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For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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By Jeffrey R. Young:

"Howard Besser, a New York University archivist, recently got into a shouting match at an Occupy protest, making a case for why the activists should preserve records of their activities.“Within the Occupy movement there’s a huge suspicion of traditional organizations, including libraries and universities,” Mr. Besser explained Monday at the spring meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information.

The shouting match was an extreme moment, but Mr. Besser and other archivists on a panel here explained that they have had to take unusual steps to try to gather a snapshot for future scholars of the nationwide Occupy protests, which call attention to income inequality in the United States. Those steps—including distributing postcards promoting archiving at protests, developing automated systems to download photos posted online, and asking participants to vote on which images are most important for the historic record—could serve as a model for preserving future events."

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Pinterest for museums and libraries - Slideshare by Joe Murphy

Webcast, Pinterest for Museums and Libraries, I taught on March 28, 2012, produced by LearningTimes.

https://bitly.com/pinterestwebcast

 

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Nelson Mandela Digital Archive project launched via funding by Google Cultural Institute

Their [...] "aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment."

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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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National Archives of Australia unveils digitisation strategy

National Archives of Australia unveils digitisation strategy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By John Hilvert:

"The National Archives of Australia has outlined a plan to reduce the dependency of government agencies on paper records, saving up to $200 million a year in physical storage costs.

The Director General of the National Archives, David Fricker, said he hoped to drive a coordinated and strategic approach to digital information management across the Federal Government.

The Digital Continuity Plan has been developed by the Archives as a key element of a new whole-of-government policy that will see all Australian Government agencies change to a comprehensive digital information and records management regime.

Fricker said that in a digital world it was no longer feasible or practical for government agencies to continue to manage and store paper records."

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#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World « The Signal: Digital Preservation

#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World « The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Butch Lazorchak:

"In the midst of the South By Southwest Interactive Conference, I daydream about a time (ideally in the not-so-distant future) when librarians, archivists and museum professionals (LAMs) rule the world.

Delusional talk you might say, spoken by someone with more than a little self-interest in ultimate LAM domination. But the halls of SXSWi are full of conversations about “big data,” “cloud computing,” “web usability,” “search and access” and a host of other subjects that are squarely in the domain of today’s information professionals.

So what’s holding us back? Well, there are certainly stereotypes about LAMs that refuse to die.

I hope the professional organizations make it a serious priority to market the profession in a way that truly reflects the skills of its current practitioners to counteract the stereotype. But the truth is we’ll reinvent the profession by exploding those stereotypes one successful interaction at a time.

[...] changes have also happened because “library-type” jobs are in demand outside the confines of libraries themselves under titles like Digital Repository Manager, Data Curator, User Experience Designer, Emergent Technologies Librarian, Director of Digital Strategy, Open Source Evangelist and many more."

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20 Great Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest - Online Colleges

20 Great Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest  - Online Colleges | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Pinterest offers another great way to keep up with creative and cutting-edge ways libraries are engaging with their communities.

 

"1. Pinning book covers

2. Showcasing historic archives

3. Creating reading lists

4. Sharing new acquisitions

5. Promoting library activities

6. Research

7. Encouraging kids and teens to read

8. Showcasing learning-related infographics

9. Collecting ideas for library displays

10. Getting inspired for library programs, etc." with links to relevant articles.

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Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books

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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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Vatican archive treasures in first public display - Chicago Tribune

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Catherine Hornby
Reuters

"AFP Vatican archive treasures in first public display Chicago Tribune Related Vatican archive treasures in first public display The signature of Galileo Galilei is seen on a document displayed during an exhibition at the Capitoline Museums in Rome"

 

"The exhibition "Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archive Reveals Itself," running from March until September, aims also to demystify the Church's records."

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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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ArchivesInfo: The People and Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work?

ArchivesInfo: The People and Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

MELISSA MANNON:

RT @archivesinfo: The People & Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work?

 

"An archivist cares for the materials that are created by people - materials that tell their stories certainly, but materials that can also stand on their own in many ways. Archivists are not oral historians, genealogists, or even historians. As archivists, I would argue that our main focus is the "stuff" and not the people themselves. We care for archives and personal papers so that stories can be gleaned from them. We ensure that enough original items are saved so they adequately tell complete stories. Yet, we are more directly tied to the "stuff" and, at least on a professional responsibility level, more interested in what humans create than in the humans themselves."

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"But when it comes right down to a definition, the Society of American Archivists describe an archivist in this way: "An individual responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring value, according to the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control to protect the materials’ authenticity and context." Indeed, archives work IS about the stuff."

