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Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices

Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

“One thing is that books satisfy users’ curiosity, and a very different one that is that it might represent the identity of the community them belong to”. Argentinian librarian Daniel Canosa questions the role and function of local libraries. On Infotecarios network he writes:

"Indigneous libraries [should] generate knowledge from local and community participation, provide a way of understanding, that in time is a way of building identity. The thing is if what libraries provide represent what each community knows, if what a librarian builds with their community allows a true affinity with people's historic memory. This is not about new ideas, but things should move forward questioning those ideas.
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If libraries spread people's production from their own places, then not only the elites won't be then only ones in the world of information." (translation)

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Q&A: how archives make history

Q&A: how archives make history | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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The early modern period (1500-1800) saw a surge in the keeping of records. A conference later this week (9-10 April 2014) at the British Academy will look at the origins of the archives that shape our understanding of history.

We asked ten of the conference participants to answer some key questions about archives with particular reference to the period 1500 to 1800.

1. What constitutes an archive in the early modern period?

2. How is our understanding of history shaped by archives?

3. How are archives created?

4. Why were some records kept and others lost – and what can we learn from the gaps, silences and absences? 

5. What can we learn about (and from) the organisation of archives?

6. What archives are you using in your current research?

7. What particular challenges do archives present to you as a researcher?

8. What is the relationship between private and public record-keeping?

9. How can we best facilitate access to archives?

10. What has been your most memorable or frustrating ‘archive moment’?

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One woman's incredible VHS collection will live forever on the Internet

One woman's incredible VHS collection will live forever on the Internet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Marion Stokes taped the news for 30 years. Now the Internet Archive is digitizing her vision.

 

"When Marion Stokes passed away in 2012, she left behind a family and personal legacy. She also left 40,000 VHS and Betamax tapes in her Philadelphia home, filled with local and national news shows she’d dutifully recorded for three decades.

Last fall, her son, Michael Metelits, reached out to the Internet Archive, a San Francisco–based nonprofit focused on cataloging archived websites and digitizing cultural artifacts like TV shows, books, video, and live concerts.

Between 1976 and 2012, Stokes taped shows she thought might be important one day. Metelits says there were two triggers for her to start: The Iran hostage crisis of 1979, and CNN launching as a 24-hour news source. She wanted to catch news as it evolved. 

The Internet Archive took on her massive collection, and earlier this week, the first digitizations from the project were uploaded to the site for free download. It’s a talk show called Input, which Stokes coproduced with her husband, John Stokes Jr. The program aired Sunday mornings in Philadelphia between 1968 and 1971."

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The Internet Archive digitising Marion Stokes' vision after she left behind a legacy of news television recordings!

The passion of one person left behind a legacy of heritage! Very valuable!

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McDonald's has it's own official certified archivist, Michael Bullington

McDonald's has it's own official certified archivist, Michael Bullington | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

"Meet Michael Bullington, McDonald's Archivist

Recording and preserving more than 57 years of history for one of the world’s most recognized brands is a big job. Luckily, Michael Bullington, McDonald’s official certified archivist, is always up for the challenge.

Bullington’s days managing the Golden Archives at McDonald’s consist of everything from responding to requests about the company’s history, to assisting with television interviews to commemorate special milestones such as the 30th anniversary of the Happy Meal."

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25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome

25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Temple:

"Librarians, in case you hadn't heard, are essential members of society -- likely to expand minds wherever they go -- and, as such, are fully worthy of hero worship..."

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Photos of librarians from the past!

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Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal

Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire”
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Archivist Heather Halpin Perez has become something of a celebrity since HBO's hit show about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire, launched in 2010. But Perez, who manages the Alfred M. Heston Collection at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, says the work she does for the show is just another part of her job."
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Library and Information History - timeline

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A timeline of libraries and information history including technologies, epic events and just cool things you didn't know before.

Via Joao Brogueira, Errol A. Adams JD/MLS
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10 Questions to Ask a Research Facility Before You Visit

By Kimberly Powell:

 

"Whether you're planning a trip to the State Historical Society, the Family History Library, the National Archives or the local courthouse, it pays to be prepared. Avoid frustration and increase your research time by asking these 10 question in advance of your visit.
1. What are the regular research hours?

