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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) - The Atlantic

The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) - The Atlantic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) The Atlantic ""All of the modern formats weren't really made to last a long period of time," saidFenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress. "They were really more developed for mass production."

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"And the disappearance of CD players is just as significant as the failure of CDs. "Quite often, [preservation] is being cast as a separation of physical and digital, whereas in fact the whole concept is the same. Even digital is still played on a physical medium."

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The problem of obsolescence of formats - especially with regards audio/sound archives! 

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Who inherits your iTunes library?

Who inherits your iTunes library? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Many of us will accumulate vast libraries of digital books and music over the course of our lifetimes. But when we die, our collections of words and music may expire with us. (Who inherits your iTunes library?
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Interesting discussion about digital ownership after your death! Something to think about!

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Librarians Recreate Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” Are Coolest Librarians Ever

Librarians Recreate Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” Are Coolest Librarians Ever | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Maia Brown-Jackson:

"You might imagine librarians spend their spare time sitting by the fire rereading Shakespeare. While that may hold true for some, a few others would rather show the world just what happens if you aren’t quiet in the library and made possibly the best music video ever: Beastie Boys “Sabotage” starring librarians."

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Super cool and super funny!! 

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Preserving analog films and music at the Library of Congress - The Verge

Preserving analog films and music at the Library of Congress - The Verge | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Preserving analog films and music at the Library of Congress
The Verge
Libraries preserve and circulate more than just books, and the Library of Congress is no exception.

Glenn Fleishman tours the facility.

Video here: http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/

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Audio-visual conservation at the LC

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Brooklyn librarians form band and rock out - New York Daily News

Brooklyn librarians form band and rock out - New York Daily News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Mark Morales / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

"These Brooklyn librarians have gone from shelving books to rocking out in a band.
The six librarians have formed a roving band called Lost in the Stacks - a jazz and blues band that plays at book festivals and branches all over the city.
The group is a far cry from the stern stereotypes of librarians.
“This gives the people another image of librarians,” said the band’s founding member, Jack McCleland, 65, the head librarian at the main branch at Grand Army Plaza.
“There’s this stereotype of librarians being this older woman with her hair in a bun shushing everyone. We’re not like that. We have a lot of very hip and very cool people.”

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/shush-brooklyn-librarians-form-band-rock-article-1.1112283#ixzz20OThrVwX

 

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Preserving songs from fragile records for posterity with IRENE #archives #audio

Preserving songs from fragile records for posterity with IRENE #archives #audio | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

ASHA SRIDHAR:

"As an ageing record spins untouched by the spokes of a gramophone at the Roja Muthiah Research Library, M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar's timeless song Un Azhagai Kaana from the movie Thiruneelakantar is converted into 2-d black and white images by a device called IRENE, preserving it for posterity.

Other than the Library of Congress in the United States, Roja Muthiah Research Library is the only institution that has IRENE (Image Reconstruct Erase Noise Etc), an ingenious device that helps in archiving audio content of old records without scratching or even touching the record, says G. Sundar, director of the library.

IRENE, which reached the library two weeks ago, has just been set up, and will help the library archive audio content from records which are too fragile to be played with a conventional player or are deteriorating. “A high-end camera captures images of the grooves as the record is rotating. The software acts as a virtual needle by detecting the edges of the grooves. These images are then converted into sound files,” he says."

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SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music

SABC Media Libraries: ILAM travelling exhibition at SABC: For Future Generations – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The four interns of the SABC Radio Archives, which form part of the SABC Media Libraries, visited the ILAM travelling exhibition in the SABC foyer in Auckland Park. The exhibition will still be here until the 28th of October 2011.

The title of the exhibition:

"For future generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music".

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Libraries add music downloads to the mix

DOWNLOADING music often presents people with an uncomfortable choice: free or legal.
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Libraries invite artists and musicians to move in upstairs - Brooklyn Public Library

Libraries invite artists and musicians to move in upstairs - Brooklyn Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Bands and painters will soon be able to get their artistic groove on above the stacks at libraries in Williamsburg and Red Hook.

Spaceworks, an organization tasked with using taxpayer money to create art spaces around the city, plans to build practice and studio spaces in the Williamsburg and Red Hook branches of the Brooklyn Public Library. Taking over the public space for private use is the perfect way to provide much-needed cheap digs to creative types, an organizer said.

“We were created to address the issue of affordability for artists,” said Spaceworks executive director Paul Parkhill. “We are looking to do projects that are 15 or 20 years at least to make sure they are stabilizing forces in the community.”

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The use of library spaces - future of libraries!

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Marketing Your Music Through Your Local Library - Clyde Smith at hypebot

Marketing Your Music Through Your Local Library - Clyde Smith at hypebot | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"NPR recently ran a feature about local public libraries building streamable and downloadable collections of digital music from local musicians. It's a powerful way for libraries to serve members of their community. In fact, even at libaries that don't have such special programs, there are a variety of ways you can promote your music through normal things libraries do.

Clay Masters profiled public library music programs starting off with the Iowa City Library Local Music Project. It's a program featuring free downloads of over 100 albums from local musicians."

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"Libraries of all kinds tend to do similar things relevant to music marketing:

maintain collections for a community's access and use,

create displays related to the library's collection or broader mission,

offer public presentations that can range from speakers to performers.

All three of these areas offer ways to market one's music:

donating one's music to a local library's collection,

volunteering to provide materials for displays related to local music,

performing for free in a library venue."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Music marketing through the local library! 

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Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline

Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Katie Kormann:

"Fort Smith Public Library cardholders can now do more than check out books. The library has partnered up with Freegal Music – a combination of the words “free” and “legal” – to offer its cardholders access to millions of free songs."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Freegal free music at the library - available online!

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