Virtual Museum Collections, 19th Century Style Our digital age is not the discoverer of scanning technology, though it is in the process of discovering how to do mass scanning, at least of flat objects. On a recent visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (one of our Partners), Jennifer Schaffner and I discussed the museum’s digitisation plans with Doug Dodds, Head of Central Services. These are ambitious: they intend to digitise all 750k objects from their Prints and Drawings Study Room collection over the next few years. They have already digitised the first 2,500, and are working systematically, with an intention not simply to ‘cherry-pick’ the obvious items for digitisation. Doug was however keen to show us that the V&A has been in the virtual collection business for a long time – and a particular heyday occurred in the late 19th century.
Sorry, but the article or page you’re looking was not found. In May 2013, Library Journal underwent a major server migration for its archived web content, which happened slightly sooner than originally expected. As a result, much of the content from 2004 to 2012 is currently unavailable to the public. However, this content has not been lost, and our web staff is in the process of converting these past articles for integration into the WordPress-based website you see here, which was launched in 2012. Many of these older articles have already been restored, and more will continue to be restored on an ongoing basis as they are cleaned up.
Toward Digitizing All Forms of Documentation Abstract Large-scale book scanning projects are delivering unprecedented access to the majority of library holdings by giving users unparalleled access to vast collections of books. However, these efforts have focused on typical bound books, which leaves many forms of documentation out of the digitization framework. We present techniques that we have developed to digitize numerous other forms of documentation, including deteriorated manuscripts and photography.
That hold and rest. The clavicle is the first bone to begin ossifying and the last to finish: a long bone, hard, and without marrow. A small bolt that fastens you limb to body: either of two curvings attaching breastbone to shoulders rounded, thrown back. Part of the pectoral girdle, that embracing trap, where fins derived before arms. Rising above it the stalk of your neck, and below it sits your first rib. All the time I have spent my cheek against the clavicle of my lover, and even if there is a need in the bone to be near bone. On the Virtues of Preexisting Material: A Manifesto :: absent ma
The official title of Session 102 was We’re Not the Destination, We’re the Journey: Revealing Archival Collections at the Web’s Surface. If you attended this session or don’t want to read through the details, you can skip to the end and just read my thoughts on this session. California Digital Library SAA2008: Revealing Archival Collections at the Web’s Surface (Se
A role for ‘Libraries of the Future’ in the UK: d The Guardian newspaper in the UK has today published an education supplement devoted to JISC’s ‘Libraries of the Future’ theme. This reflects excellent communications work by JISC, whose Annual Conference was held last week in Birmingham, with OCLC as its main sponsor. Malcolm Read, JISC Executive Secretary. Flickr image by James F Clay Several of our UK RLG Programs Partners are mentioned in the various articles.
Our friends at UC Berkeley reminded me that I was going to blog about the talk that Richard Ovenden (Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) gave for the CURL Research Support Task Force. I did not attend the talk, but my colleagues Jennifer and John did. Perhaps they can fill in with their own impressions in another post. My comments are based on this fine writeup from the Archives Hub Blog. I write this as a follow up to my posting on Fran Blouin’s talk. Interesting points: Richard Ovenden, the next 10 years in special col
Burning Books, Libraries, and Archives If one is searching for a good explanation about why the Internet should not be considered the replacement for libraries, you don’t need to look beyond Mark Y. Herring’s Fool’s Gold: Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., Inc., 2007). Herring, an academic librarian, grew this book from a request by his boss to develop counterpoints to arguments mustered against the building or expanding of libraries that argued that the riches of the Web negated such enterprises. Herring pulls together every bit of evidence of any use in demonstrating why and how libraries and the Web are different.