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Recommendations for Enabling Digital Scholarship

Posted by: Abbey Potter

Mass digitization — coupled with new media, technology and distribution networks — has transformed what’s possible for libraries and their users. The Library of Congress makes millions of items freely available on loc.gov and other public sites like HathiTrust and DPLA. Incredible resources — like digitized historic newspapers from across the United States, the personal papers …

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Women’s History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Posted by: Abbey Potter

This is a guest post from Sarah Osborne Bender, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I graduated from library school in 2001, just months after Wikipedia was launched. So as a freshly minted information professional, it is no surprise that I fell …

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Assessing Digital Preservation at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The following is a guest post by Alice Sara Prael. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library began the “Access to Legacy” project in 2007 with the goal to digitize, describe, and permanently retain millions of presidential documents, photographs, and audiovisual recordings. Since the project began the Library has accumulated over 150 terabytes of data. With …

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Demystifying Digital Preservation for the Audiovisual Archiving Community

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The following is a guest post by Kathryn Gronsbell, Digital Asset Manager, Carnegie Hall; Shira Peltzman, Digital Archivist, UCLA Library; Ashley Blewer, Applications Developer, NYPL; and Rebecca Fraimow, Archivist and AAPB NDSR Program Coordinator, WGBH. The intersection of digital preservation and audiovisual archiving has reached a tipping point. As the media production and use landscape …

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Survey: How Do You Approach Web Archiving?

Posted by: Abbey Potter

Do you have fifteen minutes to tell the National Digital Stewardship Alliance about your organization’s web archiving activities? If the answer is yes, please contribute to the NDSA Web Archiving Survey. By filling out this short survey, your institution will be part of a multi-year project to track the evolution of web archiving programs in …

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Seeking Comment on Migration Checklist

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The NDSA Infrastructure Working Group’s goals are to identify and share emerging practices around the development and maintenance of tools and systems for the curation, preservation, storage, hosting, migration, and similar activities supporting the long term preservation of digital content. One of the ways the IWG strives to achieve their goals is to collaboratively develop …

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Dodge that Memory Hole: Saving Digital News

Posted by: Abbey Potter

Newspapers are some of the most-used collections at libraries. They have been carefully selected and preserved and represent what is often referred to as “the first draft of history.” Digitized historical newspapers provide broad and rich access to a community’s past, enabling new kinds of inquiry and research. However, these kinds of resources are at …

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Dodging the Memory Hole: Collaborations to Save the News

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The news is often called the “first draft of history” and preserved newspapers are some of the most used collections in libraries. The Internet and other digital technologies have altered the news landscape. There have been numerous stories about the demise of the newspaper and disruption at traditional media outlets. We’ve seen more than a …