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More Podcast, Less Process: The Video word made flesh - Jefferson Bailey & Joshua Ranger (Podcast)

More Podcast, Less Process: The Video word made flesh - Jefferson Bailey & Joshua Ranger (Podcast) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"More Podcast, Less Process is a podcast featuring interviews with archivists, librarians, preservationists, technologists, and information professionals about interesting work and projects within and involving archives, special collections, and cultural heritage. Topics include appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference, outreach and education, collection management, physical and digital preservation, and infrastructure and technology.

Hosts: Jefferson Bailey, Metropolitan New York Library Council & Joshua Ranger, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.

Episodes are available here and through Internet Archive, SoundCloud, iTunes, and direct download. You can also follow via the RSS feed. All episodes are released CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US. For more information, email Jefferson at jbailey at metro dot org."

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Interview with archivists about video archiving.

Check series of podcasts (7 before this one) here: http://keepingcollections.org/more-podcast-less-process/

 

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Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre

Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Preservation Case Studies for Archives is an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution. Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way. The students do most of the talking and are stimulated by learning in a supportive environment. Each case study contains important activities that help guide the direction and focus of the discussion by the teacher who leads through questioning and observation. Students learn from their fellow students’ experiences and perspectives in an exciting forum that puts them in the centre of real world situations and requires them to develop real world solutions.

About the Authors -- Jim Lindner and Mick Newnham have worked as lecturers and instructors teaching archive management for over two decades. 

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Case studies - a way of learning and teaching for archive studies!

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Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We recently spoke to Vani Natarajan, a librarian at Barnard College in New York City, about her trip as part of a delegation of librarians and archivists to Palestine. The librarians and archivists’ solidarity statement details how they respected the call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel during their visit.

Their zine and blog document the lighter side of their trip — check out the page on the cats they came across — as well as the necessary education on how information access and erasure have become a means of war and occupation within the Palestinian context. They “bore witness to a culture of resistance, which in all its myriad forms resoundingly refutes the notion that Palestine does not exist.”

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Check out the blog about the visit!

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Content Curation: Beyond the Institutional Repository and Library Archives - Crystal Renfro

Content Curation: Beyond the Institutional Repository and Library Archives - Crystal Renfro | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Crystal Renfro:

"If you are an academic librarian, you have been hearing about Data Curation, Content Curation, Information Curation or Digital Curation for years. And the terms can be applied in several different ways. There are the curation activities surrounding purchased library materials and the curation of faculty and student items (like theses and dissertations for example). Archivists have been intimately involved with all sorts of curation activities since archives existed, and were early adopters of digital curation and finding aids for the items they maintained. Most recently, Data Curation has been in the forefront of librarian discussions in response to government mandates to make research information widely available; first with the medical field, and more recently with the National Science Foundation requirements for data curation plans in all NSF grants."

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Curation for librarians and archivists explained!

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Archives and archivists on Tumblr, compiled by Rebecca Hopman

Archives and archivists on Tumblr, compiled by Rebecca Hopman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"This is a list of archives and archivists on Tumblr. Make sure to also check out thelifeguardlibrarian's list of libraries and librarians and museumnerd's list of museums. Send me a note in my “Ask” box if you’d like to be added."


Archives, Special Collections, & Archives Groups


See here: http://ex-tabulis.tumblr.com/archivists

 

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Great list!

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Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia

Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In the digital age, it’s easy to forget that the millions of physical photographs that exist in the world still need a physical home — somewhere they will be cared for so they don’t fall into decay or vanish without a trace. Bill Bonner is the caretaker of National Geographic’s immense archive of vintage photos, and this video from its Proof blog takes us inside.

National Geographic is home to some 11 million photographs, eight million of which are overseen by Bonner in the basement of their headquarters in Washington DC. The collection spans well over 100 years of image making, and Bonner claims to have looked at every single image in his archive."

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A video showing some of the gems of this photograph treasure!

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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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Interesting!

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13 More Wonderful Librarian Tattoos

13 More Wonderful Librarian Tattoos | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"[...] already shown 11 great librarian tattoos  (http://mentalfloss.com/article/12483/11-amazing-librarian-tattoos), but as I’m sure you can imagine, that is by no means the full extent of librarians with book-related ink.

Here are 13 more librarians with fantastic tattoos related to their choice of career."

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Inspiring!

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Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre

Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Preservation Case Studies for Archives is an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution. Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way. The students do most of the talking and are stimulated by learning in a supportive environment. Each case study contains important activities that help guide the direction and focus of the discussion by the teacher who leads through questioning and observation. Students learn from their fellow students’ experiences and perspectives in an exciting forum that puts them in the centre of real world situations and requires them to develop real world solutions."


Buy the copies here: https://www.prestocentre.org/bookshop

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Great for students and archivists already in the profession!

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Gary Brannan: A day in the life of an Archivist

Gary Brannan: A day in the life of an Archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Our 'day in the life of an archivist' series for #explorearchives continues with @gbrannanarchive http://t.co/hogyOQzzhY #exploreyourarchive

 

This blog post is part of a series for Explore Your Archive.

 Rule 1 of being a local authority Archivist. There is no typical day.

 

Rule 2 of being a local authority Archivist. You shall eat cake.

 

How does a typical day begin? The main point is that there is no such thing as a typical day. There are common elements. There will be researchers. Possibly, lots of researchers. But they’ll all be studying different things. Some will be absolute experts, others absolute beginners. There will be documents to interpret. Some of them easy, others less so. There will also be collections to work on, some of them interesting, and some of them the archival equivalent of a strong mug of Horlicks.

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