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RIAA Copyright Pressure Silences Historical Radio Archive - TorrentFreak

RIAA Copyright Pressure Silences Historical Radio Archive - TorrentFreak | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"ReelRadio, a site that streams an archive of often decades-old historical radio shows, has been forced to take down much of its library after the RIAA complained that the site was operating outside the terms of its license. The letter of the law is tight, and the RIAA is insisting that the near 20-year-old site now meets all of its requirements.

When sites like The Pirate Bay come under copyright holder pressure, there is often a big backlash from users who see such action as unfair. That being said, it’s generally accepted by both sides that The Pirate Bay courts trouble by, rightly or wrongly, laughing in the face of copyright law.

The situation now faced by ReelRadio, a site dedicated to the streaming of archived historical radio, sits at the other end of the spectrum, but nevertheless the site is still facing potential dismantling by the RIAA."

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The problems faced by many archives world-wide!

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Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in support of Human Rights: Give your opinion!

Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in support of Human Rights: Give your opinion! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

During the past ten years, the Human Rights Working Group of the International Council on Archives (ICA) became increasingly aware of the complex problems facing archivists as they encounter human rights issues.

The draft "Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in Support of Human Rights" is organized in two parts: a preamble and a set of principles, following the structure of the "Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers."  The preamble provides the background for the principles, referring to United Nations documents, civil society statements, and archival precepts.  The 23 principles are grouped in six sections.  The first two sections cover the basic archival functions; the third covers the special situations of displaced archives and of archives that appear to document violations of human rights; the fourth through sixth sections are devoted to the roles and rights of archivists as professionals.

Comments on the draft should be submitted to  access@ica.org

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Proceedings of the 22nd BOBCATSSS conference held in Barcelona between 29th-31st January, are now available

"The theme for the 22nd symposium was “Library (r)evolution: Promoting sustainable information practices” and we are want to thank all presenters and participants  who attended the conference. We hope that you have all gained some new perspectives, ideas, thoughts or that you participated in interesting discussions regarding sustainability in libraries and in information practices, studies etc.

Students from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona, Spain and the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, Sweden organized the conference."

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Library and archive related submissions!

Full text pdf documents available.

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Join archives on Twitter on 10 June 2014 in sharing World War 1 treasures #WW1archives #blogjune

Join archives on Twitter on 10 June 2014 in sharing World War 1 treasures #WW1archives #blogjune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Reblogged from: SABC Media Libraries: Join archives in search of World War 1 material on 10 June 2014...: #WW1archives @followanarchive @askanarchivists 

The yearly International Archives Day are celebrated on 9 June, but because it falls on public holidays, the Twitter event has been moved to 10 June.

Picture taken from Ask Archivists/Follow an Archive blogs"

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Reminder to search for World War 1 material in archives for the Twitter initiative tomorrow with hashtag #WW1archives 

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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) - The Atlantic

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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) The Atlantic ""All of the modern formats weren't really made to last a long period of time," saidFenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress. "They were really more developed for mass production."

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"And the disappearance of CD players is just as significant as the failure of CDs. "Quite often, [preservation] is being cast as a separation of physical and digital, whereas in fact the whole concept is the same. Even digital is still played on a physical medium."

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The problem of obsolescence of formats - especially with regards audio/sound archives! 

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Paper vs. Electronic: The Not-So-Final Battle - by Jennifer Wright

Paper vs. Electronic: The Not-So-Final Battle - by Jennifer Wright | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A common inquiry I receive from Smithsonian staff is whether it is better to keep their files in electronic or paper format.  The best answer to this question is "it depends."  There are several factors to consider.
1)      How long do the files need to be kept?

2)       Does one format have more value than the other?

3)      Is one format easier to use?

4)      In what format are the majority of the records already?

 

Photo: Jeanne Benas, by Strauss, Richard, 1990, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 90-877-11A.

