members began to contribute records for the 1999-2000 year, including
2 "rich" records per institution that are to become a test library for
application developers. Although "declarations" of the contents of the
1999-2000 library were due from all members by the end of December,
some had still not been received. AMICO is pushing for this information
in order to make deadlines for developing literature to obtain subscribers
for the library at conferences in late January and early February.
functionality of the interactive data validation, parsing, editing and
maintenance functions were made available to members. Records now have
thumbnails created for them and are fully validated for online editing.
Agreements are in place with RLG to provide weekly updates to the AMICO
database in 1999.
with distributors led to agreement with the California Digital Library
to develop an AMICO application in 1999. Negotiations of pricing and
distribution terms continued with the Research Libraries Group and OhioLINK.
and David continued their practice of giving briefings to the staff's
of member institutions whenever their travel schedules allowed. In December,
full staff briefings were given at SF MOMA. Plans were made to brief
staff at San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the
Board meeting in January.
Proposal was submitted to the Getty Trust to fund focus group research
with potential AMICO users at the VRA and CAA meetings in February.
Preliminary plans were made for a conference on the University Testbed
research to be held in June. Other research initiative of likely benefit
to AMICO members were explored.
Meeting were held with the Research Libraries Group to work out details
of the 1999-2000 year delivery schedule and issues of RLG's pricing
and advertising for The AMICO Library. An agreement that RLG will accept
updates to AMICO records on a weekly basis will make ongoing addition
to and revision of the Library smoother. RLG and AMICO briefed each
other on their contacts with potential distributors and subscribers.
with the California Digital Library resulted in a decision on their
part to develop an AMICO application this spring and offer it to California
universities next fall. Discussions with OhioLINK proceeded and both
parties expect to reach agreement in time for the AMICO Board meeting
in late January.
Negotiations with the Artists Rights Society were quiescent, but we
know that our proposal has been received and is under active consideration.
AMICO was accepted as a partner in the ISAAC Network to test distributed
metadata based searching of the Internet. If successful, this would
have the effect of making individual works in The AMICO Library known
to searchers in academic environments - bringing The AMICO Library to
their attention as a resource.
Discussions with Cornell University's Interactive Media Group which
conducted the evaluation of "casual users" of MESL (those not showing/viewing
MESL in a classroom), led to agreement that Cornell will conduct a similar
analysis of users of The AMICO Library during the spring term of 1999.
of the IUPUI IMLS Project for a license to public libraries and K-12
institutions led to discussions of the AMICO Rights Committee on terms
for such licenses. IUPUI advertised for a project director. Plans were
made to hold meetings in Indianapolis with the Public Library and School
Advisory Committees for the IUPUI/AMICO project in mid-January.
After a lively discussion on the AMICO User and Uses lists, it was decided
to ask University Testbed participants for input into the 1999-2000
content selection process. It was agreed that their views/requests would
not be considered binding on members, but also that it would be valuable
to better understand what current users thought a proper balance of
new resources would include.
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