You can feel it in the air – the Fall Semester is right around the corner! Amidst the falling leaves, the backpacks filling with books, and the stress beginning to mount, you may be scheduling trainings for new student journal editors. No matter what your journal’s organizational structure and how many cite checkers you have on staff, the Perma Team is here to help you bring on new users and to remind your existing staff members what Perma can do for you!
Here are our top 5 tips for journals using Perma:
#1 – Any user affiliated with your journal’s organization on Perma can add new users. You can use whatever hierarchy you prefer for managing your staff members.
#2 – Users can be affiliated with more than one organization – if you have staff members who are cite checking for more than one journal, they can choose from the ‘affiliated with’ drop down menu when they are creating their Perma Links.
#3 – The ‘affiliate link with’ drop down menu gives users the option to create Perma Links associated with their journal(s), or themselves. Each user can create 10 personal links per month.
#4 – Demonstrating Perma at a journal training is easy – we recommend using http://arboretum.harvard.edu/ – a neutral subject page that we’ve found renders beautifully for demoing.
#5 – Feel free to organize your folders however you see fit! Some journals organize by issue and author name, others create folders for each journal staff member. Do whatever works for your editing process!
We also have training documentation available at https://perma.cc/docs/libraries#user-resources
If you have any questions, reach out to your institution’s Registrar User using our contact form: https://perma.cc/contact
Webrecorder creator, LIL fellow and Rhizome collaborator Ilya Kremer has recently created a machine-readable list of public archiving services on GitHub: https://github.com/webrecorder/public-web-archives.
The purpose of this is to “highlight, and help promote the sizable (and growing list!) of publicly accessible web archives all over the world, in a distributed and democratic way,’ as well as “to encourage interoperability and interconnectedness between different web archives.” In other words, both let people know about the range of archives and archiving services out there, and to encourage partnership between the archiving services (such as is found in the Memento framework).
Thanks Ilya! Be sure to check out his Perma-included list on GitHub!
As part of Perma’s recent grant from IMLS, we are working to expand Perma.cc beyond our current base of primarily law libraries into more academic and research libraries. Accordingly, we have formed an advisory board to assist Perma’s expansion in this direction. The board will serve as a structured way to receive guidance and perspective from leaders and librarians in and outside of the law world.
The advisors themselves are each experts in their fields of preservation, libraries, and digital strategy:
Nance McGovern – Director of Digital Preservation at MIT
Mary Minow – Advanced Leadership Initiative Senior Fellow at Harvard University
David Hollander – Law and Legal Studies Librarian at Princeton University
Suzanne Wones – Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovation at the Harvard Library
We are excited to have the participation of these individuals and look forward to working closely with them over the coming months!
Questions? Reach out to us at info @ perma.cc. and visit the Perma.cc to create your own free account!
The Perma team discovered over the past several months that many questions coming from our users were straightforward: pertaining to link creation limits, private links, and other basics. We realized if these sort of non-bug-related Q’s were fielded by the question-asker’s registrar users, it would improve connections between registrar users and those using Perma in their communities, as well as give the registrar users more visibility into how their communities are using it.
We are accordingly changing the way questions from Perma users are directed: when an org user submits a question via the Perma contact page, the question is emailed directly to their registrar users. The registrar user will then be able to field this, connecting them with the user who has submitted it.
The Perma team will still be cc’d on these emails and are available to be reached out to if the issue is a bug or technical issue. We’re excited for the increased collaboration between registrar users and their community that is to come from this change!
Questions? Shoot us an email at info @ perma.cc !
Some exciting recent appearances of Perma in the wild:
A recent issue of Society of American Archivist’s Archival Outlook featured an article outlining the SAA’s decision to adopt Perma.cc for their book publishing program:
Beginning this year, SAA books will include permalinks for all cited web resources, not just those that have been assigned a DOI or some other permalink.
This is possible because SAA’s book publishing program recently joined forces with perma.cc. SAA’s participation in the service is sponsored by the Digital Public Library of America and we hope it sets a model for other association publishers outside of law journals, for which perma.cc was originally developed.
When logged in at the perma.cc site, [book author Anthony] Cocciolo sees folders showing sites that have been archived both for his project and for other SAA book projects. This helps him keep track of his own citations and to see what other SAA authors are citing, while also helping editors improve the quality of SAA publications.
