The Post-Custodial Method and Community Archives

Anyone who has read my in-class contributions will have noticed my deep interest in community archives. Community archives by their nature are equitable and try to be accountable in terms of their archival power. As Lorena Gauthereau (2018) writes, “archives have historically functioned as mechanisms of colonialism. They have helped to structure our understanding of … Continue reading The Post-Custodial Method and Community Archives

Digital Preservation of Oral Histories

"Tibetan Buddhists posing in front of Lake Ximencuo on the Tibetan Plateau" by Tenance10 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 While researching blog posts on the up and coming trends in digital librarianship, I came across a blurb in Stanford’s blog about how they had made the Tibetan Oral History Project available to their students … Continue reading Digital Preservation of Oral Histories

Digital Libraries & Accessibility

I have been considering some of the challenges of accessibility to users of Digital Libraries. One of the main reasons for creating digital collections is to make resources more easily accessible to patrons, but are digital libraries user-friendly to the disabled and visually impaired? Current literature about accessibility for disabled users within digital libraries is … Continue reading Digital Libraries & Accessibility

Cloud Computing in the Digital Library

In the Core Infrastructure Considerations for Large Digital Libraries reading from Week 7, we learn about the many considerations that large digital libraries face when handling the digitization of materials (Henry, 2012). One of the decisions that digital libraries must make is how they are going to store and deliver their content. Before creating a digital … Continue reading Cloud Computing in the Digital Library

Use Restriction, Workflow Design, and Resource Scarcity Can Limit Discoverability and Access to Digital Collections

["A book scanner at the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco, California" by Dvortygirl is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0] One of the primary missions of digital libraries is to improve discoverability of and access to cultural heritage materials through digitization, digital preservation, and cataloging of digital items (Xie and Matusiak, 2016, p. 4). While institutions and … Continue reading Use Restriction, Workflow Design, and Resource Scarcity Can Limit Discoverability and Access to Digital Collections

Challenges of Digitizing Born Digital Material

Figure 1. Newspaper on tablet (Guay, 2016) Born digital materials are items that were created in the digital age rather being converted from print items. As society continues to grow in the age of technology, more and more born digital materials are being created. The question now becomes how do we archive these materials and … Continue reading Challenges of Digitizing Born Digital Material

BiblioTech: The All-Digital Public Library

Shout-out to Ben Steck for mentioning BiblioTech in a discussion board post! Somehow (probably due to my ignorance of the public library world), I knew barely any details about this fascinating project. If you’re in the same boat, buckle up! (Boats can have seat belts, right?) BiblioTech is the first fully digital public library in … Continue reading BiblioTech: The All-Digital Public Library