Document Management

Document Management

The Contemporary Analog to Jarndyce v Jarndyce

Help! Floor to Ceiling Books in Saskatchewan

UPI reports: Shaunna Raycraft is lost in a mountain of books. (CBC)What began as a book rescue mission has become a literary nightmare for a Pike Lake, Sask., woman.

Shaunna Raycraft took over a collection of 350,000 books when a neighbour threatened to burn them after her collector husband passed away.

But now Raycraft and her own husband don't know what to do with all the books and are forced to contemplate burning some books themselves.

Raycraft said she was amazed when she first set eyes on the massive collection kept by their neighbours on a nearby acreage. "There was a house floor-to-ceiling with books," said Raycraft. "He was the collector; she had tried to get someone to appraise the books but they wouldn't come out [to the rural setting]."

"She didn't know how to deal with them so she started to burn them," Raycraft explained. But the Raycrafts are book lovers and couldn't stand the sight of them being destroyed. Some of the books appear to be old and quite rare. "There was a first edition copy of Black Beauty on the top pile and the bottom was all charred off [from being burned] but the top was just immaculate," she said.

What to do?? Ideas anyone?

Stanford University's 'Bookless' Library

From the New Yorker's Book Bench: Amid all the fuss over Stanford University’s announcement that they are unveiling a bookless library (is it the wave of the future? A sign of the literary apocalypse?), everyone seemed to be missing one rather obvious point: when it opens in August it will, in spite of the misleading nomenclature, contain books.

True, the new physics and engineering library will house eighty-five percent fewer books, but it isn’t some sort of thought experiment (if a tree falls in a forest with no one to hear, will it still make a noise? If a library contains no books, is it still a library?) or Borgesian symbol. In fact, it isn’t even a sign of the end of books; it’s a result of schools being so overcrowded with them. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Stanford buys the equivalent of two hundred and seventy-three books a day. As you can imagine, that adds up to an awful lot of shelf space and, as a result, Stanford has been forced to move many of their titles to storage facilities miles away

Read more: ...and listen to the NPR story on the 'bookless library'. The library opens August 2.

Dept. of Justice Still Unhappy With Revised Google Book Search Settlement

It appears that there are at least couple of companies in the book biz that are too big for their britches as the saying goes.

Publishers Weekly reports: The Department of Justice dealt a serious blow Thursday evening to the chances that the Google Book Search settlement will gain court approval later this month when it found that the revised agreement still raises class certification, copyright and antitrust issues. The DOJ said that despite “good faith” efforts to modify the agreement, “the amended settlement agreement suffers from the same core problem as the original agreement: it is an attempt to use the class action mechanism to implement forward-looking business arrangements that go far beyond the dispute before the court in this litigation."

Not Just Some National Geographic, All Of It

It's the bane of many a public librarian. The phone rings, you answer it, and then politely decline the caller's offer to donate the last 60 years of National Georgraphic magazine to your library.

"Yes, I'm sure they're in fine condition. Oh? Been in your mother-in-law's house for the last 60 years huh? Yes, I know you want to help out, but we've got several years of it already. Yes, sir I can tell you're happy she's dead but we just don't have any use for that many magazines. No, actually they're not all that valuable - you do realize they print several hundred thousand at a time, right? Yes, so they're not exactly rare or anything."

Now there's a much easier way to get every single issue of National Geographic from the last 120 years and it doesn't involve any donations. You can buy it on its very own hard drive. That's right, you can get every issue of National Geographic since the dawn of humankind on a 160 GB external drive. As a bonus, the collection only takes up 60 GB, so you've got another 100GB to do with as you please.

I wonder if that'd be enough room for every issue of Popular Mechanics...

Digitizing the Grateful Dead

Deadheads rejoice! UC Santa Cruz has received a major grant to help digitize the Grateful Dead Archive at the University Library.

The campus was awarded a National Leadership Grant of $615,175 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)--the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries, one of fifty-one such grants awarded this year.

The grant will enable the UCSC Library to digitize materials from its Grateful Dead Archive and make them available in a unique and cutting-edge web site titled, “The Virtual Terrapin Station.” Report from UCSC.

Digital age and devices

In continuation of my blog entry last Friday, I have thought about the implication of digital device use in educational and other forums. As more and more information is made available in a digital format, I believe that equations about no cell phone, laptops, etc. during class (or other forums) is going to have to evolve even more than it has.

Two Institutional Repository Providers Merge

An announcement dated today notes that the entities behind DSpace and Fedora Commons have merged. The new organization will be called Duraspace and will compete against other packages such as Greenstone which most recently announced that it ported its package to Android after making such work on iPods.

(h/t pmlozeau)

'But I Want Encyclopedias' Says British Library Patron in Letter to the Editor

"I couldn’t believe it. Oswestry Library (UK) no longer stocks encyclopedias. Before the refurbishment, it had both the Encyclopedia Britannia and the World Encyclopedia, the latter beautifully printed and in some respects the better of the two.