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The right questions to ask when deciding about keeping records or archives

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Trace the past with NY Public Library's Open Access Maps Project - by Bonnie Burton CNET

Trace the past with NY Public Library's Open Access Maps Project - by Bonnie Burton CNET | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"For over 15 years, the Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library has been scanning maps from all over the world including those of the Mid-Atlantic United States from 16th to 19th centuries and even topographic maps of Austro-Hungarian empire ranging from 1877 and 1914.

Most notably, the NYPL has scanned more than 10,300 maps from property, zoning, and topographic atlases of New York City dating from 1852 to 1922.

There's also a "diverse collection of more than 1,000 maps of New York City, its boroughs and neighborhoods, dating from 1660 to 1922, which detail transportation, vice, real estate development, urban renewal, industrial development and pollution, political geography among many, many other things," NYPL posted in late March on its blog.

These and many more of the 20,000 cartographic works scanned are now available as high-resolution downloads for anyone who wants to visit their site."

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One woman's incredible VHS collection will live forever on the Internet

One woman's incredible VHS collection will live forever on the Internet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Marion Stokes taped the news for 30 years. Now the Internet Archive is digitizing her vision.

 

"When Marion Stokes passed away in 2012, she left behind a family and personal legacy. She also left 40,000 VHS and Betamax tapes in her Philadelphia home, filled with local and national news shows she’d dutifully recorded for three decades.

Last fall, her son, Michael Metelits, reached out to the Internet Archive, a San Francisco–based nonprofit focused on cataloging archived websites and digitizing cultural artifacts like TV shows, books, video, and live concerts.

Between 1976 and 2012, Stokes taped shows she thought might be important one day. Metelits says there were two triggers for her to start: The Iran hostage crisis of 1979, and CNN launching as a 24-hour news source. She wanted to catch news as it evolved. 

The Internet Archive took on her massive collection, and earlier this week, the first digitizations from the project were uploaded to the site for free download. It’s a talk show called Input, which Stokes coproduced with her husband, John Stokes Jr. The program aired Sunday mornings in Philadelphia between 1968 and 1971."

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The Internet Archive digitising Marion Stokes' vision after she left behind a legacy of news television recordings!

The passion of one person left behind a legacy of heritage! Very valuable!

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A New and Effective Way to Teach Archive Management and Preservation - Webinar | PrestoCentre

A New and Effective Way to Teach Archive Management and Preservation - Webinar | PrestoCentre | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The webinar "A new and effective way to teach Archive Management and Preservation" is an online training that explains how to use the Preservation Case Studies for Archives method to assist in the training of audiovisual archivists and other responsible for the care of audiovisual collections.

The Preservation Case Studies for Archives (published by PrestoCentre) are an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. The Case Studies provide the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way."

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How do these tools address archival concerns? - BitCurator

"How do these tools address archival concerns?" page matches @BitCurator features too things archivists care about: http://t.co/jqO03ifmq These descriptions are intended to be concise explanations of why an archivist might be interested in each tool. For more information on a given tool, follow the link to that tool's tutorial page (given in the first column of the table below).
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Archive Shelfies on Storify #archiveshelfie #shelfie #archives (with images, tweets) · @karentoittoit

A compilation of archive photos being shared on Twitter
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Archivists posting #archiveshelfie > curated in a Storify

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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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Interview with Chicago History Museum Archivist Peter Alter

"Peter Alter is key to taking care of and locating more documents for the Chicago History Museum's miles of archival material, supporting and adding to the fascinating puzzle that is Chicago history."

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Interview on YouTube!

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Things You Should Know About Being an Archivist

Things You Should Know About Being an Archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

1) You will have to deal with people. 

2) You will develop relationships with people you have never met. Probably people long deceased. 

3) You will likely end up with an abundance of self-taught, pseudo-IT knowledge. 

4) Paper is heavy.

5) You will get dirty.

6) You will have to explain what you do over and over again. 

