The Information Professional
18.7K views | +2 today
Follow
The Information Professional
Librarians and Archivists in a fast-changing digital lanscape
Curated by Karen du Toit
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

World Radio Day on 13 February 2013 - highlighting the importance of radio

World Radio Day on 13 February 2013 - highlighting the importance of radio | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

February 13 is the day proclaimed by UNESCO and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate Radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves. UNESCO encourages all countries
to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, the media and the public.

Karen du Toit's insight:

The day promotes access to information and freedom of expression, which librarians and archivists strive to do as well!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Timbuktu Update – Blog – Tombouctou Manuscripts Project

Timbuktu Update – Blog – Tombouctou Manuscripts Project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it


(http://www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org)
Huma (Institute for humanities in Africa)
University of Cape Town

Since the start of this week there are reports about the destruction of library buildings and book collections in Timbuktu. It sounds as if the written heritage of the town went up in flames. According to our information this is not the case at all. The custodians of the libraries worked quietly throughout the rebel occupation of Timbuktu to ensure the safety of their materials. A limited number of items have been damaged or stolen, the infrastructure neglected and furnishings in the Ahmad Baba Institute library looted but from all our local sources – all intimately connected with the public and private collections in the town - there was no malicious destruction of any library or collection.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Luckily it seems that most have been saved by the hard work of the custodians of the collections!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology | Society of American Archivists

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology | Society of American Archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology:

...to establish and maintain mechanisms and procedures for allowing periodic updates and contributions of new content to A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology and to ensure that this important resource adheres to the highest quality professional standards.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Good resource for Archival & Records Terminology!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts

Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Islamist insurgents retreating from Timbuktu set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, according to the Saharan town's mayor, in an incident he described as a "devastating blow" to world heritage.

Hallé Ousmani Cissé told the Guardian that al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings that held the manuscripts, some of which dated back to the 13th century. They also burned down the town hall, the governor's office and an MP's residence, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military.

 

The manuscripts were held in two separate locations: an ageing library and a new South African-funded research centre, the Ahmad Babu Institute, less than a mile away. Completed in 2009 and named after a 17th-century Timbuktu scholar, the centre used state-of-the-art techniques to study and conserve the crumbling scrolls.

Both buildings were burned down, according to the mayor, who said the information came from an informer who had just left the town. Asked whether any of the manuscripts might have survived, Cissé replied: "I don't know."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Terrible news! Hope they would be able to recover some!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

'Not Google Waving, but Drowning?': Digital Literary Archives - Huffington Post UK (blog)

'Not Google Waving, but Drowning?': Digital Literary Archives - Huffington Post UK (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In terms of digital literary archives, one of the lessons for today's archivists is that so-called e-manuscripts are highly unstable, and need early curatorial intervention to secure them against the threats of technological obsolescence.


This means that the writers involved become increasingly aware of interest in their papers, and for novelist Jonathan Franzen, this changes everything: 'Unfortunately, I think that once writers become self-conscious about preserving archival material, the game is over...I also don't see how you resist the temptation to select material that suggests the most flattering narratives. And not just select, but actively create!'


[...new forms of digital archives will have wide-ranging implications for the ways that society experiences and remembers itself [...]

Karen du Toit's insight:

Digital archiving and the "loss" of cultural artefacts! 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians

Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This week we're showcasing a resource for the archivists out there. [...] Meredith Lowe, and her awesome resource: Archives Gig.

 

Link: http://archivesgig.livejournal.com/

 

 

Karen du Toit's insight:

Great resource for archivists in the US.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Digital engagement ... lessons from the front, by @myleejoseph | eRecords Project - #Instagram terms of service

Digital engagement ... lessons from the front, by @myleejoseph | eRecords Project - #Instagram terms of service | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The announcement by Instagram of a change in terms of service unleashed a huge reaction from #igers (Instagram users) and the broader community alike. It resulted in a carefully worded message from Kevin Systrom, Instagram's co-founder a day later.

Many libraries, museums, archives and galleries use social media tools for digital engagement with their clients and the community. Due diligence includes monitoring the shifting sands of terms of service in this space and active risk management but there are other aspects of digital engagement and lessons to note:
Karen du Toit's insight:

Valuable insight about Instagram planning to change their terms of service > something to consider for libraries and archives using the platform!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

'Your Twitter Archive' rolling out

'Your Twitter Archive' rolling out | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Twitter is finally rolling out a way for users to access their old tweets. The social network had previously promised the feature would be available by the end of the year, and some users are...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

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

Villagers record their own memories on online archive - This is Somerset | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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."
Karen du Toit's insight:

Great idea to enhance the content of an archive!

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Karen du Toit from Content Curation World
Scoop.it!

Exploratory Design for Curated Collections: Empowering Spatial, Experiential Interaction Through Information Landscapes

Exploratory Design for Curated Collections: Empowering Spatial, Experiential Interaction Through Information Landscapes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Robin Good:

"Tim Wray explores the new frontiers of curated collections (from a museum perspective), and in doing so, he analyzes the concept of "landscapes", a possible emerging metaphor for how large sets of relevant information items could be better organized for viewing, even outside the specific museum setting.

 

His goal in doing this is one of finding out how to build effective interfaces that reveal and unravel narratives within collections. How can that be designed into the collection?

 

Tim Wray is particularly interested in this research, because he is also the brain behind a new and upcoming app called A Place for Art, and which has likely lots to do with art exploration and discovery.

 

The key point he makes in this interesting article (part of a longer series) is the illustration of the two concepts of "containers" and "landscapes", and about how they closely relate to the organization and access of curated collections.

 

In Tim Wray's view, the future, especially when we look at large collections, is in the increased adoption of "landscapes" organizing approaches versus the ever-present "container" approach we use for most collections today.

 

He writes: "I hint at the necessary shift from the former to the latter as a mechanism for providing context for objects, and how landscapes – combined with engaging interaction designs and the notion of pliability – can used as a way of providing immersive experiences for museum collections."

 

I think that Tim's ideas reflect a growing critical issue for anyone who attempts to curate large collections of information items: having an organization and navigation system that helps the newcomer, find and discover what it may interest him the most.

 

I myself feel quite frustrated by the absence of curation tools that truly allow me to organize and make accessible / discoverable large lists of information items in more effectives ways than the typical list, table or grid.

 

But I am positive that the future of curation will inevitably revolve around those who will find, invent and design new and effective ways to do so.

 

P.S.: Tim Wray is a PhD student that looks at how computational methods and interaction design can be used to create beautiful, engaging experiences for museum collections."

 

Very Interesting. Must-read for app designers. 9/10

 

Full article: http://timwray.net/2012/07/collections-as-landscapes-thoughts-in-experiential-interaction/

 

 


Via Robin Good
more...
No comment yet.