Ready, Set… Semester?

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Originally, this post was going to be titled, “Ready, Set, Summer!” And then, somehow, I looked up from my computer and it was August, and the summer is nearly gone. While I can’t say that I don’t know where the time went, I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish the million and one things that I was planning to do. (Then again, does anyone ever manage that?) I think I can safely mark this down as one … Read More

Digital Repositories and the Future of Librarianship – An Interview with Ball State’s John Straw

John Straw is the Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I contacted him after stumbling onto Ball State’s Digital Media Repository; I was curious about how other institutions handle their digital media preservation, so I asked him to talk with me about what it’s like to manage a large-scale digital collection and what he sees for the future of librarianship. Straw has been in libraries and archives for more than 30 years. He began working … Read More

Development of Digitization Programs at Small College Libraries

This post was originally written for my library management class, as part of an assignment where we imagined ourselves to be working at particular library and to imagine how that library would deal with challenges related to our areas of interest. I chose to write from the perspective of the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Baruch College of City University New York. The William and Anita Newman Library of Baruch College (a small branch of the public City University of New … Read More

Article Review: Brewster Kahle on Access and Preservation

This blog post was old, but I found the topic intriguing; digital preservation is my particular area of interest, so I’m always curious about the challenges and opportunities that face the digital access movement, and Brewster Kahle is definitely one of the people at the forefront of this area. “Kahle suggests that universal access is within our grasp and suggests that two key elements in its provision are the roles and politics that will undergird the work.” I found it … Read More