Special delivery

Deliver a lot. Deliver a little. It’s all about delivery. We’ve been doing a lot of work around here on strategies to make it easy for users to get their ‘hands’ on special collections. Most recently, Ricky published a snazzy piece on mechanics for large-scale digitization of non-book materials,  Rapid capture. These real-life examples dovetail …

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Reimagining the Archive

A couple of weeks ago the UCLA Film & Television Archive hosted “Reimagining the Archive,” a three-day conference that brought together archivists, scholars, artists, creators of digital humanities projects, and assorted others to hear about a wide-ranging array of digital initiatives. While there was a certain focus on the moving-image realm, the papers went far …

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John R. Stokes, Imaging Innovator

John R. Stokes passed away this weekend. This caused me to reflect on both his career and mine. When I started at the Library of Congress in 1985, I was an early entrant into the library imaging scene, but John Stokes was already there. He captured some of LC’s huge photo collections, at that time …

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The People and the Commons

The Flickr Commons is a remarkable project in many ways, and we’ve certainly followed its birth and progress closely on hangingtogether (see here, here, here, here and here.) Just in case you need a reminder of why the Commons is remarkable, I ask you to consider the following numbers from the LC Flickr Pilot Project …

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Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa Rocks My World

The National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Maori and an RLG Partner) has obviously been busy. Last week they joined the Flickr Commons, and they have already reported some impressive use statistics. But today (well, yesterday in Kiwi time) came an even bigger announcement. Digital New Zealand, “a nation-wide project …

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LIFE photography reborn on Google

Google is digitizing 10 Million photographs from the LIFE photo archive. 2 Million are already available, and the complete set will be accessible from Google Image Search as well as this dedicated site within 3 months. Quoth the Official Google Blog: Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest …

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People Power and Photographs

Today is Armistice Day, and the 90th anniversary of the end of the ‘War to end all Wars’. It is not surprising any longer that commemoration by the public of events of significance are now happening naturally on the web. Oxford University has launched its Great War Archive, originally funded with the assistance of JISC, …

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LC-Flickr: updating the catalog

In the context of John MacColl’s guest blog on Karen Calhoun’s Metalogue, I was reminded of the stats from the LC-Flickr project pertaining to changes LC made in their own catalog prompted by insightful Flickr comments. When I last updated my Flickr slides for a class at Syracuse University, I found 174 records containing the …

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