#5DaysOfPreservation-Join In The Fun

Kevin over at Library Preservation 2 has a great idea. To read Kevin’s full post, go to Library Preservation 2. Let’s spread the word!


Here’s my idea. During the 5 working days of July 14-18, 2014 anyone (or any institution) with any bit of preservation responsibility take at least one picture each day of something that depicts what preservation looks like for them that day and post it online with the hashtag #5DaysOfPreservation  It could be copying files off floppy disks, repairing a book, participating in a meeting, attending to a leaky roof, inspecting film reels, showing off a new piece of equipment, or however preservation looks to you that day..

Mizzou Seeking Donations To Recover From Mold Outbreak

As many of you have heard the University of Missouri has suffered a large mold outbreak in their offsite facility. They have set up a fundraising campaign to help raise the necessary money to treat or replace the affected collections.

“In October 2013, mold was discovered growing on books and bound journal volumes throughout the University of Missouri System’s secondary offsite facility, UMLD2. This facility holds approximately 600,000 volumes that belong to the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. To assist with MU Libraries’ response to the mold bloom, we have established this fund. Your gift will be used to treat, relocate and in some cases, replace items impacted by mold. Our goal is to ensure that MU Libraries’ ability to serve the needs of our users is not compromised by this sad event. A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated!”

To read more see Missouri’s donation page. The University has also put up an FAQ page with more information. Please share broadly on all your social media platforms.

Internship Opportunity–Iowa State University

With a generous gift from the Lennox Foundation, the Lennox Foundation Endowment for Preservation Education, Training and Outreach was established to fund graduate level internships in library and archives preservation administration and conservation, and to support the educational outreach activities of the Iowa State University (ISU) preservation staff. Each year, a twelve-week internship will be offered by the ISU Library Preservation Department to provide graduate students with practical experience and exposure to preservation in an academic library environment.

This internship is intended to give current graduate students and recent graduates of preservation and conservation programs the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of care and treatment of library and archives materials in an academic library. Interns will work in the ISU Library Preservation Department with guidance from the Head of Preservation and the Library Conservator.

The 2012 Lennox Foundation Internship provides a $3,200 stipend and university housing for 12 weeks.  Applications must be received by Thursday, January 19, 2012.  

Read more here

NARA Releases New Archives Digitization Tools

Check out the tools now available from NARA!

As part of our open government initiatives, the National Archives has begun to share applications developed in-house on GitHub, a social coding platform.  GitHub is a service used by software developers to share and collaborate on software development projects and many open source development projects.

Over the last year and a half, our Digitization Services Branch has developed a number of software applications to facilitate digitization workflows.  These applications have significantly increased our productivity and improved the accuracy and completeness of our digitization work.

We shared our experiences with these applications with colleagues at other institutions such as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, and they expressed interest in trying these applications within their own digitization workflows.  We have made two digitization applications, “File Analyzer and Metadata Harvester” and “Video Frame Analyzer” available on GitHub, and they are now available for use by other institutions and the public.

Read more on NARAtions.

Hathi Trust Constitutional Convention

I was alerted to this blog post summarizing the recent Hathi Trust meeting. Some of you may find this interesting.

Ballot proposals, amendments (friendly and otherwise), coalition building, lobbying, weighted voting formulas, and roll-call votes are not usual features of librarian gatherings. But HathiTrust is no ordinary library collaboration, so the first HathiTrust Constitutional Convention was bound to be unusual as well.

General information about the Constitutional Convention (including original ballot proposals, agenda, and delegates list) was made available and open to the public for quite some time in advance of the convention. In another nod to transparency, facilitator extraordinaireAbby Smith Rumsey, put no restrictions of blogging, tweeting, or otherwise broadcasting the proceedings, except to encourage us to “Tweet Responsibly.” Although there were only a few of us who took her up on the challenge, you can check out the hashtag #htcc to see how well we did.

So, what actually happened at the HTCC, and what does it mean?

The scorecard:
Proposals 1, 2, 3, 4, & 7 passed
Proposal 5 was tabled
Proposal 6 failed

Amendments made it into most of the proposals (with Jeremy York doing an incredible job of editing on the fly); but my recollection is that few of the amendments changed anything substantial about the intent of the proposals. Given how awesomely open Hathi has been about everything to date, I expect the amended proposals will be available soon.

My thoughts and observations:

Read more over at Feral Librarian.

Farewell Sue Allen

Our colleagues at Parks Library Preservation have posted a letter from Sue Allen’s son on her passing. We will miss her expertise and her voice. 

We are mourning the passing of Sue R. Allen, who died on August 25 at the age of 93.  Sue was an inspiring scholar of book history, a graphic artist, and an exceptional and gracious individual.  She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.

The following memorial statement was written by her son, and shared with the Rare Book School community.

‘Born in Natick, Massachusetts, on August 2, 1918, and raised in the Boston area, Sue was graduated from Girls’ Latin School and the Massachusetts College of Art. As the graphic artist at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, her calendars and other pieces delighted readers with their clarity and spirited liveliness. In 1955, she married Greer Allen, then a designer at the University of Chicago Press, and subsequently University Printer at Yale; their marriage lasted almost 50 years, until his death in 2005.’

Continue reading the letter at Parks Library Preservation.

Loss of vital records comes to light

NEW YORK (AP) — Letters written by Helen Keller. Forty-thousand photographic negatives of John F. Kennedy taken by the president’s personal cameraman. Sculptures by Alexander Calder and Auguste Rodin. The 1921 agreement that created the agency that built the World Trade Center.

Besides ending nearly 3,000 lives, destroying planes and reducing buildings to tons of rubble and ash, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks destroyed tens of thousands of records, irreplaceable historical documents and art.

In some cases, the inventories were destroyed along with the records. And the loss of human life at the time overshadowed the search for lost paper. A decade later, agencies and archivists say they’re still not completely sure what they lost or found, leaving them without much of a guide to piece together missing history.

Read more online. A good reminder that duplicate inventories should also be kept off site if still in paper form.