Video Digitization Resources

Best practices and standards for video digitization widely differ. However, there are exceptional resources available online that can assist you with your video digitization needs. Consult the resources listed below for additional information. Contact the Digital Initiatives department at the North Dakota State Library if you have any questions.

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Grants for Libraries – June 2018

Dollar signSony Grants

Application deadline: Ongoing

Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. Sony seeks to apply its financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce. Discover how to apply at: https://www.sony.com/en_us/SCA/social-responsibility/giving-guidelines.html

 SparkFun Community Partnership Program

Application deadline: Ongoing

This program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of makers in the field. SparkFun supports organizations that support maker values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money. Learn more and apply at: https://www.sparkfun.com/pages/sponsorships

Verizon Community Grants

Application deadline: Ongoing

Verizon’s Community Grant funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women, and older adults. Applications are by invitation only, so you’ll need to contact your local Verizon community relations manager. You can find their contact information and learn more about their grant program at: https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/giving-and-grants

 Walmart Community Grant Program

Application deadline: Ongoing

Walmart awards community grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 to K-12 schools, government entities, and other non-profits. One of their eight funding areas is education and they’re seeking to support those the provision of afterschool enrichment, tutoring, and vocational training for low-income individuals and families. Read more about the program and apply at: http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving

Genealogy Resources – State, Regional & National

Databases (North Dakota and national)

Digital Collections (North Dakota)

Digital Collections (regional)

Digital Collections (national)

Institutions (North Dakota)

 Tips and Guidance

New Items Added to Digital Horizons (April-May 2018)

The Digital Initiatives department has been keeping busy. Many items have been uploaded onto Digital Horizons. Listed below is a highlight of new items added to the North Dakota State Library’s online collections. You can access the items featured below by clicking on them or by visiting the Digital Horizons website (where you will also find thousands of other treasures).

ND Memories

ND State Documents

ND School for the Deaf Banner

Free and Legal Stock Images

Finding the perfect picture to put on your website, brochure, or Facebook event can be tricky, and it gets even more difficult if you’re making sure your photos are legal to use. That’s right, legally, you can’t use any picture you find on Google Images. Using these photos opens your library up to possible lawsuits for copyright infringement. Instead, look for photos that fall into Public Domain or have a Creative Commons license.

Public Domain: The person who created this work has waived their rights to the photo. This means that you can copy, change, distribute, and perform the work for commercial purposes without asking permission.

Creative Commons Licenses: These licenses allow creators to waive and reserve certain rights in regards to their work. This may include if the image can be used for commercial purposes, if it needs creator attribution, and so on.

A guide for helpful information regarding stock photos can be found here.

The following websites are full of free and ready-to-use photos (as long as you follow the licensing restrictions) to make your library marketing a little more beautiful:

Website:

Free No User Account No Attribution
Unsplash X X

X

Pexels

X X X
Pixabay X X

X

Gratisography

X X X
Burst X Low Resolution: No account

High Resolution: Account

X

Creative Commons

X X X

Negative Space

X X

X

Free Images X Account Needed

Various Usage Rights

Freepik (Graphics)

Most are free X Attribution to Freepik
Freerange X Account Needed

X

Vecteezy (Graphics) Most are free X

Attribution to Vecteezy

This post was written with sources from Angela Hursh’s blog “Super Library Marketing.

Copyright – digitization & digital projects

There are many questions to consider before undertaking a digitization project, such as:

  • What is the size and condition of the collection? What is the purpose of this project? How much will this project cost? Have the items already been digitized by someone else? What is the time frame?

Copyright is another factor that needs to be considered before starting a digital project. If fact, it is often a major factor. You do not want to be halfway through a digitization project, for example, and then discover you cannot share the scanned items due to copyright. Then all of that time and money will have been for nothing.

Just thinking about the word copyright can send cold shivers down your spine, and it may also invoke headaches and/or nightmares.

Sure, copyright can be intimidating. When it comes to digital projects, copyright is a significant concern. It can make or break a digital project, and it often determines whether a potential project is worth pursuing or not. However, being better informed about copyright can alleviate some of the burden. And in doing so, you will discover that copyright is not so frightening after all.

The best way to approach copyright is to first understand it.

What is copyright?

  • According to the United States Copyright Office, copyright “is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” (Copyright in General – U.S. Copyright Office)
  • Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that “protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.” (Copyright in General – U.S. Copyright Office)

What is public domain?

