November 25, 2014

The Library of Congress and CLIR Release National Recording Preservation Plan

From a LC Announcement: The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy […]

Vanderbilt Digital Archive Recovers Lost Civil Rights Voices, Digitized Recordings Now Online

From Vanderbilt University Digitized versions of the original reel-to-reel recordings that author Robert Penn Warren conducted with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and other key leaders in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement are now searchable through the Who Speaks for the Negro website housed at Vanderbilt University. [Clip] The original recordings are held at […]

Audio: Ken Doctor Discusses “Lessons to be Learned From the eBook Battle”

From WBEZ in Chicago (NPR Affiliate): “This is not likely to be the last battle of the device wars. But while Amazon and Apple duke it out, news industry analyst [at Outsell] Ken Doctor  says other content creators should be focusing on the new products—and audiences—they can reach through said devices.  The The Newsonomics author and […]

Audiobooks: Two Reasons to Congratulate Hugh McGuire and the LibriVox Team

What are those two reasons? Direct to LibriVox web site. 1. LibriVox reports that over 100,000,000 public domain audiobooks have been downloaded (free) from their digital collection on the Internet Archive site. “The LibriVox collection is one of the most popular on the Internet Archive,” said Brewster Kahle, Founder and Director of the Internet Archive. […]

New From Kent College of Law/Oyez Project: Searchable/Shareable Audio of Health Care Reform Act Arguments

via Illinois Institute of Technology-Kent College of Law: IIT Chicago-Kent’s Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) has updated its comprehensive multimedia guide on issues related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by making the oral arguments and transcripts more accessible to a wider audience. Visitors to the ISCOTUS healthcare […]

Microsoft Unveils Universal Translator That Converts Your Voice into Another Language

From Extreme Tech: Microsoft Research has shown off software that translates your spoken words into another language while preserving the accent, timbre, and intonation of your actual voice. In a demo of the prototype software, Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s chief research officer, said a long sentence in English, and then had it translated into Spanish, Italian, […]

NPR's "On the Media" Discusses Scholarly Publishing and Elsevier Boycott

Segment Title: Trouble for Elsevier, the Leading Academic Publisher Program: On the Media (WNYC) The segment runs about seven minutes. Late last month, a Cambridge Mathematician wrote a blog post that launched a massive boycott of the largest publisher of academic journals in the world. The boycott, now more than 6,000 academics strong, has ignited a […]

Library and Archives Canada Launches Podcast Series

From LAC: The title of the new podcast series is: Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage Developed and produced by the Resource Discovery Sector at LAC, the series showcases treasures from our vaults and explores topics such as Aboriginal peoples, transportation, immigration, genealogy, government, as well as military and peacekeeping. With […]

Listen Online: National Park Service Releases Historic Audio Recordings Made by Thomas Edison's Recording Engineer

From the Thomas Edison Historical Park/National Park Service News Release: …National Park Service announces the first-time release of 12 historic sound recordings made by Thomas Edison’s recording engineer Theo Wangemann on wax cylinders during 1889-1890 in Germany, Austria, Prussia, and France. The recordings include the voices of eminent German historical figures Otto von Bismarck and […]

Digitization: Montreal's Jewish Public Library Yiddish Audio Collection to Go Digital

From The Canadian Jewish News Thousands of hours of Yiddish audio books and literary programming taped at the Jewish Public Library (JPL) from at least the early 1950s are about to enter the digital age. [Clip] The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., has embarked on a two-year project to remaster and digitize these cassettes […]