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Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices

Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

“One thing is that books satisfy users’ curiosity, and a very different one that is that it might represent the identity of the community them belong to”. Argentinian librarian Daniel Canosa questions the role and function of local libraries. On Infotecarios network he writes:

"Indigneous libraries [should] generate knowledge from local and community participation, provide a way of understanding, that in time is a way of building identity. The thing is if what libraries provide represent what each community knows, if what a librarian builds with their community allows a true affinity with people's historic memory. This is not about new ideas, but things should move forward questioning those ideas.
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If libraries spread people's production from their own places, then not only the elites won't be then only ones in the world of information." (translation)

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Libraries as builders and keepers of identity of a community!

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Q&A: how archives make history

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© 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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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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McDonald's has it's own official certified archivist, Michael Bullington

McDonald's has it's own official certified archivist, Michael Bullington | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

"Meet Michael Bullington, McDonald's Archivist

Recording and preserving more than 57 years of history for one of the world’s most recognized brands is a big job. Luckily, Michael Bullington, McDonald’s official certified archivist, is always up for the challenge.

Bullington’s days managing the Golden Archives at McDonald’s consist of everything from responding to requests about the company’s history, to assisting with television interviews to commemorate special milestones such as the 30th anniversary of the Happy Meal."

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Interesting!

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25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome

25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Temple:

"Librarians, in case you hadn't heard, are essential members of society -- likely to expand minds wherever they go -- and, as such, are fully worthy of hero worship..."

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Photos of librarians from the past!

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Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal

Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire”
- Library Journal

Archivist Heather Halpin Perez has become something of a celebrity since HBO's hit show about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire, launched in 2010. But Perez, who manages the Alfred M. Heston Collection at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, says the work she does for the show is just another part of her job."
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Library and Information History - timeline

Library and Information History - timeline | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A timeline of libraries and information history including technologies, epic events and just cool things you didn't know before.

Via Joao Brogueira, Errol A. Adams JD/MLS
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10 Questions to Ask a Research Facility Before You Visit

By Kimberly Powell:

 

"Whether you're planning a trip to the State Historical Society, the Family History Library, the National Archives or the local courthouse, it pays to be prepared. Avoid frustration and increase your research time by asking these 10 question in advance of your visit.
1. What are the regular research hours?

2. Are there any holidays or special closures?

3. In what form are the records available?

4. Are there any record restrictions that will affect research?

5. What unique records or collections are available?

6. Are there restrictions on copying?

7. What can and can't I bring with me to the facility? Anything I absolutely need to bring?

8. What are the best times to visit?

9. Is there a lunchroom? Nearby parking? Public transportation?

10. Is there a particular archivist, librarian or staff member who specializes in my area of interest?"

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On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Nifty use of Facebook by @unrkc to share alumni stories: http://t.co/AZrQsA2e. Much like @MaggieBoyd1873 project.

 

Facebook user “joe1915” writes wall posts that would be familiar to any college student these days: He stresses about tests, roots for his university’s football team, and shows off photos from campus dances.But Joe McDonald isn’t an average smartphone-toting student.

He died in 1971 — 33 years before Facebook arrived on the Web.

Donnelyn Curtis, the director of research collections and services at the University of Nevada at Reno, created Facebook profiles for Mr. McDonald and his wife, Leola Lewis, to give students a glimpse of university life during the couple’s college days. Ms. Lewis graduated in 1913, and Mr. McDonald earned his degree in mechanical engineering two years later.

With approval from Mr. McDonald’s granddaughter, Peggy McDonald, Ms. Curtis said she’s using archival material for a history project designed to appeal to a wider audience than the typical patrons of special collections.

“We’re just trying to help history come alive a little bit for students,” she said. At first, only extended family members bothered to “friend” with the pair’s profiles, but as the audience grew, Ms. Curtis said she had to find a humorous voice that would appeal to contemporary students who use Facebook every day.

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Themeefy | Evolution Of Libraries

Themeefy | Evolution Of Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Brief overview of the evolution of libraries since the library in Alexandria to content curation on the Web.

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LIASA 1997-2007: background and recent history, by Clare M Walker

"The founding of the South African Library Association (SALA) as a national body was the first step on a journey towards the creation of a strong, viable entity to serve the li-brary and information services (LIS) profession. LIS practitioners have for more than 75 years been striving in a variety of arenas, both nationally and internationally, for recog-nition as the voice and advocate of LIS in South Africa.

The latest in this line of associations, the now ten-year-old democratic and fully rep-resentative Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), came into ex-istence in 1997, three years after the first post-apartheid South African government took office under Nelson Mandela in 1994. In August 2007, ten years after the founding Con-stituent Conference and admission of LIASA to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the World Library and Information Congress of IFLA, the WLIC, is being hosted for the first time in South Africa."

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The history, background and information about the Library and Information Association of South Africa!