Mid August news round up

Because it’s Friday (and because I have a cold!), this is just a round up of bits I’ve been meaning to blog about. They are piling up, and I figure it’s better to get out even a little bit on each, rather than try to find the time to blog about each one in depth. …

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It’s still: Think Global, Act Local

For the last 5 years, my friend Mary Elings from the Bancroft Library and I have made a trip to upstate New York in the summer to teach a one week intensive 3-credit graduate class for the iSchool at Syracuse University (IST677 – Digitization in libraries, archives and museums). Every year, preparing for and teaching …

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Libraries, Archive and Museum convergence

We’re still on the LAM! At this point, we have received guidance from thought leaders, conducted phone conversations with interested RLG program partners, and visited 5 sites to hold a comprehensive library, archive and museum workshop with participants from all constituencies. Our site visits were (in chronological order) at the Smithsonian and Yale (earlier LAM …

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SAA RLG roundtable, sign on and sign up

For those of you who are members of the Society of American Archivists, you will already know that the association has put a lot of work into their website and electronic communications infrastructure. For many years, RLG has used our own Primary Sources list to communicate about the RLG Roundtable at SAA. Since you need …

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Communities of practice in web archiving

Long, long ago, on October 18th (before I moved offices or went on vacation!) I attended the first day of the Archive-It partners’ meeting at the Internet Archive. Molly Bragg and Kristine Hanna from the Internet Archive asked me to attend and help facilitate a discussion on “big picture issues” for web archiving. Now that …

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New Media and Social Memory

While nobody I talked to had heard of this event until about one week before it happened, “New Media and Social Memory” at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (my former employer) drew an impressive crowd into BAM/PFA’s museum theater. Small wonder – Richard Rinehart had assembled a star-studded cast to muse …

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Bad News from Baghdad

Yesterday I learned of the news from Saad Eskander, Director of the National Archives and Library of Iraq, as reported by Patricia Sleeman on the Archivists discussion list in the UK: Hi. For security, I have closed the National Library & Archive since 22 Nov. I will not reopen our institution until the security situation …

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Exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Robin Dale, who sits in the cube adjacent to me, alerted me to some wonderful news for the digital preservation community: Library of Congress just issued “Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works,” which in essence make it legal for libraries and archives to disable “technological measures that …

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