Large-scale digitization of special collections: legal and ethical issues (part 2)

[In my last posting, I failed to note that Aprille Cooke McKay's excellent presentation on third party privacy can be found in the symposium Wiki] The symposium “Legal and Ethical Implications of Large-Scale Digitization of Manuscript Collections” had two illustrative case studies, one on third-party privacy, and one on evaluating copyright status of works in …

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New at the Arcade: a multi-player Catalog

The Brooklyn Museum, the Frick and the Museum of Modern Art have launched a shared catalog called “Arcade” with 800K records – take it for a spin here, and read all about it in this press release. It’s a development I’ve been watching closely over the years, from the initial Mellon planning grant, the creation …

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The Future Now: LAM @ U of Calgary

Last Thursday, I was on the phone and online by 6:30am California time to see Tom Hickerson’s presentation “Convergence of Knowledge and Culture: Calgary’s Design for the Future,” webcast as part of our Distinguished Seminar Series. Calgary has gone further than most places in moving towards library, archive and museum (LAM) convergence: in 2006, a …

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We’re On The Case

Yesterday during what is celebrated as the President’s Day holiday in the U.S. (in honor of Washington and Lincoln, both with birthdays in February), I admit to being a bit disgruntled at having to show up for work. It was fairly obvious from the lack of traffic during my drive in, as well as the …

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The distributed Centre: A Museum of Britishness

I’ve recently subscribed to the MLA News e-mail list, on which the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council of the UK pushes out a newsletter once or twice a month. It’s a very interesting view into the UK LAM community, and attendant political developments. The latest installment features an entry (online here) on planning for a …

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Herbert’s Adventures In Linking

The title of this post is my homage to another famous Belgian. I have been posting from the 9th International Bielefeld Conference in Germany. In yesterday’s closing keynote, Herbert Van de Sompel gave a most unusual presentation. Preparing, on his return to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, for a six-month sabbatical, he used the occasion …

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Optimisers, One and All

Librarian can be a fragile and even uncomfortable designation in today’s world. Nonetheless, as our roles continue to expand, change and develop, it seems that librarian as an anchoring designation can become more necessary. We could easily imagine it sitting at the centre of a mind-map, with dozens of roles spidering out of it. On …

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