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Entries in Conferences (6)


#SAA11: Saturday

I'm sitting at O'Hare, waiting for my flight. I didn't want to take a chance with Hurricane Irene and in case my flight gets cancelled, I'm here to pester them to get on another flight. I'm among many east coast archivists waiting... Anyway...

This morning I attended two sessions before I had to leave for the airport. If I waited any later, I could have been late. I attended sessions 503 and 601. 503 was great because I got to hear in person some of the information that I've been researching for the DPC concerning archival collaborations and consortiums. I now realized why there are two versions of the California Digital Library (OAL and Calisphere), and why NCEcho has very basic metadata for their projects (they're a separate institution working with many smaller institutions, some of which have no full-time staff, and they needed a very simple schema to make their program feasible across their community).

I'm glad I ended with session 601, Rappin' with a Fiddle. The session focused on music collections, unfortunately, not much audio, but the manuscript collections (including awesome avant garde music manuscripts) were very interesting! Most impressive was the Tupac Shakur Collection at the Atlanta University Center.

I can't wait until I get home so I can do some further research into all of these collections!

Also, for all the great archivists I met this week, please stay in touch, especially if you need any a/v advice!


ATMLA Conference and Pre-Conference Workshops

I'm no longer a member of MLA--my professional goals diverted and I had to make a choice of paying for audio archives memberships or music library memberships. Anyway, I still watch that world, and the upcoming meeting of ATMLA (Atlantic Chapter of MLA) is having its annual meeting in DC, specifically at American University. They are holding super cheap pre-conference workshops on reference, sound recording cataloging, and acquisition:

The early registration fee of $15 has been extended to Wednesday, October 6.


Music Librarianship: Just the Basics

Friday, October 15, 2010

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

American University

Washington, DC

The Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association (ATMLA) and American University invite you to join us for workshops on music reference, sound recording cataloging and music collection development. 

The workshops are a pre-conference to  ATMLA’s chapter meeting and part of the Music Library Association's Educational Outreach Program.  The program provides workshops on the basics of music librarianship to individuals working in or considering a career in libraries.

The workshops will be offered concurrently, and led by practicing music librarians.  Pre-conference participants are invited to attend a luncheon and the ATMLA chapter meeting immediately following the pre-conference.  The cost is included in the $20 registration fee

($15 early registration available until October 6).

For more information and to register, see the ATMLA chapter meeting website:

Or contact:

Nobue Matsuoka-Motley

American University  

(202) 885-3465



Video Fair Use

Over the last week, ALA was in DC. As an archivist, and because I attended ARSC and will be attending SAA soon, I did not attend. However, I received an email to attend a focus group on the fair use of video last Sunday. I took the opportunity to meet some librarians to see if they had answers to some of my questions dealing with preservation and rights releasing of moving image media, especially concerning the ability to stream this media.

Generally, the focus group believed that original media should be freely preserved and accessible in a carrier format. The iffy area is when material of somewhat vague copyright is loaned, or in more recent demand, streamed. As long as the librarians can protect the content by a reserve login, especially for a class, streaming or files on demand for a limited time is alright. Sounds good to me. However, no one had an answer for my question--in less than a decade, maybe in five years, carrier formats (DVDs) will probably be gone, blue-ray or not. What are librarians going to do about fair use with only streaming or only files that reside on a harddrive? Are they making plans for the future? The librarians agreed they had no answer for me, and the commercial needs usually dictated what happened in their library.

I ask though--Knowing this trend will happen, knowing we will have to adapt again, WHAT IF WE COULD SET THE STANDARDS FOR ONCE?!


Web Presentation Survey Results

I've been finding some interesting results from my survey. My initial email to the SAA listserv produced a few responses from archivists without websites. However, all of my responses from my survey on the Lone Arrangers' listserv were from archivists with archive websites who want to add different things, or understand website development better. I've also received a few questions about online finding aids (those I can answer!) but also online databases. While I do use them, and can add to them, creating one is quite different.

One thing that most archivists would benefit from is analytics software on their websites. Most are not sure exactly how researchers get to or use their websites. Without that knowledge, it is difficult to develop any website to suit a researcher's needs. I think this is going to be a major focus of my presentation.

Another similarity--archivists are stretched too thin. They don't have enough time to complete their work, let alone start a web-based project. It's frustrating, but nice to know I'm in similar company.


I Get Around(table)

I will be giving a brief presentation on web development tools at the Lone Arrangers' Roundtable Committee Meeting at SAA on Wednesday, August 11.

I have sent out a survey to the Roundtable asking several questions:

  • Does your institution have a website?
  • Are you part of a larger institution that has a website, but you don't have a webpage/site? If so, does that larger institution have a web designer/developer/designated poster of web content?
  • If you have a page/site, or think you can get your institution to list your page/site, are you permitted to post content or do changes have to be sent to a central web developer? If so, would you like to expedite the posting process?
  • Does your institution have a web server to host the site (a server for storage is different than a server for a website)?
  • How does your typical user find you? What types of information most interests them?
  • Could you spare at least a half hour a day, for a few days a week?
  • Is there anything you've seen on a website that you would like to re-create? If so, if you could send me the link, that would be helpful.
  • Do you have any other questions about websites or tools available to create/edit websites?

I will use the responses to shape my presentation, whether I focus more on designing using online hosts, or using widgets to customize a current site, or being aware of what goes on behind the scenes, or promoting the site better though SEO. I bet a lot of people would also like to see what analytics software can do for them!