As part of its vast collection of literary and historic treasures (the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook), the British Library owns some six million sound recordings, including significant theater productions, famous voices (like J.R.R. Tolkien’s), and field recordings of extinct animals. Some of them date back to the earliest and most fragile days of recording technology.
Now, as the Telegraph reports, the library is launching an urgent campaign to digitize and preserve its collection.
Read the full post @ IO9.
I read copyright pages. (Don’t ask.) As a result, sometimes I read suprising things. Here’s something I found last night:
Well, that’s interesting… A normal wouldn’t need a cataloging record, and I’m guessing a cataloger, even if they noticed this, would already know they can get a record from OCLC. Though, I guess I can see the use for some small libraries. But, I can’t find any such page on the BOOM! Web site. I did find a Librarians page on the Kaboom! Studios site (an imprint of BOOM I believe) but none of the links work.
The ALA published a report investigating the use of filters and found they were disproportionately blocking out left-leaning views on issues such as gay marriage and abortion. LGBT community websites were often blocked and identified as “sexual” sites.
They also found that low-income individuals are more impacted by filters. If you’re able to afford internet at home and aren’t finding the information you need at school or the library because it’s blocked out, the easy solution is to head home and Google it there. But for those whose only access point to the internet is at school or the public library, filters can choke out their ability to have the same access to information as their peers. Libraries in lower-income communities are also more likely to have filters because they lean on government funding and can’t afford separate labs.
And of course, there’s the slippery slope argument: if we start with pornography, where do we go from there? What’s appropriate in the eyes of one person might be wildly offensive to someone else.
Read the full article @ Motherboard.
Once again, Jessamyn West nails it.
Having a waiting list for library ebooks is really stupid, on the face of it. As a librarian I’m pretty savvy about digital content—enough to know that patrons want it, lots of it. However, we have a short list of ways that we can offer it in a lendable fashion. At work I keep my game face on. At home I just want to tell people the truth, the frustrating truth: offering digital content in this way has short term benefits but long term negative consequences.
Read the full article @ Medium.com.
Scroobius Pip‘s animated poem ‘Library’ – commissioned by Chris Hawkins for BBC 6 Music’s celebration of libraries and performed live on his show in November 2014.