Thursday, September 22, 2005

Three IMLS Leadership Grants in Texas

Three National Leadership Grants for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services have been given to Texas.
  • Stephen F. Austin State University -- Phase II funding for Texas Tides. "This project will enable Texas Tides to expand its services by providing Spanish-language translations of Web site text, rare and educational materials, lesson plans and activities for bilingual classrooms. Texas Tides demonstrates how regional projects can integrate resources with larger state or national projects through compliance with current imaging and metadata standards."
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission -- "The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, together with 11 partner institutions in the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative, will identify, describe, digitize, preserve, and make broadly accessible special collections materials of history and culture held by libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies throughout the state. The project will ensure seamless, integrated statewide access to these resources by using open source software in support of international standards such as the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) and the Z39.50 information retrieval protocol. A key aspect of the project will be the "uplift" of partner institutions that are not yet compliant with standards to allow searching across the collections; this will be achieved through the provision of metadata upgrades, data translation, controlled vocabularies, and other improvements."
  • The University of Texas at Austin -- "The Open Choice project will create, test, and evaluate an 'open source' Internet content filter for use in libraries."
[from IMLS web site]

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