- Council of State University Libraries (CSUL)
- CSUL Committees
- CSUL Task Forces
DISC provides recommendations to CSUL regarding all technical aspects of digital collection building, digitization and/or digital production, digital curation, and digital services in support of scholarship. DISC provides a forum for discussion among SULs, promotes best practices, encourages SUL collaboration, and leverages the collective capacity of SULs for digital initiatives and services.
Responsibilities DISC has three primary functions:
1. DISC acts in both a formal and informal advisory capacity to FCLA and CSUL for near- and long-term planning, prioritization, and implementation issues related to all technology aspects of centrally-hosted digital collections and related digital services. This includes: the Florida Digital Archive (FDA); Publication of Library, Archival and Museum Materials (PALMM); digital collection and digital item record representation in MANGO; digital services to expose hidden collections; and any and all other systems required for the display, use, archival, and preservation components of a digital collection and provision of digital services. DISC reports directly to CSUL.
DISC consults and collaborates with the CPC Special Collections Subcommittee and other applicable curatorial groups regarding all new digital initiatives and services. This is to facilitate communication and ensure digital efforts support collection and curatorial needs as well as the larger needs of the libraries and academic communities which DISC serves. DISC consults with TAG on applicable technological concerns and the TSPC Metadata Subcommittee on applicable concerns.
2. DISC serves in a formal capacity to review all new centrally-supported digital collections and closely related digital library services (e.g.; DigiTool, Finding Aids, ETDs, IRs, Digital Preservation), ensuring communication with curators statewide, and preparing documentation for proposals when required for a formal CSUL review process.
DISC also serves in a formal capacity to make recommendations to CSUL for ways and methods for collaboration with closely related institutions (e.g.; ICUF, CCLA, ASERL, FCALM - Florida Consortium of Academic Libraries of Medicine).
3. DISC serves as an open forum for sharing information related to collaborative digital library initiatives and services. Topics may include, but are not limited to: technical aspects of digital production for analog and born digital materials; digital/data curation; services and support technologies for digital scholarly publishing; metadata; digital preservation; opportunities for collaboration; grant proposals; and related topics.
DISC elects its own chair and vice-chair for CSUL approval. Officers serve one-year terms in each position, the vice-chair succeeding the chair.
Chair compiles agendas, chairs meetings, follows up with committee on action items referred by CSUL or FCLA; provides reports to CSUL.
Chair or a designee will serve as liaison to the CPC Special Collections Subcommittee, attending calls and ensuring communication across both groups. Chair or a designee may serve as liaison to the TSPC Metadata Subcommittee, attending calls and ensuring communication across both groups.
CSUL libraries are asked to designate a single voting representative. SULs may also designate non-voting guest attendees.
The CPC Special Collections Subcommittee and the TSPC Metadata Subcommittee are encouraged to designate liaisons.
Individuals from non-SUS institutions may participate as non-voting guests as approved by the Committee.
FCLA participates in a non-voting capacity.
Recommendations for CSUL approval are by majority; dissenting opinions are acknowledged and explained.
Task forces / Working groups Task forces and ad hoc working groups may be created as needed, and could include: Digital Library Services Technical Working Group; Open Access, Scholarly Communications & IR Working Group; Digital Curation & Data Management Working Group.
Meetings Meets monthly via conference calls; supplemented by a list-serve (SUSDIGIT-L) and a wiki.
DISC may request in-person meetings and/or workshops in response to specific needs.
Chair or designee meets with CSUL as called.
Quarterly reports due 2 weeks before CSUL meetings. Ad Hoc reports as required.