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Musings of a librarian, former archivist, musician, bibliophile, and tech-obsessed.

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Major Update!

I have worked as an archivist for the past four years at Catholic University. I have enjoyed my time there and the numerous opportunities I had to develop policies, procedures, and infrastructure for photographic, audio, and moving image collections, and most recently digital collections, in addition to other archival duties such as processing, reference, and preservation. Because of the evolution of my work from the physical to the digital and the technological achievements I accomplished, I decided it was time for new challenges and opportunities.

On February 10, I will leave CUA, and on February 13, I will be starting at the University of Maryland as their Digital Collections Librarian. This is a new position, under the Library IT department, and will focus on creating digital collections and policies for digital collections across all of the library departments. While I will always have a strong passion for archival audiovisual materials, I have decided that this position will best help me with my career goals while allowing me to advance with my career out of an entry-level position. While I am no longer an "archivist" by title, I will still identify with this profession as I will be working with the content-managers of these and other collections to digitize and make accessible archival, special, and other less common collections and materials.

On this site and my Twitter feed, I will still discuss audiovisual media and technologies, but since I will be focusing on other digital technologies and processes, I will also be discussing these in more detail, hopefully bringing useful information to a new audience.

I thank my colleagues at Catholic and throughout WRLC--without your guidance and opportunities to prove myself, I would not have been ready to take this position. I also thank my future colleagues Maryland, who have already made me feel welcome--I look forward to the new challenges we will start together!


Progress in the E-Book World

Owning a Kindle is no longer as limiting as it once was. Unlike other e-readers, Amazon did not allow e-book vendors to provide the proprietary kindle book format to users, which meant kindle users could not borrow e-books from the library, whereas Nook, Kobo, and Sony e-reader users could. Overdrive, which provides e-books to many libraries (but not all), will soon be allowed to provide the Kindle format. I still prefer my Nook!


Copyright, a "Universal Library," and Google

In 2004, Google had a plan to mass-digitize many large libraries to create one large universal, digital library. While copyright prevented the release of many newly digitized books into the public sphere, the books were available to the owning institutions, and were available to the public in snippets. Of course publishing companies were still not satisfied with this. The current lawsuits are briefly descried in this article. Instead of courts weighing in, the issues has been referred to Congress. Not only could the decision of Congress affect books, but would most likely affect audio recordings and other media. And, unfortunately, as in the past, Congress will most likely be persuaded by the corporations (the US has some of the most complicated copyright law in the world for a reason).

It's still nice to dream of a universal library, and a world where archivists can do their job preserving books and recordings for the future.


Something Fun for Friday...

If only this app existed when I was a lowly student assistant, reshelving books late into the night, after all the music history students completed their term papers...



If you've been in the library world just in the past few years, you know the controversy surrounding the Google Books Project. Well, I'm finally okay with the mass-digitization project that rocked the library world. Why? I can download these free e-books to my nook for FREE! I'm not sure if this was the reason behind the project, or a fortuitous effect, but I'm happy I can read my favorite classics, and catch up on all the books I should have read in high school but didn't! I won't be buying books for a while!