Fandom, Copyright, and Digital Archives

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

Crowdsourcing Transcriptions in Digital Libraries

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

Transcribing Audiovisual Recordings

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

Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc.: Are LIS Professionals Any Better Off?

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?

Disorder & Digitization: Establishing protocols and practices in an amateur archival setting

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

What is Your Top Priority When Digitizing: Access or Preservation?

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?