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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Volume 25 Number 14 November 30, 2003

Half-Day DjVu Conference
December 3rd, in SCC

Now's your chance to learn first hand about a technology that will allow you to make online images clearer, easier to email, and more easily analyzed.

DjVu (pronounced "déjà vu"), an image compression technology first developed in 1996 at AT&T Labs, allows the distribution on the Internet of very high resolution images of scanned documents, digital documents, and photographs. Conventional Web formats such as JPEG, GIF, and PNG produce prohibitively large image files at decent resolutions. PDF image files, which simply wrap images in these formats, are typically larger than DjVu equivalents and do not offer such functionality as the ability to search OCR texts internally.

In a half-day symposium organized by the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities in the SCC, Planet DjVu, and the Lizardtech company and scheduled on Wednesday December 3rd, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, attendees will be introduced to DjVu by the people who know it best.

DjVu authors Leon Bottou and Yann LeCum, and developer Andrei Erofeev, will discuss the technological capabilities of DjVu and its current uses in different fields. Rutgers University Libraries' Brian Hancock and Jeffrey Triggs and SCILS Professor Michael Lesk will discuss DjVu's many promising practical applications in academic life.

To RSVP for the half-day symposium, which is free of charge, please email Brian Hancock at bhancock@rci.rutgers.edu.

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New Sculpture Coming
to Alexander Library

The Alexander Library has received a gift of a sculpture by Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994) from the Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts and Rutgers University Art History Professor Joan Marter.

The sculpture is titled "Stretcher Series" and was constructed in 1992. Made of painted aluminum and copper, the artwork measures 78" x 37" x 6" and will hang in the lobby of the library.

  Photo of 'Stretcher Series'.

Dorothy Dehner, a prominent artist of the last century, has works in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philips Collection, Washington, D.C.; the Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsoninan Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the British Museum, London. An abstract artist, who came into her own in the 1950's and is best know for her sculptures, she also worked in gouache, oil, ink, and watercolors and was proficient as an engraver.

The sculpture should be installed by the middle of the spring 2004 semester. The Libraries are pleased to see this work of art added to the entrance of Alexander Library, where the many faculty, students, staff, and members of the public who use this facility on a daily basis may enjoy it.

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Libraries Logo
Now Easily Accessible

  Rutgers University Libraries
  The Libraries logo (of course).

If you're working on a Libraries report, Web page, or any other official publication, the Libraries logo is now readily available for your use.

Libraries Webmaster Sam McDonald and Communications Coordinator Harry Glazer have prepared a "Rutgers University Libraries Logo" Web page, which offers logos for placement in documents and Web pages and guidelines on their use. This Web page is available on the Staff Resources page, under Public Services/Procedures.

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Rutgers University Libraries Goals
For 2003 - 2004

In the interests of helping us all stay focused on the Libraries' objectives in the present academic year, we are pleased to reprint the 2003/04 goals approved at the October 21, 2003 Cabinet meeting. These goals were initially emailed by University Librarian Marianne Gaunt to RUL_Everyone in October and have been posted to the Libraries Staff Resources Web pages under Administration/University Librarian's Cabinet/ Reports.

2003/04 Libraries Goals

1. Strengthen the Library's Overall Effectiveness Using the Excellence in Higher Education model

  • Continue the development of the dashboard quality indicators
  • Identify and review external studies for data relevant to the dashboard quality indicators

2. Build a Strategic Plan for the Next Five Years

  • Update the DLI focusing on university aspirations for a research university
  • Enhance collaboration with UMDNJ
  • Monitor devolution
  • Design a budget request process reflecting the university's all-funds approach

3. Develop a Sustainable Information Technology Infrastructure

  • Acquire a digital storage system
  • Develop a plan for metadata sustainability
  • Develop policies/practices for digital collection and project development

4. Enhance User Services and Support

  • Review services to undergraduates within the context of a research university
  • Initiate university and campus partnerships and establish a strategy for integrating services and collections into e-learning
  • Implement web content management system
  • Develop an online information literacy tutorial
  • Further information literacy strategy by determining additional deliverables

5. Strengthen Collection Development and Enhance Access to Collections

  • Implement Open-URL
  • Complete review of databases platforms and configurations
  • Expand PALCI resource sharing
  • Develop and update existing research guides
  • Review and update collection development principles and policies to reflect changing environment
  • Develop a five-year preservation plan
  • Expand recon activities

6. Continue to Engage Faculty in Issues of Scholarly Communication

  • Construct a repository infrastructure
  • Develop an open access journal
  • Promote self-archiving

7. Continue to Invest in Human Resources

  • Focus on programs that meet technical and soft skills needs

8. Improve Communications

  • Conduct audit of the Libraries' communications program with the university community
  • Strengthen liaison relationships with academic units

9. Increase External Support

  • Target specific areas for enhanced external funding, including D21 and Dana Library's unfinished floor
  • Escalate grants writing

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Contributors for this issue were Marianne Gaunt, Brian Hancock, and Françoise Puniello. Contributions for future issues of The Agenda should be sent to Harry Glazer, editor of The Agenda, at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu.