Library Scholarly Publishing Office Monthly Report: December
Work has focused on the exploration of tools and methods in the past
two months, with work underway in exploring the textclass system, Cocoon, and
transformation tools such as Quark Avenue and Logictran. We have also begun to
get the word out about our services and to generate interest from editors.
Notably, in this period we reached a firm agreement with Post Identity, an
interdisciplinary journal in the humanities, to create an enhanced electronic
version of their print journal. One area of our goals we have fallen notably
behind on is the development of information materials such as a brochure and Web
site. February will see some intense concentration on these activities.
Transitional work from our days as DLPD continues to occupy us, as we continue
efforts to complete MoA4, and to provide BAS and DLF with support for their
databases. Finally, in addition to the activities reported below, Brian
Roseblum had a very active month, acquiring a new desk, phone number, and
1 Program building
1.1 Build understanding of the needs and concerns of campus publishers
Met with Thomas Trautmann of The Institute
for the Humanities to talk about needs of humanities publishers on campus and to
introduce him to SPO. Trautmann offered to host a meeting at the Institute for
SPO to talk about its services.
1.2 Possible meeting of university libraries engaged in publishing efforts in
their first two years of operation with no more than 5 FTE to talk about sharing
tools, information, purpose.
- Proposal went to Dan Greenstein at DLF who has agreed to fund and help
organize meeting. Now looking at dates and
1.3 Communicate with and educate library staff about purpose of SPO and its
- Bonn gave a presentation to Senior Managers to share information about
SPO's organization and goals and to generate interest and ideas about the
ongoing development of the Office.
- Met with Wanda Monroe to discuss developing a communications plan around SPO
and its publications.
2 Content building
2.1 Communication with faculty editors
- Learned that Michigan Germanic Studies (had expressed interest in our
services) decided to discontinue
2.2 Support for the Philosopher's Imprint
2.2.1 Create Web environment, searchable text and desired display
- Loaded and indexed the first issue of the Philosophers' Imprint, including
searchable text, pdf files, and gif page images created with GhostScript.
- Modified (considerably) the JEP search script to accommodate Philosophers'
Imprint searching and created a separate page viewer script for displaying and
navigating page images.
2.2.2 Provide continuing data transformation support
- Continued to fine tune conversion process
- Solved the PDF error problem by using Distiller 4.0 instead of
2.3 Support for The Medieval Review
- Completed script to transform TMR articles to textclass dtd
- Did some basic maintenance of TMR web pages
- Converted 5 old TMR articles to textclass dtd in preparation for
- Talked with Phil Farber in DLPS about issues involved with moving TMR to
textclass, including the possibility of adding a "Download SGML" function to
2.4 Support for the Michigan Quarterly Review
2.4.1 Develop online system for current publication
- Wrote script for maintaining notis id directories in journal prep. Modified
script for conversion of journal class documents to texctlass.
- Collated a number of converted MQR articles, validated, and began
experimentation with the textclass delivery system but current unavailability of
documentation has led to some problems.
2.4.2 Digitize backfile
- Continued to encode MQR files using Quark Avenue and continued to encounter
problems. Dropped it for the time being as a method for encoding. Decided RTF
Converter was a better way to go and began process of configuring RTF converter
to suit our needs. This put us behind in terms of converting the MQR files, but
once RTF Converter is configured correctly, we will be able to do all the MQR
files more quickly in one big batch process.
- Talked to Cushing Malloy about MQR images. Decided they did not have them
in a format that would work for us, and decided it was better to have Sally
re-photograph all images from the print issues.
- Delivered cart of back issues of MQR (1960-1997) to Preservation for
2.5 Work on publication opportunities with Slavic Department
2.5.1 Digitize and put Cross Currents online.
- Delivered 12 issues of Cross Currents to preservation for preparation and
2.6 Support for 4DP2
- Mike Miller took the Proposal to the Asst. Dean of the College of
Engineering. Response was very positive and we are awaiting definitive word on
2.7 Work with Library staff to identify publication possibilities within their
- Continued work on the online version of the Jo Labadie exhibit. Set up
basic FM management database for image records and, set up config and data
files, and transformed the data to image-class sgml. J Weise indexed. Currently
awaiting authorization and html templates.
- Obtained quark files from U.M. printing services for Women’s
2.8 Other content development
- Met with staff of Post Identity, a journal in the humanities publishing from
the University of Detroit-Mercy and agreed to collaborate on online version of
the journal. Made initial assessment of their PageMaker files and provided them
with rough samples of what their XML output might look
3 Retrieval System
3.1 Assess needs for modification of textclass retrieval system for journals
- SPO staff met to conduct some analysis of textclass as a journal delivery
and came up with several questions about results display and behavior. These
will be broached in the first meeting of the DLPS-IR/Arch meeting in
4 Management system and tools
No new activity
5 Electronic subscription management
5.1 Assess possibilities for charging mechanisms for ACLS and other content
- Worked with DLPS to determine what charging possibilities are easily
supported by DLPS auth mechanisms. Will be documenting these to share with ACLS
- Began process of determining requirements for taking credit cards over the
6 Continue exploratory work on print on demand
Although there were no specific developments in this area, these
discussions have in part been subsumed by the Digital Reformatting discussions.
Bonn is working with Carla Montori to refine questions and issues around print
on demand and will be presenting these to CMDC in the near
7 Support for ACLS
7.1 Evaluation of ACLS XML
- Sample XML files for one monograph were received and reviewed. Sheppard is
beginning some preliminary exploration of issues around online
8 Transitional goals
8.1 Release Directory of Ethnic Organizations
- Modified the ethnic directory templates to
prevent runaway processes on dlps4.
8.2 Complete and release BMP Index
- QC'd and fixed data returned from vendor, created SGML, and passed on to JPW
for indexing and implementation. BMP is now online and is waiting for some
further work to be done on it by Access
8.3 Finish MoA4
- About 7000 texts were added to MoA (see the DLPS monthly report --
- Work continues on the MoA4 handbook
- Troubleshooting of MoA4 billing continued – Scott Ward has stepped in
to straighten out the accounts.
- Planning for the MoA4 kickoff event is well underway. Doris Kearns Goodwin
will be speaking on March 12th.
- The MoA4 staff won a “we did it” award and celebrated with some
well-deserved pizza at Pizza House.
8.4 Continue as liaison to DLPS for Arts of Citizenship, Making of Ann Arbor and
the Saline Historical Photographs project.
- Attended meeting at AADL, attended by AADL staff and representatives of
various local history organizations, regarding the creation by AADL of a portal
for local history information resources.
- Contributed to discussion of MOAA planning and funding. A mission statement
is in development, as are plans to complete the Pictorial History of Ann
- Negotiated delivery of the Saline database to Image Services and have passed
off arrangements around the letter of agreement to Pat
9 Outreach, collaboration and intra-library
- Cleaned data in the management db for the DLF Collections, reloaded the data
to the server, and modified the templates to accommodate additional fields.
- Revised and continued work on BAS
- Contributed to discussions of digital reformatting coordination
- Led the MyLibrary evaluation team in developing an evaluation plan. The
group developed and online survey as step one of that plan.
- Bonn is serving as an outside advisor on David Gard's masters project
-- an environmental impact study on the production and use of electronic
- Bonn met with Lisa Rudgers, the new VP for communication as part of her
Library tour to demo some of the Library's digital resources.
- Participated in interviews for head of DSS.
- Consulted with Preservation regarding tracking techniques for outsourced
- Consulted with Graduate Library Exchanges & Gifts to export the data
from an obsolete FoxPro database.
- Met with P MacKintosh and J PWilkin to discuss the current status of the
planned online course reserves management system.