7) Parents will expect you to do their kid’s homework.

8) You will tease people about erasing them from the historical record when they piss you off.

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Great list by Stephanie from Playfully Tacky

 

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Restoration and digitisation: a visit to the Czech National Film Archive - Radio Prague

Restoration and digitisation: a visit to the Czech National Film Archive - Radio Prague | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On July 5, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival screened a fresh copy of the New Wave classic Ostře Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains, 1966). This is the latest Czech film to have undergone a major restoration. At the same time, the Czech National Film Archive is waiting to see if funding is made available for the restoration of a further ten films from its renowned collection. In this special programme, Dominik Jůn visits the archive to discuss issues related to restoration, digitisation - and the difference between the two."

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Interesting introduction to the Czech National Film Archive

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Archival Manoeuvres: Managing Digitization Projects - podcast Ep 10

More Podcast, Less Process is a podcast about archives, archivists, and the archival enterprise hosted by Jefferson Bailey and Joshua Ranger. More information: keepingcollections.org/more-podcast-less-process/

 

Episode 10: Archival Manoeuvres: Managing Digitization Projects

Miwa Yokoyama (Digital Project Manager, Carnegie Hall) and Mitch Brodsky (Digital Archives Manager, New York Philharmonic) visit Josh and Jefferson to discuss their experiences managing archival digitization projects.

 

(Internet Archive, iTunes, or direct download)

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International Archives Day: photos & messages shared from around the world #IAD14 #IAD2014 #archivesday

International Archives Day: photos & messages shared from around the world #IAD14 #IAD2014 #archivesday | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...celebrate International Archives Day on 9th June 2014, by sending a copy of an archive image linked to the locality in which you work. The image will be uploaded onto a site specially developed by the International Council on Archives’ local, municipal and territorial group of archivists. The site (http://www.internationalarchivesday.org/ ;) went live on 9th June."

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A photo and a message from the participating archives. 

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Librarians, Archivists: Why An International Solution Is Needed For Copyright Exceptions | Intellectual Property Watch

Librarians, Archivists: Why An International Solution Is Needed For Copyright Exceptions | Intellectual Property Watch | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee ended without agreement on the conclusions of the meeting or its future work, to the dismay of librarians and archivists associations. During the week, numerous representatives of these communities gave vigorous accounts of why a treaty is vital to grant them exceptions to copyright.

Via Afroditi Fragkou
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Copyright! - We need that treaty!

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Q&A: how archives make history

Q&A: how archives make history | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

© Copyright HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News 

The early modern period (1500-1800) saw a surge in the keeping of records. A conference later this week (9-10 April 2014) at the British Academy will look at the origins of the archives that shape our understanding of history.

We asked ten of the conference participants to answer some key questions about archives with particular reference to the period 1500 to 1800.

1. What constitutes an archive in the early modern period?

2. How is our understanding of history shaped by archives?

3. How are archives created?

4. Why were some records kept and others lost – and what can we learn from the gaps, silences and absences? 

5. What can we learn about (and from) the organisation of archives?

6. What archives are you using in your current research?

7. What particular challenges do archives present to you as a researcher?

8. What is the relationship between private and public record-keeping?

9. How can we best facilitate access to archives?

10. What has been your most memorable or frustrating ‘archive moment’?

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Great questions for archivists everywhere!

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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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'Bit rot' could turn the Internet into an accidental Library of Alexandria - Death and Taxes

'Bit rot' could turn the Internet into an accidental Library of Alexandria - Death and Taxes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
'There seems to be a notion among mid-savvy digital technology users that everything that goes onto the Internet will be preserved there, indelibly, until aliens come and decipher the BuzzFeed quizzes of our extinct race. Among the many reasons why this won’t be the case is this kind of surprising one: the bits that make up our digital heritage could “rot.”
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Obsolence of formats and digitised content on the Internet as Archive.
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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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