  • According to the United States Copyright Office, a “work of authorship is in the ‘public domain’ if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner.” (Definitions – U.S. Copyright Office)
  • There are 4 common ways that works arrive in the public domain: copyright has expired, copyright owner failed to follow copyright renewal rules, copyright owner deliberately places it in the public domain, or copyright law does not protect this type of work. (Copyright & Fair Use – Stanford)

Once you have an understanding of copyright, then you can take what you have learned and apply it to your digitization project. Keep things couple things in mind:

  • If you have concerns or uncertainties about copyright when it comes to digitizing and digital collections, do your research. Use the resources provided here to determine the copyright status of the item(s) in question. If you have questions or need some assistance, contact Digital Initiatives.
  • If you’re not sure if an item is protected by copyright or not, get permission from the owner/ creator. Have them sign a permission form or a copyright release form. The Digital Initiatives department at the North Dakota State Library uses forms like this. So if you would like to see the forms or use them as an example, contact Digital Initiatives.
  • If the item is in the public domain, then it is no longer protected by copyright and it can be freely scanned and made accessible.

Copyright Resources

Friends of the Library Resources:

Friends of the Library help support libraries in many ways including volunteer services, fund raising, programming, and advocating for their library. The following resources are helpful whether your library is starting a Friends group, restructuring, or looking to grow.

Resources:

Nebraska Public Libraries Friends and Foundations: https://bit.ly/2IqzT0d

Nebraska Public Libraries Friends of the Library Groups: https://bit.ly/2GpGGpa

United for Libraries Toolkits for Friends Groups and Foundations (use your library’s access credentials to log in): https://bit.ly/2wQNCw5

Sample Memorandum of Understanding from ALTAFF: https://bit.ly/2rPTG2I

Tool Kit for Building a Library Friends Group by Friends of Tennessee Libraries: https://bit.ly/2k41s4T

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction—Library Friends and Library Foundations: https://bit.ly/2wNDzYx

 

Examples of Friends Bylaws:

Friends of the West Fargo Public Library: https://bit.ly/2yUoB3R

Friends of the Bismarck Public Library: https://bit.ly/2InJTLD

Active Shooter Resources

Shootings are an unfortunate and frightening reality in today’s world. Statistically speaking, it is unlikely you will experience an active shooter situation, but that does not negate their seriousness. Planning and being informed can save lives.

There are a few simple things you can do at the office or at home to better prepare yourself.

  • Be informed – stay current on procedures and other relevant information
  • Be prepared – create a plan & participate in trainings
  • Be alert – pay attention to your surroundings, trust your instincts, & if you see something, say something (report suspicious activity to the local authorities)
  • Run. Hide. Fight.
Active_Shooter

Run. Hide. Fight. (Active Shooter: How to Respond Poster – Homeland Security)

There is a plethora of active shooter information and resources available online. Below is a listing of some of the best of the best.

More Information:

Handouts:

Videos:


Books on Library Security:

 

Public Library and School Library Collaboration Toolkit

The “Public Library and School Library Collaboration Toolkit” has been released. Members of AASL (American Association of School Librarians), ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) worked together for three years to create a document that benefits both school librarians and public librarians by encouraging them working together collaboratively.

This toolkit provides 5 chapters full of research, information, and examples for librarians to look towards when beginning collaboration initiatives between school and public libraries. There are also scrips and tips for both school and public librarians on how to overcome their different institutional hurdles.

Working together makes libraries and communities stronger. Look through the toolkit here.

ALSC put together a brief explanation of the toolkit here and has a list of successful past partnerships between school and public libraries that can be found here.

Telescope Kit Resources

One of the many STEM kits the North Dakota State Library has available through KitKeeper are 3 telescope kits. Each kit includes: 1 Orion StarBlast telescope, 1 Orion EZ Finder II red-dot sight, 1 copy of Night Watch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson,  5 eyepieces (6mm, 6mm, 12.5mm, 17mm, & 20mm), 1 2x Barlow lens, and 4 filters (moon, red, blue, & yellow).

The kit also includes a guide, which has a list of a few potential activities libraries can plan to go along with this kit. The sky is the limit (pun intended) on activities relating to telescopes, astronomy, and the universe, and this list functions as a starting point for ideas. All of the ideas listed on the guide have resources available online, which can be accessed at the links below along with some resources for the telescope itself.

Telescope:

Stars:

The Moon:

Solar System Scale:

Planets:

Word Search: