May 17, 2021

33 Digitized Historic Audio and Video Recordings Added to Online Archive of California and Calisphere

From a California Digital Library Announcement: CDL is pleased to announce the recent addition of 33 digitized sound and video recordings to the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere, as part of a pilot project to investigate hosting and providing access to A/V media. These recordings were digitized by the California AudioVisual Preservation Project (CAVPP), […]

Audio: Wikimedia’s Executive Director, Sue Gardner, Speaks at New Librarians Event in Australia

Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation (the organization that “powers” Wikipedia) was interviewed last week at ALIA’s 6th New Librarians Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. Richard Fidler from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation conducted the interview. An audio podcast of the conversation is now available online. Stream online or download (mp3).

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 […]