December 14, 2017

South Dakota: State Archives Going Digital

From The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD): The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Archives has gone digital. The State Archives, in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, collects, preserves, and makes available manuscript collections, South Dakota state, county and local government records, photographs, maps and other archival materials which have permanent historical and research value. […]

Washington University Libraries Join HathiTrust Partnership

From a News Release: Washington University Libraries has joined HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries to preserve and provide access to the published record in a digital form, announced Shirley K. Baker, Washington University’s vice chancellor for scholarly resources and dean of University Libraries. WUSTL, which joined HathiTrust Jan. 1, 2012, now […]

Canada: University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University Welcome $1.7M Videomatica Film Collection

From UBC: An exceptional film collection valued at $1.7 million will be housed and preserved by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Videomatica – a long-loved video rental store that opened in 1983 and specialized in rare and esoteric titles – is donating the bulk of 28,000 DVDs, 4,000 VHS titles and […]

Rare Books Staff From American U. of Cairo Help Restore Burned Institut d'Égypte Documents

From the News@AUC Post: The Rare Books and Special Collections Library and Archives (RBSCL) sent nine of its staff members last week to assist Dar El Kutub [Egyptian National Library] in the salvaging of books and documents damaged during the recent fire at the Institut d’Egypte. These volunteers, who are experienced in handling rare and […]

Digital Preservation: "Today’s Digital Documents are Tomorrow’s Dinosaurs"

From a Washington Times Op/Ed by Rob Hummel and Jimmy Kemp: Digital preservation for the federal government is a monumental task. One of the challenges facing federal workers is that long before the complete set of records is digitized, those workers will be required to start making copies of the records they just created, a […]

New: Report on Open Access and Preservation Policies in Europe

Via a LIBER Blog Post Summary: The ERAC (European Research Area Committee) on National Open Access and Preservation Policies has published a report called “Analysis of a Questionnaire to the European Research Area Committee”. The report shows that open access is backed by a growing number of universities, research centres and funding agencies across Europe. […]

Announcing the bwFLA-Project (Baden-Wuerttemberg Functional Longterm Archiving and Access)

From the Open Planets Foundation: The bwFLA project (Baden-Wuerttemberg Functional Longterm Archiving and Access) is a two-year state sponsored project with the goal of defining and providing a practical implementation of archival workflows for the rendering of digital objects (i.e. easily accessed by users) in its original environment (i.e. application). [Clip] To maintain the accessibility […]

Early Sound Recordings by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880s Played Back With New Technology

UPDATE: You can now listen to the recordings online via the Library of Congress. Direct to Recordings ||| Additional Info via Library of Congress The team has successfully submitted six discs—all experimental recordings made by Volta—to the sound recovery process known as IRENE/3D (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), a process developed by Berkeley Lab in […]

A Literature Review: What Exactly Should We Preserve? How Scholars Address This Question and Where is the Gap

New online via arXiv. Title: A Literature Review: What Exactly Should We Preserve? How Scholars Address This Question and Where is the Gap by Jyue Tyan Low This review addresses the question of what exactly should we preserve, and how the digital preservation community and scholars address this question. The paper first introduces the much-abused-term […]

eBook Preservation: Cambridge University Press to Preserve Cambridge Books Online with Portico

From a Portico Announcement: Cambridge University Press will preserve its Cambridge Books Online content with Portico. Through this agreement, Cambridge extends its relationship with Portico, which began in 2006 with the publisher’s commitment to deposit its entire list of e-journals in the Portico archive. “As more users turn to online access for books, a digital […]