The librarian told me that encyclopedias were “old fashioned” (tantamount to saying that books were passe, old hat) and I’d have to go online. Well call me a Luddite if you like (I had an IT bypass yonks ago) but at 68 I’ve no desire to tangle with new technology." More from the Shropshire Star.

DRM In Your Library? Consider This...

Thinking about utilizing a service in your library which uses Digital Rights Management (DRM)?

Consider the wise comic of Randall Munroe:

Running Digital Library Software On An Ipod?

Writing in the Greenstone Blog, Dr. Ian Witten of the University of Waikato brought light upon a paper presented at the recent Joint Conference on Digital Libraries held in Pittsburgh. Dr. Witten noted that New Zealand had more contributions to the conference accepted than South America, Africa, and Australia combined. The paper on running the Greenstone system on an iPod can be found using the Association for Computing Machinery portal.

Post-Its + RFID

Everyone who's ever worked in a modern office uses Post-Its for something. I use them for coffee cup coasters because, once I tack one down, I know it won't blow off the desk. The design is brilliant and simple and that's probably why no one ever tried to improve on it.

Until MIT got their hands on them.

They've added RFID tags to Post-It notes.

Freak out.

In Storing 1’s and 0’s, the Question Is $

LISTEN. Do you hear it? The bits are dying.

The digital revolution has spawned billions upon billions of gigabytes of data, from the vast electronic archives of government and business to the humblest photo on a home PC. And the trove is growing — the International Data Corporation, a technology research and advisory firm, estimates that by 2011 the digital universe of ones and zeros will be 10 times the size it was in 2006.

But the downside is that much of this data is ephemeral, and society is headed toward a kind of digital Alzheimer’s. What’s on those old floppies stuck in a desk drawer? Can anything be read off that ancient mainframe’s tape drive? Will today’s hard disk be tomorrow’s white elephant?

Data is “the natural resource for the Internet age,” said Francine Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, a national center for high-performance computing resources. But, she added, “digital data is enormously fragile.” It can degrade as it is stored, copied and transferred between hard drives across data networks. The storage systems might not be around or accessible in the future — it is like putting precious information on eight-track tapes.

Full story in the New York Times.

Format Obsolescence

Jonathan Betz-Zall writes "The mainstream media notices the problem of data
obsolescence in an article by
Bill Virgin
,the main business columnist for the Seattle Post Intelligencer."

Document Management in the Digital Age

Anonymous Patron writes "From CIO Today: Despite the continued use of paper, and to some degree because of it, digital document management seems to be taking on a new level of acceptance. In fact, electronic filing systems are taking hold in all types of organizations. Whether this means converting paper records to digital form or organizing documents that are created electronically in the first place, systems for storing and referring documents are becoming more common and less costly."

Found - barely - the petition that sparked a revolt

tqft writes "JOCK Murphy was delighted. "You wouldn't do this job if you weren't excited by this sort of thing," the State Library manuscripts librarian said after viewing a 13-metre-long document discovered on a rubbish tip."

Read the rest of the story here.

Sad to think of what else was lost let alone how much will never be preserved.

Without a time machine how do you decide what future archeologists, historians and socioligsts will want to know.

Once upon a time it was the lives of rulers that consumed academia, now a great focus is on daily life."

Collections for the Future

Kathleen writes "The Collections for the Future report published June 14 2005 follows an 18-month unquiry by the Museums Association into the condition and use of the UK‘s museum collections.
Over 500 organisations and individuals were consulted and the result is a comprehensive document examining a range of issues from access and acquisition to dispersal and disposal.
The report puts forward a number of examples where museums have done just that. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is one such example. Opened in 2003, this open store gives the public a chance to view objects that would otherwise have been hidden away due to lack of display space in the city’s museums and galleries."


kmccook writes "This is a press release from SmallTownPapers.

SmallTownPapers is an online gateway to newspapers from small town America -- past and present. Working with publishers from across the country, the company digitally scans current and archived newspapers and then provides online access. Through the SmallTownPapers website, the newspaper archives can be searched by keyword or phrase and viewed as originally printed. SmallTownPapers, Inc. is based in Seattle, WA. For more information visit"

Lock up your copies - Intel wants them?

Cortez writes "I don't know if this is the truth, but if you do hold a copy you might want to make sure it's still there:
"Message from Intel

We are looking for the April 19, 1965 issue of Electronics Magazine (contains "Moore's Law" article by Gordon Moore, Intel co-founder).

$10,000 for mint condition copy! Will choose based on best condition - take good photos!

Library or museum copies ineligible unless sold by those entities.
Intel employees & their families ineligible.
Will consider purchasing addtl copies at a lower price.
Respond only if you have exact match."


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