Reserving the South Campus Library Informatics Classroom just got a whole lot easier! A publicly-available, Library staff mediated calendar is now available on the Library Informatics Classroom Room Request page in the Library's website. Clicking ...

 

New reservation protocol for reserving the Library Informatics Classroom

Reserving the South Campus Library Informatics Classroom just got a whole lot easier! A publicly-available, Library staff mediated calendar is now available on the Library Informatics Classroom Room Request page in the Library’s website. Clicking the red button on the top of the Request page will allow you to search by date. The calendar will only show times that are available. Once you find the appropriate times for your event, you will be prompted to submit your information to a request form, which will then be directed to Library staff for final approval.

An alternative calendar view is available by clicking on the yellow “Reserve a Room” button on the Library’s Home page. You will need to designate the “Library Informatics Classroom” from the drop-down menu.

For more information about the classroom policies and procedures, go to the Library Informatics Classroom Request page on the Library’s website or email Jane Scott.

      
 

North Campus Branch Library Photography Exhibit explores shooting film and silver printing

CORRECTION: The photographer’s reception is on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

 

 

 

 

A photography exhibit that highlights the work of a talented UT Southwestern postdoc, Ping-Hung Chen, is now available for viewing at the North Campus Branch Library (ND2.300). The exhibit features 30 works shot with traditional film and silver gelatin processes.

Ping-Hung Chen’s photographic interests primarily include landscapes and are a personal chronicle of his life experiences. His use of traditional processes like the analog gelatin-silver medium, bring rich detail, tonality, and contrast to his works.

The exhibit will be on display from now until January 31, 2018. An artist reception with refreshments will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..

An online collection of Ping-Hung Chen’s photography may be found on his Flickr page.

      
 

New courtesy charging stations for mobile devices at Library locations

New courtesy charging stations for mobile devices are now available at the South Campus Library and North Campus Branch Library.

Each charging station has:

  • 3 Micro USB ports
  • 3 Apple Lightning ports
  • 2 USB-C ports
      
 

The power of crowdsourcing in libraries and archives

Unidentified photo from the UT Southwestern Collection. https://www.flickr.com/photos/utswlibraryarchives/15412543801/

Crowdsourcing, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.” In the library and archives world, crowdsourcing has proven to be an effective tool in helping to identify photographs, transcribe documents, and provide other descriptive information that helps libraries and archives to increase the discoverability of and access to their materials.

Crowdsourcing is a popular method for archives to identify people, places, and events in photographs. Many eminent institutions – e.g., the Library of Congress – have harnessed the power of crowdsourcing and Flickr to aid in the identification of photographs through the launch of the Flickr Commons project. A 2008 Newsweek article highlighted that within 24 hours of the project’s launch, “all 3,115 images had been viewed at least once (with 650,000 total views), more than 500 pictures had received comments, and 4,000 unique tags had been added.”

Following in the model of the Library of Congress’s Flickr Commons project, the UT Southwestern Archives has a Flickr account, and we upload photos to that account from our UT Southwestern Collection for which we have little to no identifying information. You may wonder: Why are we putting this call for information out on the Flickr-verse? Don’t we know everyone in the photos? What about the date of and location where the photo was taken? The answer is: We would love to!

This opens up the conversation about the importance of metadata at the point of creation of a photograph. What is metadata? Put simply, it is data about data. A simple example of metadata is writing a name, date, or description on the back of a photograph (or included with the photograph and recorded on a separate piece of paper). To carry this example into the digital age, born-digital photographs can have descriptive metadata easily embedded in them with software applications like Adobe Bridge.

An example of metadata: we know who took this photo and when it was taken. Source: Repository: University Archives, University of Miami. Collection: University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection. http://merrick.library.miami.edu/cdm/ref/collection/umiscel/id/28

If metadata is not associated with a photograph at the beginning, even the best investigative archivist will struggle to identify the people, places, and events in photographs. To help with this, many archives utilize crowdsourcing to help identify photographs in their holdings. Here are a few examples:

With the 75th anniversary of UT Southwestern approaching, the UT Southwestern Archives is going through many photos in our collections, including these mystery photos. Excited to help the archives in their crowdsourcing endeavors? Get started today by visiting our Flickr page and browsing through the images. See anyone you know? Have other information to share about a photo? Leave a comment!

Want to learn more about the UT Southwestern Archives? Visit our webpage here and send any questions you may have to us at archives@utsouthwestern.edu.

      
 

Annual “On My Own Time” art show now on display at South Campus Library

The 17th annual On My Own Time art show is now open in the South Campus Library! Visit the show to see the impressive talents of your friends and colleagues at UT Southwestern. Nearly 100 pieces are on view through September 19.

Be on the lookout in next week’s Campus Update for a link where UT Southwestern affiliates can cast their vote for this year’s “People’s Choice” winner!

      
 

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