Five IMLS Leadership Grants Go To Texas
. . . support projects that have the potential to elevate museum and library practice. The Institute seeks to advance the ability of museums and libraries to preserve culture, heritage and knowledge while enhancing learning.
In the last round of grants, 5 Texas institutions were granted awards:
- Texas A&M University — Texas A&M University, through the Texas Digital Library, a cooperative organization of institutions of higher learning in Texas, will develop and implement the Texas ETD Repository, a statewide system for managing the entire life cycle of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) from initial submission to final publication. By ensuring consistent standards and interoperability, the Texas ETD Repository will establish a federated statewide repository for long-term preservation.
- Dallas Museum of Art — The Arts Broadcasting System (TABS) project will create a flexible, multifunctional system interface for unlimited access to 13,000 digital resources from the Dallas Museum of Art’s encyclopedic collections. The project is based on five years of planning, audience research, and consultation, building on two institutional strategic initiatives-the Arts Network and Levels of Engagement with Art. It will allow visitors to customize their museum experiences in the galleries and at home via the Internet. By applying lessons learned about audiences and implementing technology, the TABS project will enhance onsite museum visits, increase accessibility to the collection, and provide data on online museum visits. A public blog, final reports, a 2009 national forum, and conference presentations will share progress and results.
- University of North Texas — The University of North Texas Libraries will develop a model for an iterative user-centered design process in a rapid development framework that digital libraries can implement to improve the usability and effectiveness of their resources for targeted user groups. This project will focus on the information-seeking behavior and needs of genealogists, who constitute a third of all digital library users, who are using the Portal to Texas History, to develop the model.
- Rice University, Fondren Library — The Fondren Library at Rice University, in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, will develop an innovative approach to helping users search, browse, analyze, and share content from distributed online collections through their “Our Americas Archive Partnership” (OAAP). OAAP will incorporate recent Web 2.0 technologies to help users discover and use relevant source materials in languages other than English and will improve users’ ability to find relevant materials using domain-specific vocabulary searches. Two online collections of materials in English and Spanish, The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA), and a new digital archive of materials to be developed at Rice, will provide an initial corpus for testing the tools.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — The Art Conservation Database (ACD) being developed by the Museum of Fine Arts will combine detailed text and image records of works on paper, paintings, and three-dimensional art; comprehensive condition reports; and collection care records in one database system in conjunction with an advisory committee working in the field. The Museum of Fine Art Houston’s goal is to create a streamlined database, with standardized conservation and preservation vocabulary, for experts and novices within the conservation field as well as museum staff. After significant peer review and system tests of the ACD, the database will be available to other institutions as a model of how to create and integrate conservation data within a museum environment.