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My Day at @LibraryCongress

Here are my notes from the symposium, Transitioning to a Digital Future, from LC last week. Any mistakes are my own, and probably resulted from me trying to type too quickly and keep up with the conversation. I don't think that the official transcript is posted, yet, and I will link to it when it is.


A Day at LC

Tomorrow, I will be joining many librarians and archivists in the area at the Library of Congress's Transitioning to a Digital Future Symposium. From their site: "The symposium will bring together senior managers from the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, the Library of Congress, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and various foundations. Speakers will provide their perspectives on the preservation needs, priorities, and challenges in managing the core collections of the federal government in the 21st century, as well as opportunities for collaborative solutions and possibilities for funding." I'll be meeting some of my LC friends and WRLC colleagues there, and learning about how we can conquer the digital world together! Look for me--I'll be the archivist tweeting and taking notes on an ASUS Transformer!


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!


It's that Time of Year!

That's right! The Library of Congress has added new recordings to the National Recording Registry! I'm excited because this year's additions include Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville's phonotograms that have been featured in the First Sounds project, a hot topic at ARSC.

What I'm not happy about is the NBC Nightly News report from last night where their icon was a picture of Archives I with the words "From the Archives." Even though they mentioned that the recordings were from the Library of Congress I couldn't believe it. Come on! Get your government buildings correct!



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Library Of Congress: Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE)

The Library of Congress is taking a survey of all archivists, librarians, museum curators involved with digital preservation. Please take the survey, which is only 15 questions, so they are more aware of what the current situation is, and might be able to provide us with more sources for help:



At the beginning of this year, the Office of Strategic Initiatives in the Library of Congress launched the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) initiative.  The mission of DPOE is to establish and sustain a national outreach and education program to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content, building on a collaborative network of instructors, contributors, and institutional partners.

Many organizations face numerous challenges in implementing a successful digital preservation program as an integral part of their operations. One of the most critical challenges is obtaining high-quality digital preservation education that is convenient and cost effective.

We invite you to participate in a brief online survey that is designed to capture your digital preservation education needs. The survey, which closes on November 11, 2010, is available here:

The results of this survey will be used to develop course content and delivery options that will assist organizations to establish or augment their digital preservation activities. Your responses will be anonymous; you will not be asked to provide any contact information.

Your input is an invaluable part of this momentous effort to further propel digital preservation awareness and education on a nationwide scale. We look forward to benefiting from your insight so that the DPOE initiative may help to support the development of solutions to your digital preservation needs.

We thank you for your support of this initiative dedicated to meeting today's challenges in digital preservation education.

George Coulbourne
Executive Program Officer
Office of Strategic Initiatives - LM637
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540-2231
Phone: (202) 707-3300
Fax: (202) 707-0815<>