Back to School: Students Archiving the Web

“Do you remember how we did things back when your great great grandma or grandpa [were alive]? We had moved Native Americans from their homelands, so we could have more and more land for ourselves.” The above reference describes the Whitefish Middle School’s Montana Indian Tribes, Modern Life, 2010-2011 Web Archiving Collection. This unique collection, […]

Preserving Digital Culture: Art, Theater, Video Games and More

The following is a guest post by Emily Reynolds, a 2012 Junior Fellow. One of the many highlights of the DigitalPreservation 2012 conference last month was the Preserving Digital Culture panel, which featured speakers discussing the preservation of born-digital art and other creative output.  While much of the conference addressed the often automated management of […]

More Product, Less Process for Born-Digital Collections: Reflections on CurateCamp Processing

The following is a guest post from  Meg Phillips, Electronic Records Lifecycle Coordinator for the National Archives and Records Administration. “What’s the bare minimum I can responsibly do with my electronic stuff?” was one of the central questions on the table at  CurateCamp Processing. The unconference,  focused on Processing Data / Processing Collections, was a […]

Getting the DigPres411: An Interview with Lisa Gregory of State Library of North Carolina

The five recipients of the inaugural National Digital Stewardship Alliance innovation awards are exemplars of the creativity, diversity and collaboration essential to supporting the digital community as it works to preserve and make available digital materials. In an effort to learn more and share the work of the individuals, projects and institutions who won these […]

Digital Preservation Pioneer: Anne R. Kenney

“Technology has had most of the attention in digital preservation but it is the least of our concerns,” said Anne R. Kenney. That’s a bold declaration. But Kenney has earned the right to make it, based on her 25 years at Cornell University Library, conducting ground-breaking digital research, creating award-winning training resources and fostering national […]

Collaborating to Identify Government or Election-related Websites to Preserve

The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, Web Archiving Team Lead. Is a U.S. Government website or part of a site you use or know about at risk of disappearing? Is there a website related to the 2012 U.S. Elections that you think should be preserved? Always dreamed of contributing to a collaborative […]

A Piece of Southern Cultural Heritage Preserved

“We leave Gulfport at noon; gulls overhead trailing the boat—streamers, noisy fanfare— all the way to Ship Island. What we see first is the fort, its roof of grass a lee— half reminder of the men who served there— a weathered monument to some of the dead.” -excerpt from Natasha Trethewey’s “Elegy for the Native […]

Loading South By Southwest with Librarians

The South By Southwest conference is has become pretty big on the tech circuit and has garnered a reputation as a place where new technologies are launched. There’s an egalitarian spirit to the event (read; sprawling) that encourages anyone to attend and participate. The “anyone” increasingly includes information professionals in libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). […]

Digging Up the Recent Past: An Interview With Doug Reside

As a follow up to the “Preserving Digital Culture” panel from DigitalPreservation 2012, I’ve been interviewing panelists who haven’t yet been featured on The Signal.  Megan Winget was previously interviewed, discussing the challenges of preserving new media.  This week’s post features Doug Reside, Digital Curator with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  […]

A Different View of Viewshare

This is a guest post from Camille Salas, a summer intern with the Library of Congress. If you want Camille to help you out with creating a Viewshare, let us know in the comments. In early July I had the opportunity to work with reference librarian, Erika Spencer, who works in the European Division at […]