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Opening ‘Pandora’s box’: archives as sites of hurt and hope – Opinions – Archival Platform

Jo-Anne Duggan is the Director of the Archival Platform:

"Archives – real or manufactured - and memory don’t always intersect comfortably. Archives are often, rightly or wrongly, accorded an authority not always granted memory, and memory may be unsettled or even contradicted by “evidence” carried in other, more formal records. In a presentation at the 2011 conference “Living with the Past”, Madeleine Fullard of the Head: Missing Persons Task Team at National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, explained the dilemma she faced in her dealings with the families of missing activists, when evidence unearthed by her team contradicted the versions of the past that the families of the victims remembered, the “authorised” narrative constructed by their communities, brought the paternity of the victims into question or revealed the complicity of neighbours, family members or friends with apartheid forces.

The archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa is still under wraps, despite the concerted efforts of civil society organisations such as the South African History Archive. Maybe those with the power to make the decisions required to open this archive fear that it could unleash too many secrets, lies and truths. Maybe though, it’s time we confronted the demons of the past that lie in wait in the archive of our difficult past. Maybe then we will have a hope of healing."

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Archives Sector website launched | The National Archives, UK

Archives Sector website launched | The National Archives, UK | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The new Archives sector website has launched today, providing guidance and information for everyone who works with or within archives.
The website brings together strategic and practical resources for archives across the country to develop their collections and services and improve the experience of their users. It provides a place for archives to share learning and to promote their best practice. We consulted with our users and carried out extensive testing to create the website, which will continue to evolve as new initiatives such as the Archives Accreditation standard roll out."

 

"These pages contain strategic and practical resources for archives to develop their collections and services and improve the experience of their users. As sector leader for archives in England, we work with all custodians of records, from private owners to publicly-funded services. By working together, we will realise the true potential of archives to benefit and inspire more people of all ages and backgrounds."


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Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future

Arlene Schmuland:

"Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future http://t.co/fZecgSMK Awesome post from my high school pal Arlene #aiim #ecm"

 

"Here's what I think are some of the considerations that we need to have in both designing a vision and designing the strategic plan that allows you to reach the goals of the vision:

Flexibility.
Change.
Commitment to the vision and goals from existing stakeholders.
Assessment.
Daydreaming.
Transparency.
Document, document, document. Write down the processes. Write down the procedures. The boss wins.
Remember the why.
Balance tact with necessity.
Advocacy.
Staying open.
Focus.
Stay user-centric.
And that, I think, is how you begin to craft the future of archives and special collections and of academic libraries, together."

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Building the Ecology of Libraries – An Interview with Brewster Kahle | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Building the Ecology of Libraries – An Interview with Brewster Kahle | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Interviewers:

"Kai Eckert is computer scientist and vice head of the IT departement of the Mannheim University Library. He coordinates the linked open data activities and developed the linked data service of the library. He held various presentations, both national and international, about linked data and open data.

Adrian Pohl has been working at the Cologne-based North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) since 2008. His main focuses are Open Data, Linked Data and its conceptual, theoretical and legal implications. Since June 2010 Adrian has been coordinating the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data."

 

"At OKCon 2011, we had the opportunity to interview Brewster Kahle who is a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, activist, and digital librarian. He is the founder and director of the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge”. Besides the widely known “Wayback Machine“, where archived copies of most webpages can be accessed, the Internet Archive is very active in the digitization of books, as well, and provides with the “Open Library” a free catalog that aims to describe “every book ever published”. Kahle and his wife, Mary Austin, created the Kahle/Austin Foundation that supports the Internet Archive and other non-profit organizations.

As open data enthusiasts from the library world, we were especially interested in how the activities of the Internet Archive relate to libraries. We wanted to know how its general approach and service could be useful for libraries in Europe.

Brewster Kahle, what is the Internet Archive and what is your vision for its future?..."

Interview here: http://blog.okfn.org/2012/03/23/building-the-ecology-of-libraries-an-interview-with-brewster-kahle/

 

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Want to help create a U.S. chapter of Archivists Without Borders? | ArchivesNext

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Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine

Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Damon Poeter:

"CBS NewsEinstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time" - 

PC Magazine

 

"Over the next several years, Albert Einstein's complete archives will be made available online by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, curator of the Noble Prize-winning physicist's volumes of private and professional correspondence, research notes, travel diaries, scientific writings, and more.
Einstein's archives include some 80,000 items that have only recently been "cataloged and enhanced with cross referencing technology," according to the Associated Press."

"Knowledge is not about hiding. It's about openness," Hebrew University president Menachem Ben Sasson told the news agency. Former university president Hanoch Gutfreund added: "More than anyone else, [Einstein] expressed his views on every agenda of mankind. Now we have a complete and full picture of that person."
With the help of a grant from the Polonsky Foundation UK, the organization that also assisted in the digitization of Isaac Newton's papers, curators have been "pulling never-before seen items" from a climate-controlled safe and readying them for distribution online as high-resolution images.
The university's new Einstein Archives Online portal, which debuted earlier this week, currently offers visitors about 2,000 documents representing Einstein's life through the year 1921. Subsequent additions to the site will fill out the papers bequeathed by the German Jewish physicist, born in 1879, to Hebrew University upon his death in 1955."

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