Something I’ve thought a lot about ever since my intro classes last year is the issue of digitizing for preservation vs digitizing for access - digitizing with individual care to replicate resources in the highest possible quality, or digitizing quickly to make sure that lower quality versions of resources are available to the public as … Continue reading Digitizing for Preservation vs Access
I’ve made no secret this term that our repository The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society has a very… special way of going about its collection management, by this I mean there is no coherent schema that any professional collections manager would recognize. For some quick background our institution is almost completely geared … Continue reading Levels of Preservation: A Report Card
I have always found digital preservation to be a fascinating subject. I think it is because of my background in the fields of cataloging, historic preservation and IT troubleshooting. It may also be that I realize what a labor intensive activity creating digital files and metadata to accompany digital resources is, and what an incredible … Continue reading Digital Preservation and Collaboration at the State Level
This post will share an article about digital preservation. The article is titled: Bridging the Two Fossil Records: Paleontology’s “big data” future resides in museum collections. The authors in this article begin by introducing the concept of two distinct but intertwined fossil records. The first is the physical record consisting of material objects, the fossils … Continue reading The past as the key to the future
In the modern age people still seem to see archives as a guarded treasure trove. While this is not untrue it is far more accessible than many think. On the other hand, people also seem to expect everything to already be digitized and waiting for them to ask for it. This brings up an interesting … Continue reading Digitization Conundrum
I recently talked with a coworker about digital preservation and preservation policies. The department that she works in is getting ready to acquire some new preservation software. More specifically, they are going to use Rosetta by Ex Libris. Rosetta completely covers data asset management and preservation for several types of institutions including museums and libraries. … Continue reading Digital Preservation
One often overlooked aspect of creating a sustainable project is the selection of an appropriate leader. Generally, this responsibility is automatically relegated to those with higher authority or senior staff. It may be wiser to instead choose a leader by looking at the attributes of each individual and determining who the best fit for a … Continue reading The Responsibility of Project Leaders
As someone who has worked in multiple archives, I am always interested in learning more about how other archives or similar institutions are organized and operate. Needless to say, our topic for week 10 (institutional repositories and scholarly publishing) piqued my curiosity. I knew very little about them before that week. In fact, I do … Continue reading Institutional Repositories in South Africa: An Examination of Representation in the Rainbow Nation’s Universities
Recently, DPLA has been making waves throughout the library community with the recent layoffs of six employees - a developer, a web designer, an ebook team member, an administrator, a metadata librarian, and a curation and education specialist. Considering that it is the Digital Public Library of America, the laying off of a metadata librarian seems … Continue reading Whose Job Is It Anyway?
Marti Hearst professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Information has written a large amount of research and instruction on the dealings of our digital world. In a book published by Cambridge University Press, he explains the details and reasoning of the standard interfaces for search engines. In chapter 1, he explains some of the components … Continue reading Searching for a hay in a needle stack!