…[Graduate assistant Allison] Chomet noted that she was “impressed with how easy it is to use.”
SAA also “recommends that authors use the bookmarklet that perma.cc provides on their website, as a low-barrier way to capture citations. That way, permalinking won’t slow down the writing or editing process, and readers will see exactly what the author saw at the time of writing.”
In other news, President Obama penned a Harvard Law Review article on the President’s role in advancing criminal justice reform. This is the first time a sitting president has written a law review article.
The article includes 226 web citations, each of which include a Perma Link- ensuring readers of the article will have access to archives of the cited webpages, even if the source page changes or is taken down.
We’re excited Perma.cc is proving such an effective tool for the SAA, the HLR and President Obama to use for preservation and citation! Check out the SAA article in full here, and Pres. Obama’s article here.
Interested in trying out Perma yourself? Create your own account!
Perma’s latest release included a few tweaks to help our users better understand their link creation limits.
All institutional account holders are able to create an unlimited number of Perma Links, when the links are associated with an Organization that they’re in. To make this clearer, we’ve added a badge next to each Org’s name that reads.
“Personal Links” and Link Limit Banner
To further illuminate the fact that non-organization links are for that user alone – and subject to the 10 links/month limit – we’ve changed the name of My Links to “Personal Links.”
When an org user has only 3 links remaining in their Personal Links folder, they get a message that displays across the top of the screen, notifying them they’re nearing their personal link limit:
This will help encourage org users to utilize their unlimited link option by associating links with their given organization, rather than their Personal Links.
Try out Perma.cc yourself at https://perma.cc !
Educational technology librarian Deborah Ginsberg recently led a excellent “Cool Tools” workshop at the 2016 American Association of Law Libraries conference, wherein she demonstrated the utility of Perma.cc to many of the attendees. I caught up with Debbie a few weeks after the AALL conference to find out more about her (and her institution’s) thoughts on Perma.
Currently Educational Technology Librarian at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Debbie has been instrumental in promoting Perma.cc as a way to help those at Chicago-Kent Law fight link and reference-rot.
Originally hearing about Perma through email lists, Chicago-Kent use has primarily centered around faculty using it for their own articles and publications, as well as for in-class materials and links. Faculty members had also noted the New York Times article on Perma.cc, raising their interest in utilizing Perma. Debbie feels one of Perma’s best selling points is its sheer ease of use, and considers law journals as the best area to next expand Perma.cc usage at Chicago-Kent.
Follow Debbie on Twitter, and if you get the chance to catch one of her Cool Tools presentations at a conference do so!
We’re happy to announce the National Constitution Center has recently been brought on board as a Perma registrar. A private, nonprofit organization, the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA serves as one of America’s leading platforms for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.”
The National Constitution Center will be using Perma to develop their online Interactive Constitution, which presents the full text of the U.S. Constitution along with essays by leading scholars from across a range of perspectives, and to prevent link rot in their explainers and white papers.
The NCC reached out to us to see if they could become a Perma registrar. Interested in seeing if your nonprofit or legal organization may qualify? Contact us!
Logo used with permission from Lana Ulrich @ National Constitution Center.
This week’s release pushed out improves to a smattering of areas. Worth noting:
- UI: improvements to the navigation, as well as addressing a few bugs with the user login process.
- Size limit consistency: we’ve now set a fixed limit in Perma.cc archive sizes, as well as files (images, PDFs) that are uploaded to replace the screenshot view: 100 MB.
Questions? Feedback? Contact the Perma team!
Thanks to the hard work of our new Perma developer Rebecca Cremona, we’re happy to announce Perma.cc now has a snappy browser extension for easily creating Perma links, available in both Chrome and Firefox.
How does it work?
When you click the extension button in your browser (which appears as the Perma infinity symbol), a new window opens and directs you to the Create a Perma Link page, with the URL of the page you had been viewing automatically filled in.
Both extensions can be found at https://perma.cc/settings/tools, as well as in their respective browsers’ add-on/web stores:
The bookmarklet works similarly. the bookmarklet, which is also located in the Tools page, can be dragged into your browser’s bookmarks bar, and when you’re on a page you wish to Perma, simply click the bookmark and it will trigger the same process as above: opening a new Create Perma Link window with the URL auto-filled in.
We’re constantly working on more ways to make your Perma.cc experience faster and easier. Suggestions? Contact us!