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  • Carly Bogen 1:07 am on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: folklore, job opportunities   

    I thought someone in this class might be interested in applying for this job posting:


    “The University of Maine, Maine Folklife Center is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a professional position for curating analog and digital recordings, photographs and documents in the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History. This is full-time, one year fixed length position.

    Responsibilities and Duties: The Archives Manager will communicate daily with the Director and weekly with the archivist at the American Folklife Center throughout the digitization process. The Primary responsibility of this position is to prepare audio materials for digitization and to digitize photographs and documents following best practices set forth by the Library of Congress.”

    We’ve certainly gathered some relevant experience doing the class project for this course!

  • Frank Baldaro 4:26 am on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alan Lomax, , folklore   

    The Global Jukebox and Us 

    In case you missed it, the New York Times posted a fabulous article about the Alan Lomax Collection.


    Lomax was the paterfamilias of American ethnomusicology and folklore. His efforts to record and classify the country’s folk and traditional music culminated in the Global Jukebox project, a vast archive of more than 17,000 free music tracks. About his methods, the Times notes:

    “Looking for commonalities among musical styles from all over the world, he early on began using personal computers to help develop criteria to identify and classify such similarities, in the process creating something very much like the algorithms used today by Pandora and other music streaming services.”

    He was deeply concerned with making his collection available to the communities he was documenting, and the article touches on some of the complexities inherent in the project. It’s an interesting read, and one I think we’d be remiss not to consider in light of our semester’s work.

    • Cristina Pattuelli 12:41 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Frank. Great minds…

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