When I was first ventured into the mid-2000s fledgling world of social media, one of the forces that shaped my experience - and that has come up in my LIS classes many, many more times than I expected it to - was online fandom culture. I was fourteen when I started my LiveJournal, and I … Continue reading Fandom, Copyright, and Digital Archives
Scanning images is only half the battle. With all the discussion of quantity over quality, I thought it might be useful to delve into the task of transforming digitized images into useful sources of information for the typical researcher. In the case of images with accompanying text, this often requires the costly and time-consuming task … Continue reading Crowdsourcing Transcriptions in Digital Libraries
You rarely hear of a library or archive without a backlog of items that needs to be cataloged or digitized. With limited funding, staff, time, and increasing acquisitions, libraries have had to either ramp up the speed and efficiency of their digitization efforts or be much choosier about what gets digitized. This dilemma is the … Continue reading Fast and slow digitization
Since I was 12, I've maintained a fairly impressive iTunes collection. What began as a place for me to digitize my CDs has grown into a fifty-plus gigabyte collection that is, frankly, a bit unwieldy to browse through. I've been thinking about the differences between having a digital musical library versus having a physical music … Continue reading Organizing a Digital Music Library
Last week, we read an article from the website for the Oral History in the Digital Age project about digitizing analog video (Pennington & Rehberger, 2012). Analog to digital migration is vital to preserving audiovisual records, but it can be complicated and expensive, especially for libraries and archives with limited resources. It got me thinking: … Continue reading Transcribing Audiovisual Recordings
"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should." - Dr. Ian Malcolm, from Jurassic Park Lately, there has been a great rush to digitize every possible item, often with speed as the priority, not critical examination. While the digitization of all these materials … Continue reading The Ethics of Digitizing
Since the early 2000s, internet juggernaut Google has been on a mission to digitize all the books held in five major American libraries, which includes a combined total of 20 million. Though the most notable, Google is not alone in its quest. Microsoft is another big player in the mass digitization game. It began a … Continue reading Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc.: Are LIS Professionals Any Better Off?
I thought instead of reviewing one of the readings for my blog post, I might provide some insight from a unique experience in developing a digital collection as compared to a previous experience in curating a physical collection and how order can be established from seeming chaos in digital practice. Background: At Center for the … Continue reading Disorder & Digitization: Establishing protocols and practices in an amateur archival setting
The most challenging aspects of copyright to me is the length of the copyright. The current length of copyright noted by Peter B. Hirtle is life of the author plus 70 years (Hirtle). Protecting something for that many years seems to be too much. Derek Khanna’s states, “The reason they’ve done that infringement upon our personal … Continue reading THE CHAOS OF COPYRIGTH
So many people who are not in the Library/Archive/Information Science worlds believe it is easy to digitize. Running out of physical space? Digitize it! It’s old and gross? Digitize it! This also leads people to believe that once you digitize it you can throw it away. Unfortunately, digitizing is not easy (or free) and storing … Continue reading What is Your Top Priority When Digitizing: Access or Preservation?