Things I might have tweeted, part 6: digitizing oral histories #marac

Jennifer Synder, AAA Uses Sound Directions from IU. Pet peeve of mine: gold “archival” cds. They are no more reliable than regular cds, cost more, and give you a false sense of security. If you need cds, for whatever reason, just use regular cds. Vendor continuity and relationships are important in succesful large scale digitization […]

Things I might have tweeted, part 5: Rights, reproductions, and reality #marac

Sorry that I didn’t post from the last session yesterday, my phone died. But I may post a real blog entry about it later. Anyways, here us Rights, Reproductions, and Reality. A google group about this topic: marac rights and reproductions. The panel wants a discussion forum for when we aren’t at marac. Roundtable format, […]

Things I might have tweeted, part 4: new developments in describing av materials #marac

Jane Otto, Rutgers: Av description in a digital repository. New Jersey Digital Highway is the digital repository for all of nj.OpenWMS is the platform that they use. Web based and.open source. Uses the METS metadata schema. Descriptive metadata is MODS, which is MARC-lite, but extended by the institution. Build content by targeting faculty whose products […]

Things I might have tweeted, part 3: New tools to address electronic records challenges #marac

Peter Bajcsy, National Cenyer for Supercomputing Applications: What do you do if you come accross an unsupported file format? Move the file, get a new format from the creator, or buy the software. Presidential erecords: reagan, 200k, clinton, 33 million, gwb, 300 million. Almost 80k different file name extensions. We need to figure how to […]

Things I might have tweeted, part 2: Rand Jimerson at #marac

The plenary speaker for MARAC is Rand Jimerson, suthor of Archives Power. Here is what I might have tweeted: Students from the University of Kentucky are at my table. They like what marac doea more than their own organization. Archival Ethics and the Call for Justice is the title of Rand’s talk. Justice requires resistance […]

A journey through copyright for sound recordings

Recently I was looking for some music to use for a project a friend of mine is working on. I wanted to either use something public domain or something using a Creative Commons license, and not even try to navigate the waters of “fair use.” Librarians and archivists generally know the scope of US Copyright […]

A sidelong look into the world of special collections dealers

First of all, if you’re not listening to This American Life, whether or the radio or in podcast form, you should start. But this past week’s episode, entitled Original Recipe, gives us a sidelong glimpse into the mindset of special collections dealers. As should become very obvious, this is about a unique situation that happens […]

New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions, since I end up not keeping them. But I wanted to put out some professional resolutions and hopefully by putting them out in public, I’ll be more likely to keep to them. Become a better archivist: This has been my first few months as a professional archivist.  […]