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Digital Public Library of the Future

Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society has released an initiative and survey open to the public so that the public can comment on what America's Digital Library should look like and contain. I hope they post the results of this survey, because this may help WRLC's digital initiative as we design our facade to digital collections.


Tweeting Conferences--Is It Rude?

Tweeting during conferences makes sessions interesting and sometimes more beneficial to those not attending sessions, or to get commentary on what is being said. However, during MARAC, I often felt like it might be rude to tweet during the session, even if what I wanted to tweet was an inspirational quote or positive comment on what was being said. I was reminded of this by a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. So what do you think--is tweeting during sessions a good or bad thing? Comment on this post or tweet me: @AVArchivist.



Congrats to Yale!

Congrats to Yale for making over 250,000 images available online! The project is possible due to their new open access policy. The Digital Commons catalog contains content from several of their libraries and special collections. I'd love to find out what hosting/presentation software they use. It's very clean and easy to search!


National Jukebox!

The Library of Congress made a huge leap in the world of digital audio archives yesterday! They released they National Jukebox project, a free, public database of audio from between 1901-1925! LC has been granted free streaming rights by Sony Music Entertainment, who owns the copyright (so if you want to use the audio for anything, good luck getting permission!). If you want to read more about it, go to their site! While it's disappointing that the over 10,000 audio recordings aren't in the public domain, this is one small step in the fight to get recording companies to give archives and libraries more control over content that really should be in the public domain!


The New Tablet/Netbook

I really want an EEE Pad Transformer by ASUS! It's a netbook and a tablet in one that run on the Android system.

I want something for conferences and the many committee meetings at GW, so I don't have to translate my poor penmanship when I get back to campus. I want to actually make the edits on the documents we work on in the meetings, at the meetings! My bad back prevents me from hauling my laptop on the metro, and commuters prevent me from getting a wheel laptop bag (because it's actually harder to wheel something through a crowd than it is to break your back carrying it). I've been eying the Xoom since it came out many months ago, but on an archivist's salary, I just can't justify it, and it doesn't have all of the functionalities I want. I've looked at countless netbooks but I haven't been fully satisfied because I want to switch to the Android platform.

This may just be the answer to my tech problems AND it's much more affordable than the Xoom or ipad!

This is one of the more extensive reviews I've found.