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hacklibschool: in defense of online lis education

My first official post as a writer for Hack Library School is up today — check it out!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of online LIS education.  The inspiration for the post came from reading naysayers who look down on online programs and the students who attend them.

Also, later this week I plan to have a post reflecting on my experience at this year’s SAA Annual Meeting (sneak preview: I had a great time!).

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in library school, links

 

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crowdsourcing archival research

While I’ve heard of many crowdsourced archival transcription projects, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Children of the Lodz Ghetto: A Memorial Research Project is the first crowdsourced archival research project I’ve come across.

The Children of the Lodz Ghetto Project aims to find out what happened to over 13,000 students who signed the Lodz ghetto schools album in September 1941.  Volunteers pick a name, research the museum’s digital archives, and submit their findings.  The research results are then posted online after being reviewed by museum staff.

I think crowdsourcing archival research is awesome for many reasons.  First, crowdsourcing in general is a great way for archives to leverage the power of the public.  Another key result of projects like this is that it demonstrates what archival research is like, which can cause people to become more interested in archives as institutions.  Before I was interested in a career in libraries, I had no idea what archives were all about.  Had I known about archives back in college, I definitely would have dived into this field much earlier.  This project is a great way to introduce students to archival research.  A professor at George Washington University has heavily incorporated the Children of the Lodz Ghetto Project into her university writing class.  Archives should be more proactive in teaching students about archival research and not just wait for teachers and professors to use archives in their classes.

I hope to see more projects like this in the future.  If you know of any other projects that crowdsource archival research, please share in the comments!

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in archives, links

 

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hack library school #ala11 wrap-up

If Hack Library School isn’t already in your RSS reader, it should be!  Check out today’s post for a summary of different sessions written by a variety of contributors (including me).  Reading this post makes me excited for next year!

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in conferences, library school, links

 

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Library 2.011 WorldWide Virtual Conference: Call for Proposals
I’m so excited for this upcoming conference — it’s FREE and completely online!  The conference is now accepting presentation proposals until September 15.  Conference strands include Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World, Digital Age Learning Cultures, and Changes in Accessing and Organizing Information.

Library Day in the Life Round 7
I love, love this project!  July 25-31 are the dates for the next round.  Check out this link to learn more about Library Day in the Life, and be sure to look through past rounds.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in conferences, links

 

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Freedom Riders
I love PBS!  You can stream the entire Freedom Riders documentary online.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I plan to this weekend.  The film weaves together archival footage and contemporary interviews with former riders.  If you’re not ready to commit to watching the entire film yet, check out the trailer.

ReadyResources
This blog shares resources on preserving and managing electronic records and is updated quite frequently.

Support Hyatt Workers at SAA2011: An Unofficial Resource
If you’re concerned about the labor disputes occurring at the site of this year’s SAA Annual Meeting, view this website for ways to support Hyatt workers.  Also, please contribute if you have any ideas!

 

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#ala11 playlist

Below is my playlist for this weekend’s ALA conference.  I looked for a legal way to share this music but didn’t find anything satisfactory, so the list will just have to do with random YouTube links.  The song order is still being perfected, but here are my picks.  What will you be listening to?

  1. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  2. The Dodos – Don’t Try and Hide It
  3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
  4. Menomena – Wet and Rusting
  5. Coconut Records – Back to You
  6. Andrew Bird – Heretics
  7. Radical Face – Wrapped in Piano Strings
  8. Okkervil River – No Key, No Plan
  9. The Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
  10. Band of Horses – The Great Salt Lake
  11. Flake – Mieke
  12. Blind Pilot – The Story I Heard
  13. Magnolia Electric Co. – The Dark Don’t Hide It
  14. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Janglin
  15. St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work
  16. The National – Squalor Victoria
  17. Loney, Dear – Saturday Waits
  18. Man Man – Mister Jung Stuffed
  19. The Rosebuds – Leaves Do Fall
  20. Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer
 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in conferences, links, pop culture

 

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How Wikipedians-in-Residence Are Opening Up Cultural Institutions
I love the idea of using an existing popular medium to actively promote archival collections and make them more accessible to the public.

“The National Archives maintains national records and preserve cultural heritage, but they don’t do a great job of presenting this information to the public in a searchable, digestible format,” says McDevitt-Parks. “This is exactly what Wikipedia does: presenting history and cultural in a way that people use every day. For the Archives specifically, the mission is not just preserving documents, but promoting their use. Through some sort of collaboration, we can make these records available for regular use by the public at large.”

I hope to hear of more Wikipedians-in-Residence in the future!

100 articles that every librarian should read
This list is a great resource, and I really should make time to read all of them.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in links

 

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