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Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video

Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Andrew Mclaughlin:

"Librarians + technology = a personal nirvana. There is no more awesome set of people doing more important work than the librarians and their nerd allies at the bleeding edge of library tech -- they are engaged in an underappreciated struggle to work out how mankind is going to preserve, extend, share, and democratize the sum of human knowledge in our increasingly digital age. So I was really psyched to go a do a talk at the 2012 Library Technology Conference about the technological forces driving the great policy issues of our age, along with an argument about why and where the library community should be engaged. Bonus for me: The event was at Macalester College, where I spent my high school summers taking Russian while trying to look like something other than the huge dork I was.

Here's my keynote, "Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge."

 

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/39110183

 

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Archivists without Borders Spain

"Archivists without Borders (AwB) International is the network made up of the Archivists without Borders associations and entities of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, France, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Its main objective is cooperation in the sphere of archives work in countries whose documentary heritage is in danger of disappearing or of suffering irreversible damage, with particular emphasis on the protection of human rights.

AwB International is governed by the International Charter (2008) and by the Regulations of the International Coordination Council of AwB International (2009).

If you would like to create an AwB association in your country or you would like to request our collaboration, please contact us at the electronic mail address: asf@arxivers.org"

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New trend? Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext

Kate T:

"New trend?Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext http://t.co/eAGshlcC..."

 

"I’m referring to this almost ebullient post by the Library of Congress’ Butch Lazorchak on the Signal blog, “#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World.” It’s a beautiful vision, and it’s great to hear that participating in the South By Southwest Interactive Conference has given him this kind of warm rosy optimistic glow.

Butch’s post bolsters my claim that “blurring of organizational roles” is a significant trend for archives. In an earlier draft of my trends post I had a list of trends I wanted to see, and although I didn’t phrase it in quite the same way, “librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world” is pretty close. It’s my hope (and Butch’s vision) that LAM professionals can emerge as leaders in the evolving digital world. But this will only happen if more of them engage in wider discussions, as some LAM representatives are doing."

 

Kate T's version of Trendswatch 2012 - The Archive's edition: http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=2608

 

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US National Archives director David Ferriero - Boston Globe

US National Archives director David Ferriero - Boston Globe | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Bryan Bender

David Ferriero - "The man entrusted with America’s documentary heritage - including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution"

 

"Ferriero now directs the National Archives in Washington, the first librarian to hold the post of official “collector in chief.’’ He not only oversees 12 billion pages and 40 million photographs that tell America’s story, he referees release of America’s oldest secrets, from the formula for invisible ink to battle plans for the Spanish-American War.

He favors openness, he says, but agencies cling to a maze of often-contradictory secrecy rules and a deep-seated culture to lock away even innocuous information. “While progress has been made,’’ Ferriero said, “we still have a huge problem.’’

Ferriero’s primary job is ensuring the 275 executive branch agencies retain the most important government records for posterity.

But he also oversees the National Declassification Center, created by President Obama by executive order in 2009. That makes him point man for an aggressive effort to try to release, by the end of next year, a backlog of an estimated 400 million records that are more than 25 years old."

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Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books

Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By DAVID STREITFELD:

"As society embraces all forms of digital entertainment, a latter-day Noah is looking the other way. Brewster Kahle, who runs the Internet Archive, a nonprofit, hopes to collect one copy of every book."

 

Richmond, Califf: "In a wooden warehouse in this industrial suburb, the 20th century is being stored in case of digital disaster.

Forty-foot shipping containers stacked two by two are stuffed with the most enduring, as well as some of the most forgettable, books of the era. Every week, 20,000 new volumes arrive, many of them donations from libraries and universities thrilled to unload material that has no place in the Internet Age."

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Jason Scott, Rogue Archivist « The Signal: Digital Preservation

Jason Scott, Rogue Archivist « The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
love this guy - Rogue Archivist « The Signal: @jasonscott http://t.co/RUwWSVDc...

 

Leslie Johnston: 

"I first encountered Jason Scott in mid- to late-2010 through a colleague who informed that me that if I did not know who he was, that I had better learn. Since then I have become a big fan of his passion for digital archiving and his drive to save collections and content that few organizations have considered part of their collecting scope, let alone something that required preservation. In 2011 Jason became affiliated with The Internet Archive, and he has been doing extensive work in building gathering a huge array of content, including open source software, shareware, and conference videos, but also the output of entire communities that was at risk of completely disappearing with little notice.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jason some questions about his work."

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What Archivists Do | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

What Archivists Do | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Collaboration by Marta Crilly, Nadia Dixon, and Marti Smallidge (What Archivists Do | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

 

(Archivist humour...)

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SABC Radio Archives celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay

SABC Radio Archives  celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

SABC Radio archives reflects on the 1st World Radio Day today, endorsed by UNESCO.

 

The SABC Radio Archives preserves material for the following reasons:

 

"- To preserve SABC broadcasts and raw material as a corporate function;
- To be of service as a well-organised source of broadcast material to the SABC;
-To preserve permanently highlights in the history of the development and broadcast patterns of broadcasting in South Africa;
-To bequeath to future generations an audio-image of South Africa at certain periods as it was portrayed by the SABC;
-To provide researchers with information and facts on sound carriers that are not available in any other form;
-To preserve, as part of the National Broadcaster’s function and as far as possible, complete recordings of the South African culture legends and oral traditions, including a comprehensive set of nature and habitat sounds of South Africa
- We truly preserve some of the most precious memories of our history in radio.
Our existence is because of the medium of radio, a medium which are able to reach more people than any other!"

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AOTUS: Collector in Chief | Thinking About the Future of Information Professionals

RT @USNatArchives: What skills/characteristics are needed to be an #archivist? #AOTUS @dferriero offers his thoughts.

 

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: 

 

" The next generation of Information Professionals

 

- People with a broader background than was the case when I was a graduate student. In addition to history, archives and library science, other subject matter areas are important. Above all, we want people who can connect archival work with real life experiences.
- Technical savvy is a given to work in a modern archives. And by savvy, I mean not just experience with the latest technologies, but also a sense of excitement and curiosity about putting those technologies to work
- A tolerance for ambiguity—if you need a blueprint of what your job is going to be like in five years, archives might not be the best fit.
- Highly developed collaborative skills. Can you play well with others?
- People with a strong passion for working with people. A customer-driven organization such as the one we are creating needs a customer-driven staff."

 

Full-text keynote address here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ALISE-keynote-address-as-delivered1.pdf 

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Lord of Curation Series: Karen du Toit Scoop.it

Lord of Curation Series: Karen du Toit Scoop.it | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I feel very honoured to have been included in the Lord of Curation series.

 

"Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on Scoop.it. They are here to share their insights and advice with you...."

 

Karen du Toit is an Information Specialist, who has worked as librarian and archivist..."

I give my thoughts on the value of curation and my curation secrets, as well as how it has enhanced my social media experience.

My advice to Information Specialists is to embrace the digital shift!

 

 

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