2. Are there any holidays or special closures?

3. In what form are the records available?

4. Are there any record restrictions that will affect research?

5. What unique records or collections are available?

6. Are there restrictions on copying?

7. What can and can't I bring with me to the facility? Anything I absolutely need to bring?

8. What are the best times to visit?

9. Is there a lunchroom? Nearby parking? Public transportation?

10. Is there a particular archivist, librarian or staff member who specializes in my area of interest?"

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On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Nifty use of Facebook by @unrkc to share alumni stories: http://t.co/AZrQsA2e. Much like @MaggieBoyd1873 project.

 

Facebook user “joe1915” writes wall posts that would be familiar to any college student these days: He stresses about tests, roots for his university’s football team, and shows off photos from campus dances.But Joe McDonald isn’t an average smartphone-toting student.

He died in 1971 — 33 years before Facebook arrived on the Web.

Donnelyn Curtis, the director of research collections and services at the University of Nevada at Reno, created Facebook profiles for Mr. McDonald and his wife, Leola Lewis, to give students a glimpse of university life during the couple’s college days. Ms. Lewis graduated in 1913, and Mr. McDonald earned his degree in mechanical engineering two years later.

With approval from Mr. McDonald’s granddaughter, Peggy McDonald, Ms. Curtis said she’s using archival material for a history project designed to appeal to a wider audience than the typical patrons of special collections.

“We’re just trying to help history come alive a little bit for students,” she said. At first, only extended family members bothered to “friend” with the pair’s profiles, but as the audience grew, Ms. Curtis said she had to find a humorous voice that would appeal to contemporary students who use Facebook every day.

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Themeefy | Evolution Of Libraries

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Brief overview of the evolution of libraries since the library in Alexandria to content curation on the Web.

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LIASA 1997-2007: background and recent history, by Clare M Walker

"The founding of the South African Library Association (SALA) as a national body was the first step on a journey towards the creation of a strong, viable entity to serve the li-brary and information services (LIS) profession. LIS practitioners have for more than 75 years been striving in a variety of arenas, both nationally and internationally, for recog-nition as the voice and advocate of LIS in South Africa.

The latest in this line of associations, the now ten-year-old democratic and fully rep-resentative Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), came into ex-istence in 1997, three years after the first post-apartheid South African government took office under Nelson Mandela in 1994. In August 2007, ten years after the founding Con-stituent Conference and admission of LIASA to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the World Library and Information Congress of IFLA, the WLIC, is being hosted for the first time in South Africa."

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The history, background and information about the Library and Information Association of South Africa!

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]

A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe. 


Via ZAP s.a., Helen Wybrants
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Manuel Pinto's curator insight, April 20, 2014 12:17 PM

More a timeline than a history. Useful, anyway.

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]
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I thought you might find this interesting.

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Portrait of an archivist: Archivist Alison Kenney - City of Westminster Archives

Portrait of an archivist: Archivist Alison Kenney - City of Westminster Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Find out about the work of Archivist Alison Kenney, who has worked at the City of Westminster Archives Centre for 31 years:

 

"What qualities do you think the archivist can bring to society?
Perspective! – we view everything that happens now against a backdrop of centuries of history. But we’re also always thinking of the future and the legacy we’re leaving to future generations. I think archivists can bring a fair degree of impartiality to the decisions about which records to keep and which to destroy. Basically, good record keeping is essential for a democratic society. You’ve only to think of the despotic regimes throughout the world, which destroy government records to deny citizens their rights, or else invade their privacy by recording every minute detail of their lives, to see just how important an issue this is."

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PopUp Archive serves up thousands of hours of ‘lost’ radio broadcasts

By Paul Sawers If you have a penchant for perusing historical broadcasts, then you might just like PopUp Archive. Launched last week in cahoots with the Public Radio Exchange, PopUp Archive serves up thousands of hours of lost radio broadcasts, including interviews with some well-known names – check out Buster Keaton explaining silent film captioning to Studs Terkel. PopUp Archive’s technology ‘listens’ to the audio, tags and timestamps it, thus making it searchable by keywords. So if an old interview is uploaded without any accompanying notes, this makes it possible for you to carry out broad searches on its database for mentions of names and events within the broadcast.
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Interview with Coca-Cola archivist Phil Mooney

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Archivist Phil Mooney Reflects on 35 Years of Preserving Coca-Cola’s History and Helping Shape its Future (Archivist Phil Mooney Reflects on 35 Years of Preserving Coca-Cola’s History http://t.co/BA8ivcQaXS...

