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Microsoft will provide technology to the Library of Congress to take a
virtual tour of the library. One of the reasons cited is so that visitor s can plan where they are going, but they may also be able to interact with documents. Very cool stuff.
Enjoy African music? Now you can listen to it on a VOA blog. The Voice of America has launched African Music Treasures, its first blog designed especially for African music fans around the world.
Matthew Lavoie, host of VOA's popular Music Time in Africa music show, will moderate the blog featuring music from VOA's extensive and rare African music collection, music commentary, audio clips, bios of interesting musicians, and chats with online participants.
"Our archive is overflowing with rare music from every country in Africa," said Lavoie. "I'm excited to share it with my fellow enthusiasts," he added.
Bible pages printed more than five centuries ago are among the highlights of a new exhibit in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. The display — called the “The Literal Bible” — features eight rare leaves from an original first edition of the King James Bible, printed on cotton in 1611, as well as several pages from a fourth edition of the Gutenberg Bible, printed in 1462.
The free exhibit began this week and runs through the end of April in the private museum at 220 North St., inside a former church. The museum’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Buffalo News has more.
The Sound Directions project at Harvard University and Indiana University announces the publication of Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation, which is available as a PDF from www.dlib.indiana.edu/projects/sounddirections/. This 168-page publication presents the results of two years of research and development funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in the United States. This work was carried out by project and permanent staff at both institutions in consultation with an advisory board of experts in audio engineering, audio preservation, and digital libraries.
Sound Directions: Best Practices for Audio Preservation establishes best practices in many areas where they did not previously exist. This work also explores the testing and use of existing and emerging standards. It includes chapters on personnel and equipment for preservation transfer, digital files, metadata, storage, preservation packages and interchange, and audio preservation systems and workflows. Each chapter is divided into two major parts: a preservation overview that summarizes key concepts for collection managers and curators, followed by a section that presents recommended technical practices for audio engineers, digital librarians, and other technical staff. This latter section includes a detailed look at the inner workings of the audio preservation systems at both Harvard and Indiana. -- Read More
Tara found out about this archive thanks to a story in the Plattsburgh (New York) Press-Republican, which announced recently the first phase of its online archive. The first round of its digitization project will put 270,000 pages of its back issues (1959 to 1992) online.
The pages will be available on the Press-Republican’s Web site, but will ALSO be available, for free, at the Northern New York Historical Newspapers Web site, which is at http://news.nnyln.net . This yummy crunchy site has over 900,000 pages of archives from 27 newspapers.
...But then came digital. And suddenly the film industry is wrestling again with the possibility that its most precious assets, the pictures, aren’t as durable as they used to be.
The problem became public, but just barely, last month, when the science and technology council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the results of a yearlong study of digital archiving in the movie business. Titled “The Digital Dilemma,” the council’s report surfaced just as Hollywood’s writers began their walkout. Busy walking, or dodging, the picket lines, industry types largely missed the report’s startling bottom line: To store a digital master record of a movie costs about $12,514 a year, versus the $1,059 it costs to keep a conventional film master.
Oopsy! Hundreds of items of historical significance, including a valuable Group of Seven painting, have gone missing over the years from the province's archives, the Auditor-General noted in his annual report yesterday.
The report found a number of weaknesses in the Archives of Ontario's inventory control that may have resulted in the losses.
"While progress has been made in the last few years, the Archives of Ontario does not yet have adequate information to ensure that all government records of historical significance are being identified, securely archived and made readily available to the public," Auditor-General Jim McCarter said.
Library acquires Pinter archive: The archive of Britain's leading writer and playwright, Harold Pinter, has been acquired by the British Library.
"We look forward to making the material accessible to researchers, and to playing our part in celebrating his life and work."
One librarian had a lifetime collection of books reflecting African-American life and culture. Another librarian was in charge of a secure, temperature-controlled archive room in a city that values diversity highly.
Once the two met and began talking, the outcome was clear.
"I'm just happy they found a home," Barbara Polk Riley said as she formally signed over the 1,881 volumes Wednesday to the Plainfield Public Library.
It seems like giving an award to someone that was just fired doesn't make much sense. But that's exactly what happened Sunday in Putnam County. Members of the West Virginia Historical Society honored Fred Armstrong with the Virgil A. Lewis award. Armstrong was the WV archivist director before loosing his job last month.