libraries

DC/SLA Board of Directors 2017

Posted on

For archival purposes mostly…

Link to newsletter here.

Yes, I am on the board for 2017-2020 on the chapter president track.

J.

#Copyright and #CopyrightX

Posted on

Good morning everyone.

I am planning to apply to the Harvard law School / HarvardX / Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University’s networked course, CopyrightX.

The application process involves several long questions to justify interest, sort of like a personal statement when applying to graduate school.

Has anyone out there applied to this course in the past who would be willing to offer any advice?

Thank you in advance,

Jesse

Limit of Time for #Librarian of Congress

Posted on Updated on

151013_LCreadingRoom

According to the Library Journal, Congress is debating whether to put a 10-year limit on the position of Librarian of Congress.

It has been a life-position since 1802.

According to the article, the Senate has already passed the bill unanimously – which has then sent it to the House to vote.

Curious, what do people think about this?

Supposedly, ALA is supportive of the change.

Thoughts?

Thank you for reading.

Jesse

#Libraries Deepen the #Past with #History

Posted on Updated on

One thing that seems to have gotten lost in the current conversation about access to information in libraries, scholarly communication (by way of Open Access Journals etc) is the notion that these technologies do not very well represent the past.

The Digital Humanities folks seem to be the best workers toward goals of representing the past with their digitization projects and increased contextualization of those documents. The time one takes to learn a subject is also an exhibition of time itself connected with artifacts, ephemera, books, and archived websites.

I mean, design in the networked era is always changing but there is nary a place to appreciate the web itself as a historically situated technology and tool that collects history.

The Internet Archive is the only place where the history of the internet can be browsed.

But that is only one place. Might we need an archive of the archive? You know, Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe (L.O.C.K.S.S.). Yes, a micro-tangent.

They do offer a service (for a fee) for cultural heritage institutions called Archive-It, with which libraries, universities, museums etc can curate web crawls (collections of specifically chosen internet archives). This has some value. I worked with this tool a few years back at Folger Shakespeare Library.

But the main issue I see with the internet, digitized objects, born-digital resources, e-books, etc (and their archiving) is that the objects themselves, the files (be they DRM free, MP3, .PDF, .JPEG Open Source or Free Software tools, etc) is that the marks of history fail to make any impression on the objects themselves. These objects (say,  digitized manuscripts from the 16th century in Arabic) may be surrounded by dates, historical contextualization and narrative, but are not, in my view, fundamentally distinguishable from an object created just 15 minutes ago. The encoding of the object is the same and the viewing is from the same point-of-view –  –  – from a screen or networked device of some kind.

Books and paper do not have this trouble. Each copy of an analog object is physically dis-ambiguous from its “exact” copy right beside it AND the travels and journeys (its history) will become evident increasingly over time because we live in a physical world. The networked age and digital agenda can not represent this fact. It can only state it – a fundamentally different thing.

Libraries and museums as physical spaces full of physical objects CAN and DO represent the past in a more visceral mode.

Comments?

Thank you for reading.

Jesse.

Surveillance & Privacy Publication at Library Journal

Posted on Updated on

colldevlambertson

My collection development article, Careful, You’re Being Watched: Surveillance & Privacy, has just been published at Library Journal.

The print edition is out in August and will feature more information and resources.

Please click on over to read this version and subscribe to Library Journal or head on over to your local library to peruse the print.

Thank you for reading.

Jesse

#Library Conferences Promotion on Tumblr

Posted on Updated on

To engage the world-wide-collection of library and information related conferences and annual meetings, I have taken over the Library Conferences blog at tumblr and its associated Twitter feed.

avatar_09efbfbab3ef_128

This is fun.

Plus, it’s another way to promote the various and diverse library/information/collections/metadata (you get the idea) conferences and annual meetings happening every year in the United States and elsewhere.

Librarians like outreach right. That is what I am doing for annual meetings and conferences from large-scale to local (as time allows).

Click on over to the tumblr site and follow the Twitter feed.

You can also follow me @jlibraryist and @meta21st (an ongoing project).

Thank you for reading,

Jesse L.