DLG Announces Second Subgranting Call for 2018: Applications due June 15, 2018

To broaden partner participation in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), DLG is soliciting proposals for historic digitization projects costing up to $5000. Project metadata will be included in the DLG portal and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DLG is seeking applications for metadata creation or digitization projects from the permanent holders of the original archival content. Projects may include the reformatting of textual materials (not including newspapers), graphic materials, or audio-visual materials. Applicants should have materials prepared for a project start date of October 1, 2018.

Selection of materials or collections to digitize will be made in accordance with the DLG’s Collection Development Policy and will depend on the availability of resources and funding. A committee consisting of DLG and Georgia HomePLACE staff, and representative partner members will determine awards. Awards committee members will recuse themselves from review of a proposal should a conflict of interest exist. Preference will be given to proposals from institutions who have not yet collaborated with the DLG.

For textual and graphic materials, digitization and descriptive services will be performed by DLG staff. In the case of audio-visual collections, digitization will be outsourced to a vendor. Partners are responsible for transporting materials to and from the DLG or for costs associated with shipping to and from vendors.

Nominated materials must have clear rights statements and documentation. Any metadata created will be shared under a Creative Commons License Public Domain License (CC0) through the DLG’s portal and the DPLA.

To apply, submit the following to diglibga@gmail.com by June 15, 2018:

  • Application form;
  • One letter of reference from a user of the materials describing their historic value and potential for reuse;
  • Five sample images of selected content;
  • A budget that includes conversion costs, metadata services, and hosting fees based on the DLG Digital Services Cost Recovery for Proposal Development and using the application budget form; and
  • If requesting DLG hosting, proof of rights status for materials (e.g., letter of permissions from copyright holder, donor’s agreement, orphan works status assessment, release form, etc.)

A sample budget and application are available to assist your proposal development. If your project includes audio-visual, bound, fragile, or oversized materials, please consult DLG staff who will help you obtain an estimate of reformatting costs. DLG staff will be available for questions during phone office hours and available otherwise for questions, but will be unable to comment on draft proposals.

Important dates

  • May 15, 11 am, Webinar (slides and recording)
  • May 22, 23, Phone office hours by appointment (optional)
  • June 15, Proposals due
  • July 10, Committee reviews proposals
  • August 1, Recipients notified
  • September 1, Service agreements signed (Sample MOU available here)
  • September 15, Project schedules agreed
  • October 1, Program start date
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Unique Partnership Captures Athens’ Music and Art Scene from the 1980s Onwards

A goldmine has been excavated here in Athens—not the orange metal that decorates the lairs of the incredibly rich and presidential, trust me, but the rich loam of irreplaceable local history. Thanks to the efforts of UGA’s Digital Library of Georgia project and the hard work of the Athens-Clarke County Library staff, 25 years of Flagpole’s lost archives have been recovered and made available to everybody for free.

Cover of the inaugural issue of Flagpole,
Cover of the inaugural issue of Flagpole, “Colorbearer of Athens Alternative Music,” October 1, 1987.

We all tend to believe, in spite of our own crashes and losses, that digital is forever, that the digits will remain long after the printed paper has crumbled. Ha. Dream on. In the late ‘90s, while backing up our main computer, our resident technical expert (to remain nameless here) lost the first decade of Flagpole issues. Wiped out. Gone. The UGA library had microfilm, and we had paper copies, but there was no database online and no searchable files anywhere, except thumbing through back issues, looking for something.

Then, around 10 years later, it happened again. Our homemade website turned out to have inadequate protection and got hacked (the Russians?). We had to take it down, and along with it went the archives we had built up since the last catastrophe. Flagpole was lobotomized.

Since that time we have hired various programmers and companies who promised to reestablish our archives, but nobody has been able to deliver—nobody, that is, until the Digital Library of Georgia, hand-in-hand with the Athens-Clarke County Library, swooped in like Superman and Wonder Woman to restore Flagpole’s memory banks.

The library’s Heritage Room staff, with their stalwart interns using a high-speed copier, went through each issue of Flagpole page-by-page and shot digital images from their microfilm. When that laborious part of the project was finally completed, the Digital Library of Georgia over at the UGA libraries, created the searchable database and put it online.

Meanwhile, our own online archives have been rebuilt back through 2013 and are searchable issue by issue on our website, sort of.

You can search the whole Digital Library Flagpole site from 1987 through 2012. Type in R.E.M. and immediately get 181 articles … What fun! You can watch as Flagpole progresses through the years from a harum-scarum, slapped-together weekly music rag into a finely-tuned, professionally produced, seriously written harum-scarum weekly music rag.

This database is of inestimable value to people wanting to write about Athens, to explore local history, or to relive their youth. It’s all here, a rabbit hole just waiting for you to go down it. Research your favorite band. See what bad stuff we wrote about local politicians. Delve into the history, the music, the people who have made the news during the 25 years from 1987 to 2012 and more recently in our own archives. Flagpole has been at the center of our community life for the last 30 years, and now, thanks to the Digital Library of Georgia, we can all remember where we’ve been.

Pete McCommons, editor, Flagpole magazine, January 17, 2018, http://flagpole.com/news/pub-notes/2018/01/17/the-digital-library-of-georgia-uploads-flagpole-s-archives. Reprinted with permission.

 

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