 

Aside from chronicling, cataloging and curating the company’s advertising materials and more – including rare artwork and collectibles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – Mooney has served as the brand’s storyteller-in-chief, bringing a historian’s perspective to interviews with The Today Show, the History Channel, CNN and CNBC. He was even once an answer on the trivia game show, Jeopardy!

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Coca-Cola Archivist Phil Mooney on 35 years in archiving.

> Interesting that he became the brand's storyteller-in-chief!

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Villagers record their own memories on online archive - This is Somerset

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This is Somerset
Villagers record their own memories on online archive
Volunteers from the Quest project and Bath Spa University's history department have been carrying out the "people's survey" encouraging people to share a special person, place, building or object for the archive."
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Bringing History to the Future: How Libraries Are Reinventing Photo Collections | TechSoup for Libraries

Bringing History to the Future: How Libraries Are Reinventing Photo Collections | TechSoup for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Libraries are using new technologies to are breathing new life into their digital photo collections. At the Future of Libraries 8.0 conference in San Francisco, librarians from the San Jose Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library discussed how they're using geocoding, crowdsourcing, and augmented reality with their digital photo archives."

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"With Scan Jose open on your mobile phone or browser, you can view historic images from the collections of the San Jose Public Library and the Sourisseau Academy while actually visiting the locations those pictures were originally taken in. The San Jose Public Library encourages users to write comments and add to the collective history of the city. To use Scan Jose, simply enter www.scanjose.org on your smartphone or tablet browsers (iOS, Android, Blackberry, or Windows Mobile). Of course, you'll have to actually be physically in the city of San Jose to get the full effect."

 

"The best part about these projects is that it required no expenses on the part of the San Francisco Public Library. They simply advertised the projects via social media and people got excited and wanted to participate. The librarians at both SJPL and SFPL encourage other libraries to explore other ways to present their digital photo archives. You never know what a local history buff/programmer might come up with!"


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Archivist to begin column in local newspaper « The Packet Newspaper

Archivist to begin column in local newspaper « The Packet Newspaper | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Archivist Mona K. Vance was featured in The Packet newspaper last week. She will be writing a montly column called “Histories Mysteries” and will discuss topics ranging anywhere from genealogy to preservation and from history to archives projects

 

First article here: http://packet-media.com/2012/07/28/a-peek-at-the-past/

 

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Archivists and historians–Am I giving archivists too much credit? | ArchivesNext

RT @archivesnext: Thanks for the lively discussion on "Archivists and historians–Am I giving archivists too much credit?

 

"In case you’re not following me on Twitter, I’m nervously preparing to participate in my first annual meeting of the American Historical Association, where I’m part of a panel that will be discussing Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and the Archives by Francis X. Blouin, Jr. (Bentley Historical Library) and William Rosenberg (Univ. of Michigan). You can read more about Blouin and Rosenberg’s arguments in this interview.

 

I only have fifteen minutes or so to convey something I hope will be brilliant and provocative, so I’m planning to focus on the two concluding recommendations the book makes for archivists. The first concerns the perceived inability of archivists to understand the historical context of their records or the potential value of those records for researchers:

 

'Many archivists schooled in the technologies of information management may resist the idea, but the inherent historicity of all archives leads us to suggest that understanding the kinds of questions scholars might want to put to their documents may be as important as assessing their evidentiary and institutional value. Records in digital archives clearly have to be understood in these terms if they are to have some value beyond their current use, if they are to serve as future testimony to past processes and practices. . . . Moreover, archivists will only be able to maintain their important roles as reference counselors and curators if they have some understanding of the historical issues implicit in their materials. This will also help assure that their repositories remain at least partially connected to the needs and cultures of all their users . . . [211]' "

 

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