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Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ...

Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY DAVID OLSON:

 

"[...] through Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, the National Archives is showcasing some of its most compelling photos and documents to anyone with a computer. The hope is that some will be enticed to visit the 23,500-square-foot center.
“This is providing access to our records in a way that people currently expect to access records: online,” said Pam Wright, chief digital access strategist for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. “It’s about opening up and being more transparent, participatory and collaborative.”
The National Archives at Riverside — the official name of the regional archives center, even though it’s closer to Perris — is at the forefront of promoting its vast collection through social media."

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An Archive of Memories: Viewing War Footage Critically ...

An Archive of Memories: Viewing War Footage Critically ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Amita Arudpragasam:

"Another argument for why we are obliged now, more than ever before, to discern what photography we deem important, is because in this post-war period we are in the process of creating an archive of memories..."

 

"For many in Sri Lanka and around the globe, war is generic. Images of war victims are anonymous and nonspecific. If the caption on a photograph of a child war victim is altered, the meaning of the image can be changed and the photo reused in different contexts and by different parties – by LTTE advocates, different political factions, or by the Sri Lankan government. Do photographs of war victims necessarily vivify the condemnation of war? No. The same photograph that can be used as a call for peace can be used as a cry for revenge, as exaltation of a warring party, as acknowledgement that terrible things happen, or even as intimation that terrible things will continue to happen. The uses of the same Sri Lankan war footage can be diverse, from the promotion of the military, to appeals for peace, to ammunition for Human Rights activists. While photographs have a creator and so represent the view of someone, photographer intent does not necessarily determine the meaning of a photograph – processed images take on a life of their own depending on what context they are viewed in, and by whom. How a photograph is understood depends on the organizing idea, the moment, the place, the uses and the identification of the picture. So what should we take a photograph to mean? It might seem that photographs are simply a crude statement of fact addressed to the eye. But this belief is misleading and outdated. Photographs, as evidenced by their numerous adaptable uses are both objective record and personal testimony, a faithful copy or transcription of reality and an interpretation of that reality."

 

A valuable argument for the archivist to keep in mind.

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Who will preserve the past for future generations?

Who will preserve the past for future generations? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

J.L. GRANATSTEIN:

"Reducing library resources and breaking up the national archives will cause irreparable harm to nationhood..." > Library and Archives Canada

 

 

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Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Our top 5 – Why recordkeeping is awesome! #archday12

Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Our top 5 – Why recordkeeping is awesome! #archday12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"June 9 is International Archives Day and together with our blog sisters at Archives Outside, Future Proof is celebrating! Go and check out Archives Outside’s Archives are Awesome post while here at Future Proof we are celebrating all things recordkeeping.

 

Here are our top 5 reasons why we think recordkeeping is awesome.

1. Good recordkeeping promotes efficiency

2. Good recordkeeping supports better decision making and reuse of information

3. Good recordkeeping supports accountability

4. Good recordkeeping adds value to your business

5. Good recordkeeping mitigates risks to your organisation"

 

 

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The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College

The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David Chalifoux is man with a mission. That mission: to store and protect the 137790 books, journals, VHS tapes, and microfilm from the college's libraries. Dave is the supervisor at Williams' Library Shelving Facility (LSF), a concrete, off-site storage space that is currently housing objects from Sawyer Library, Schow Library, Archives and Special Collections, and Chapin Library of Rare Books while the new library complex is being built. The LSF is also the permanent home of low-usage journals from Sawyer."

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International Archives Day on June 9th! @AskArchivists #archday12

International Archives Day on June 9th! @AskArchivists #archday12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ask Archivists: "It´s allmost there again! The greatest day of the year – International Archives Day! We know it´s on a Saturday – but let´s celebrate anyway! Let´s show off our archival holdings..."

 

"We invite you to tweet your most precious document, your best online services and finest webcontent, the coolest pics of users socializing and using the collections." 

 

The hashtag #archday12

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ArchivesInfo: 5 Mistakes New Archives Consultants (and Others) Make in Small Institutions

ArchivesInfo: 5 Mistakes New Archives Consultants (and Others) Make in Small Institutions | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Melissa Mannon:

"The biggest mistake I see new consultants make is jumping into a situation with theory at the forefront of their brains. It is not practical for every repository to reach the pinnacle of archival perfection. Theory should be kept in the back of the brain while one evaluates a site and determines how much theory can be realistically applied to a certain situation."

1. Aiming for the Ideal

2. Overestimating what is fiscally feasible

3. Overestimating Staffing

4. Forgetting or Not Realizing Political Considerations

6. Discounting Community"

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Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history - Ars Technica

Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history - Ars Technica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Chris Foreman:

Ars Technica"One of the biggest challenges in the field of digital librarianship is simply trying to evolve as fast as technology," Pike said, "because we need to also keep up..."

 

Robin Pike (certified archivist currently serving as a Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Maryland):

"We are the custodians of what has been created and are enabling access—ideally free and unlimited—for the future," Pike said. "No matter what is created and where it is created, if it is important, some librarian, archivist, or records manager is capturing it and saving it for the future. In addition to saving the digital objects, we need to make them accessible so people can use and reuse the materials."

"We are the custodians of human history."


Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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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: Springbok Radio handover to SABC

SABC Media Libraries: Springbok Radio handover to SABC | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Photo by Peter Jaquire.

 

The Springbok Radio Preservation Society handed back their collection of archive material of Springbok Radio which was on the airwaves from 1950 - 1985 in South Africa.

