Monday, August 29, 2016

Clarke's CONDOR revamped

This news from the Clarke Blog:


 New CMU Libraries Digital Collections Website Now Available

We are excited to announce that our new digital document interface is up and running. For the past eight months, staff members from the Clarke Historical Library, the CMU Libraries, and DL Consulting in New Zealand have been working to convert all of the digitized documents found in the CMU Online Digital Object Repository (CONDOR) to a new interface. This new interface, powered by Veridian collection management software, separates the digital collections found in CONDOR into four broad groups:

The CMU Libraries Digital Collection ( gives you access to over 30,000 documents - that's nearly 450,000 digitized pages! If you were used to getting to digital documents by typing "" into your web browser, you can continue to do so and you will be automatically redirected to the new site. While "" will still work, other links will be affected. If you have saved links to specific documents or titles in CONDOR, you will have until the end of December to update them to the new Veridian interface. After December, the links to documents in CONDOR will no longer be available.

We are pleased to bring you this exciting new website. We invite you to jump in and explore. For users and for staff at the CMU Libraries, there may be some stumbling blocks with our new setup. Please let us know if you are having any trouble, any technical issues, or you have any comments. We will address them as soon as we can.

Highlights of the New Interface 

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Some of the highlights of the new Veridian interface include the opportunity to customize your experience with several options available at the top of the page (see number 1 in the image above). You can also register your own account, which will allow to save your searches for future reference (number 2). Also, because computers are not perfect when it comes to interpreting typed words on a digital page (called text recognition or optical character recognition), you can correct the errors made by computers when you are registered. Statistics about the number of text corrections made by individual users are logged and displayed on the front page of the Veridian interface via a Text Corrector Leaderboard (number 6).

The Veridian interface also uses a standard library search bar that many users are familiar with in order to do keyword searches of the full text (number 3) or you can select the Advanced Search function to limit by date or title as well. And now, searches for phrases can be wrapped in "quotation marks" to search for that exact phrase. If you are interested in seeing a random document in the holdings, take a look at the random item for the collection (number 4). For the Digital Michigan Newspapers, this random document is actually a newspaper from this day in history. Finally, if you have an idea of a title or date range of interest to you, but you don't want to search for keywords, you can browse the entirety of the collections by date or title (number 5).

When viewing a document, the Veridian interface lays out the pages in order horizontally, allowing you to view the document by scrolling to the right, or virtually turning to the next page. You can also search for a specific keyword within a document and you can view the transcript of the recognized text to the left of the reading pane (which allows you to correct the text if you are registered and logged in).

Natural disasters damage historic sites

Floods in Louisiana have surely damaged historical sites although I haven't seen a list yet. In Italy the damage is extensive. Several hundred historic sites, churches, walls, buildings, and other historic structures are damaged. Entire towns are mostly gone. On Sun all Italians were asked to go to historic museums and the funds will go to help rebuild the hardest hit areas. Rad more about it here

Thursday, August 25, 2016

are the social media giants doing enough to combat terrorism?

There is an ongoing debate in the UK if the mega social media companies are doing enough to combat terrorism online. They say they are and the government blaming them is simplistic and misleading, the government says they aren't and are making lots of money while not helping. Read more about it here

Louisiana State Archives offers damaged records advice

The Louisiana State Archives has information on line for people dealing with damage, flooded records, books, photographs, and moldy books and records.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ransomware stats

Two new cyber security surveys in England reported that at least 23 universities and at least 28 NHS (health services) trusts admitted that they were hit by ransomware. One university was hit 21 times in a year. One university said being hit was common and they don't pay the ransom demanded. Health Services said losing confidential patient data is a nightmare and they don't advise paying either.

Ransomware attacks in the US are up 300% this year. There are 4,000 reported daily hits. Read more about it here

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

IBBY addition 2016

We got a foot plus addition this year, but also decided to go to the prior boxes and print out anything that came in a digital format due to some of the current formats being difficult to access. This resulted in a doubling of material. Going from box 9 forward we now have 18 boxes. The finding aid, catalog records and EAD finding aid is updated. The amended EAD finding aid will be available next month. More will be coming as part of this addition is on exhibit elsewhere.

A big thanks to Jen who helped me double check everything. All those foreign names with foreign punctuation marks requires a lot of extra checking.

Monday, August 22, 2016

FB new app for teens

The new app  hopes to increase the popularity and use of FB among teens, only 8% of US FB users. It allows teens to upload pictures and videos based on likes, dislikes and feelings and turned them into video profiles. The profiles are public. The idea is to connect members in one school. Lack of privacy is a concern. If a school registers 20 members or more on Lifestage, school members can view each others' profiles.  You can't message on it, but you can display contact info from snapchat and isntagram. read more about it here