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  • Maryn Rich 3:50 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    IPTC Crosswalk 

    Because you can never have too much information on art image metadata, here is a handy crosswalk for IPTC to various image programming labels.


  • Maryn Rich 2:29 pm on April 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Digital Preservation: Dolly’s Lost Tapes 

    I never thought I’d be posting an article about Dolly Parton for this class, but here you go:


    The singer talks about the loss of early recordings and footage. Just goes to show the importance of digital preservation not only in our libraries, but on a personal level.

    • margaritamirabal 1:24 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Dolly is an incredible artist and its a shame that she lost her early recordings and footage. I hope that other artist heed her advise “You need to update it, upgrade it.”

  • Maryn Rich 3:07 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Best of the Web – Western Australia Museum 

    The website I selected to evaluate for “Best of the Web” was the Western Australia Museum website at http://www.museum.wa.gov.au. I chose it for a number of reasons including that I feel Australia seems to be at the forefront of interesting changes and developments in the information science field, it was redeveloped using the open source platform and the summary mentioned implementing geolocation tagging for collections.

    I find the landing page of the website to be fairly standard template. I feel museum websites are tricky in the fact that you are trying to take so much information and gear towards a wide variety of users. It is nice that the site map along with accessibility info and contact information is prominently featured. Searching within the site is done with Google, while searching within the collections is more focused. The main navigation is adequate, but things can get a little tricky once you click into a particular area and you are dealing with three levels of navigation.

    Within the collections you are able to explore their databases. I chose to explore the shipwreck database. The search function is easy to use or you can choose a wreck to explore from the alphabetical listing below. Once you’ve click on a particular wreck, a variety of information is listed including name of the wreck, where it occurred (with a georeferenced map), details on the ship (where it was built, dimensions, port city) links to artifacts from the wreck and sources. All in all, I found the resource to be easy to use and informative.

    • margaritamirabal 1:58 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed using Library’s WA MUSEUM PRESS CLIPPINGS DATABASE. It’s fantastic that its free.

  • Maryn Rich 3:59 pm on February 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    To Digitize, Or Not To Digitize 

    In our last class we touched on the topic of digitization and particularly, digitizing zines. I must say that I’m not sure that is the best way to go in this particular case. I think far too often our answer for access and preservation is digitization. With a small and specific collection such as the zines it is important to think of the users and how they will want to access them. While a digital collection would provide access to a certain amount new users, I believe most would still want to have the actual zines in their hands for all the reasons we discussed in class.


    • Kat Savage 4:49 am on February 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I agree that ‘digitize everything’ is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction/solution to digitization of materials in general. After all, there’s a huge expense of time and money there, and the discussed losses in translation from the actual object to digital surrogate. It’s also important to consider the stress that scanning and photography might put on materials, especially the more delicate ones.

      Of course, I love digitization — I think it’s quite necessary for both preservation and access!

      Maybe a good approach would be to digitize a representative selection of the special collection and really make these representations as rich as possible. Something like some of the very engaging e-books that you can find on the iPad’s bookshelf that really leap off the screen (a feature I haven’t explored too much outside of a digital edition of “Winnie the Pooh.”). This way, the investment of time and money could be spent on quality, rather than quantity (millions and millions of books…) and could direct a user deeper into the collection if their interests and needs take them down that road.

      • lpaolucci 5:51 am on February 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Both of these comments really encourage the questioning of the purpose of digitizing a given collection, as I believe we touched upon in class. My initial thought was that for the sake of preservation, it seems almost sinful to not digitize a zine collection before the paper deteriorates to the point where the words and images are no longer legible or viewable. However, a key point covered in my Conservation and Preservation course last term was that the use of technology for preservation purposes is, though perhaps necessary, only temporary. We were informed that many institutions had put a lot of resources toward saving digital documents on CDs only to discover that by the time they had completed the job, their CD collection was outdated. Perhaps the suggestion offered in class of attempting to photocopy the zines onto the proper conservation-grade paper while retaining much of the zine experience in the object is the best solution, at least as an initial act. Still, though, if the purpose is not just to preserve but to provide access, I am fearful that a zine collection that is not digitized will not get the attention of academic researchers and other interested individuals on a large scale due to their inability to access it. I’m almost ashamed to say it, but growing up and into my teens, I was completely ignorant of zines, and I was the sort of young person that would have loved creating them and sharing them with others. And, obviously, this was before the time when people had internet access in their homes. When I think of how apparently difficult it was for me to discover zines, it seems clear that today’s youth will have a much more difficult time than I did in accessing this part of culture. I imagine that a digital zine presence (and I don’t mean new forms of zines, but digital copies of past, hard copy zines) might really spark new zine creators, and if that’s at all a part of the purpose of digitizing them, it’s probably worth it.

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