The following new material is available from the DLF webiste. Each item is described in brief below. 1. Publications 1.1. The DLF Newsletter, July 2001 issue 1.2. Lou Pitschmann, "Building Sustainable Collections of Free Third-Party Web Resources" 2. DLF standards and best practice 2.1. Recommended benchmark for digital reproductions of printed books and serial publications 2.2. Metadata Encoding Transmission Standard (for recording structural, technical, and administrative metadata) 3. Registry of digitized books and serial publications. A case for its development and a full functional specification. 4. Updated information about the progress of projects involved in the Mellon e-journal archiving program. 1. Publications 1.1 DLF Newsletter. The July 2001 issue ((http://www.diglib.org/pubs/news02_02/index.htm)) contains reports on digital library developments at Columbia University, North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, and the DLF's newest member, the University of Washington. The issue also includes a report on recent DLF activities. 1.2. "Building Sustainable Collections of Free Third-Party Web Resources" (June 2001) by Louis Pitschmann (http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub98abst.html). This report is the first in a series commissioned by the DLF to review digital collection development strategies and practices. The report identifies and synthesizes existing practices used in developing collections of free third-party Internet resources that support higher education and research. A review of these practices and the projects they support confirms that developing collections of free Web resources is a process that requires its own set of practices, policies, and organizational models. Where possible, the report recommends those practices, policies, and models that have proved to be particularly effective in terms of sustainability, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and applicability to their stated purpose. The report outlines the similarities and differences between print and free Web resources and describes how the nature and complexity of free Web resources comply with or challenge traditional library practices and services pertaining to analog collections. 2. DLF standards and best practices 2.1. Recommended benchmark for digital reproductions of printed books and serial publications. Libraries and others are digitizing increasing quantities of printed material for online access without agreement on any desirable level of imaging quality. The DLF is working to identify, and build support for, specifications acceptable as the minimum necessary for digitally reproducing printed books and serial publications with fidelity. Adoption of such benchmarks would help users and libraries both. Users could have more confidence in the fidelity of digital reproductions available to them. And libraries could produce and maintain reproductions with confidence that expensive re-digitization would not become necessary. Digital reproductions meeting at least the benchmarks' minimum specifications would remain viable even as reproduction techniques improved. Also, because such texts would have well-known, consistent properties, they could support a wide variety of uses (including uses not possible with printed texts). Additionally, agreement on minimum benchmarks for digital reproductions of printed publications is an essential first step for libraries that wish to investigate whether they could manage and preserve print materials more effectively if they relied more heavily on digital reproductions for access. The draft benchmark is currently being reviewed by DLF member libraries who are being asked to endorse it and is available from the DLF website at http://www.diglib.org/standards/draftbmark.htm. 2.2. Metadata Encoding Transmission Standard (for recording structural, technical, and administrative metadata). During the past few years, the DLF has supported work on mechanisms for describing technical, structural, and administrative characteristics of digital objects. Initial recommendations about technical, structural, and administrative metadata emerged from the Making of America II initiative (see http://www.diglib.org/standards/dlfmoaii.htm). In recent months, these have been refined and extended by a DLF working group into a more inclusive "Metadata Encoding and Transmission Scheme" (METS). Work of the initiative is fully documented on a website that is being maintained by the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/mets/. The site includes an overview and tutorial, a beta version of the METS schema (in XML), an example METS XML document, and METS documentation. A further meeting of the METS working group is scheduled for September 2001. In advance of that meeting, the group seeks review of and comments on its work, particularly on the draft schema. All comments should be sent to Jerry McDonough at [log in to unmask] 3. Registry of digitized books and serial publications. An increasing number of libraries and commercial entities are converting existing paper-based books and serials to digital form. Unlike the special collections materials that have been the focus of digital conversion in many libraries, books and serials are commonly duplicated in many different institutions. This presents both an opportunity and a threat. The opportunity is for coordination among institutions, with each contributing to a larger shared but distributed collection. The threat is that resources will be wasted in the repeated digitization of the same material. A key requirement to realizing the opportunity and avoiding the threat is a mechanism for sharing information in a coherent fashion among institutions about what has been digitized; that is, the creation of a Registry of digitized materials. To facilitate the development of such a service, the DLF has worked these past several months to outline the benefits that a registry service would offer to the library community, and to develop a functional specification with which such a service may be built. That work is now complete and accessible from the DLF website at http://www.diglib.org/collections/reg/reg.htm 4. Updated information about the progress of projects involved in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's e-journal archiving program. The DLF maintains web pages for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's e-journal archiving program. The program involves seven institutions (the New York Public Library and the university libraries of Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale) in planning digital archival repositories for e-journals. Yale, Harvard, and Pennsylvania will work with individual publishers on archiving the range of their electronic journals. Cornell and the New York Public Library will work on archiving journals in specific disciplines. MIT's project involves archiving "dynamic" e-journals that change frequently, and Stanford's involves the development of specific archiving software tools. The web pages (available from http://www.diglib.org/preserve/ejp.htm) offer periodically updated progress reports from the seven institutions as well as additional information about the projects. The progress report on work at Yale University has been updated most recently.