During those days there was no archive, and the material would have been lost, if it had not been for efforts by people to preserve and collect that material.

Frans Erasmus has been instrumental in the Springbok Radio Preservation Society, and streamed a weekly update of material on the Internet.

The material is back in the SABC Radio Archives at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

 

Links:

Media release: http://sabcmedialib.blogspot.com/2012/05/hand-over-of-springbok-radio-archive.html

 

About Frans Erasmus: http://sabcmedialib.blogspot.com/2012/05/hand-over-of-springbok-radio-archive.html

 

 

Picasa Slideshow of the handover function: http://sabcmedialib.blogspot.com/2012/05/picasa-slideshow-of-springbok-radio.html

 

 

Springbok Radio website: http://www.sabc.co.za/springbokRadio/index.html

 

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iLibrarian » Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard through Protopage

iLibrarian » Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard through Protopage | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Create your own social media monitoring dashboard." - Valuable to all libraries, archives and museums


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What is Linked Open Data? Europeana releases an animation to explain | Open GLAM - Vimeo animation

What is Linked Open Data? Europeana releases an animation to explain | Open GLAM - Vimeo animation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Joris Pekel is a Berlin based Community Coordinator for the OKFN and works specifically with digital heritage. He is co-editor of the Open GLAM blog:

 

"Linked Open Data is getting more attention from the information world, as well as from memory institutions. But what exactly is it and more important, why is it a good thing? To explain this, Europeana has released an animation."

 

 

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Libraries digitise ancient texts - BBC News

Libraries digitise ancient texts - BBC News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican's Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online.

 

"The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes, said: 'We are very grateful to Dr Polonsky for his insight into the importance of widening access to the fundamental texts which have had a major impact on the development of civilisation.

"By making these collections available online we give the wider public access to a small, but significant part of the world's heritage.'"

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Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian

Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
National records are vital to democracy, yet they are consistently neglected by the government, writes Shula Marks.

 

"Yet in the modern state we depend on written records for our human rights at the most basic level.

"Our governments need records to keep track of their decisions and transactions, as well as their outcomes. As citizens we need records to keep our governments accountable, register our land claims, protect our legal status and claim our pension rights. Indeed, public records are, as the International Records Management Trust proclaims, “fundamental to the concepts of democratic society”.

 

“In the absence of well-managed records,” it states, “information can be manipulated, citizens cannot prove unequal treatment and human rights violations become difficult to challenge. The people cannot make an informed contribution to the governance process.”

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Libraries, Archives and Museums: A Strategic Conversation: Opening Talk

Monday, April 9 For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research ...youtube.com...

 

"For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research, teaching, and learning carried out both within the university, and also beyond its walls. In an increasingly connected global society, interdisciplinary work is becoming the norm and researchers increasingly seek and share information across formats, genres, and institutional settings. To support users and to continue to grow and thrive, libraries, archives, and museums must work and grow together as never before. This "strategic conversation" brings together those who have given thought to these issues. They have inspired changes and faced challenges along the way. Three presenters, one of each from the domains of libraries, archives, and museums, will outline the vision they bring to their institutions, how they envision the major points of commonality, their greatest hurdles, and how the lessons learned in collection development of physical collections, do or do not apply to collection development in the digital domain.
Libraries: Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost of Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary

Archives: David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Museums: Holly Witchey, Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Interim Director, Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts

Moderator: Gunter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program, Smithsonian"


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Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video

Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ant Miller (BBC Research and Development Blog):

"In this second part of the Archive Research film we take a look at the key challenges addressed by the 'preservation' work of R&D and the BBC Information & Archives teams.  With interviews from Dr Richard Wright, Adrian Williams of I&A and others, Alex Mansfield gets to the bottom of the latest technologies being used to ensure that the critical challenge of obsolescence is handled, and handled effectively and efficiency.

With huge files, and critical quality checks essential to preserving the legacy of the archive, the best efforts of engineers and archivists are being applied to saving this content for the future."

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Archives Outside » Our Top 5 – why Archives are Awesome #archday12

Archives Outside » Our Top 5 – why Archives are Awesome #archday12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Archive Outside

 

"Top 5 why archives are awesome:

 

1. Archives are History - Documenting the past, informing the future

2. Archives are evidence

3. Archives are vital for democratic accountability

 4. Archives are about us, our stories, our lives

 5. Archives document the environment"

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Library helps Texas tornado victims find photos - Times Record News

Library helps Texas tornado victims find photos - Times Record News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

TRISTAN HALLMAN,The Dallas Morning News:

Library helps Texas tornado victims find photos -Times Record News

"...The Lake Arlington Branch Library has collected more than 800 photos — and counting — strewn about by the April 3 tornadoes that destroyed or damaged roughly 1,300 homes and businesses, according to the state. About three-fourths of the photos have been claimed so far, said Debi Wood, library services manager.

"It feels like we're keeping people's memories for them," Wood said.

More than 40 people have brought in photos so far, and Wood said she expects more. Atwood and Woodland West Church of Christ volunteers cleaned, dried and sorted the photos and a few documents.

There's a photo of a woman at a party dressed as Winnie the Pooh. A poem dedicated to the loving memory of Grandma Mary Garner. Vacation photos. A boy and a girl and a donkey. Birthday parties. Posed school pictures. A baby smiling in a bathtub. A man in a red flannel shirt and his pug in front of a Christmas tree. All moments frozen in time."

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