registration information coming soon
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Digital Frontiers Conference

The 6th annual Digital Frontiers Conference is coming home to the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The theme for 2017 is Exploring the Edges, Pushing the Boundaries.   
  • Conference dates: September 21 - 23, 2017
  • Call for proposals deadline is April 28
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