Digital Collecting

Recommended Formats Statement: Expanding the Use, Expanding the Scope | The Signal

When the Library of Congress first issued the Recommended Formats Statement, one aim was to provide our staff with guidance on the technical characteristics of formats, which they could consult in the process of recommending and acquiring content. But we were also aware that preservation and long-term access to digital content is an interest shared by a wide variety of stakeholders and not simply a parochial concern of the Library. Nor did we have any mistaken impression that we would get all the right answers on our own or that the characteristics would not change over time.

Describing Records Before They Arrive: An NDSR Project Update | The Signal

At the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Archives is building a digital repository for permanent born-digital records that capture the intellectual capital of the AIA, or have continuing value to the practice of architecture. In a story that is probably familiar to many readers, the AIA has important digital records that are not currently stored in a central repository, and that are subject to accidental deletions or movement on the AIA’s shared drive.

How to use Calibre to Manage your eBook Collection

Calibre is one of the premier open sourced e-book editing and creation programs out there and it makes managing your e-reader or tablet very easy. You can convert books from one format to another, change up the cover art and change the author or book name. Today, I want to give you a simply overview on what this program is all about and how you can use it to edit books you download from the internet and send them to your device.

How the National Library is working to preserve our digital present

Changes to copyright law will allow the National Library of Australia to significantly increase its collection of electronic publications, including ebooks and websites

Recent changes to Australia's Copyright Act will allow the National Library of Australia to broaden significantly its efforts to preserve the country's digital cultural heritage.

The Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, passed in June, was an omnibus bill that included among its provisions a number of amendments to the Copyright Act 1968.

Both libraries and database providers have an interest in the way users search,

Both libraries and database providers have an interest in the way users search, but only the database companies have access to the huge search logs of their discovery systems. Due to the critical stake of the commercial companies in search behavior, they also fund staff to analyze their search logs. Ex Libris has generously shared a summary of its research in this brief monograph. They use log analysis along with user studies and usability studies to improve the design of their Web interfaces. The user studies covered four academic levels, five countries and a dozen subject areas.

Release of AVCC Inventory & Collection Management Tool | AV Preserve

We are pleased to announce the release of AVCC, an open-source web application for the rapid inventory of physical film, video, and audio materials. Developed with funding from the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board – in addition to funding support from the Metropolitan New York Library Resource Council and New York State Documentary Heritage Program for previous versions of the tool – AVCC provides a series of inventory templates and quantitative reports that promote simple and fast documentation and analysis of collections of audiovisual materials.

Digital Collection Stewardship

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is Australia’s leading audiovisual archive and is the steward of the national audiovisual collection consisting of 2.3 million items of film, broadcast and sound works and their associated documents and artefacts.
In no other type of cultural collecting institution does technology play such a major role as it does in managing the NFSA’s digital collection. Currently the digital collection comprises of 511,797 digital items totaling 575 terabytes.

Integration of Audio Resources into a Digital Library: The BEIC Case Study | Baratè | International Journal of Digital Curation

The focus of this paper is on the integration of audio resources with other content types in digital libraries. As a case study, we will present the most recent initiative of the Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura (BEIC), an Italian institution that pursues educational and instructional goals through the realization and management of a multimedia, free access, open shelf library. A new audio section will be added to the already-existing digital archive, allowing users to listen to about 1000 classical recordings in a multi-platform and cross-browser manner.