Monday, March 30, 2015

ramifications for UK museums which break guidelines

UK museums which break established professional guidelines that affect public trust, such as selling collections in order to fund building a new wing, will face funding cuts and loss of professional museum status and possibly disciplinary action by the national Museum Association. Two museums have recently resorted to such tactics, selling an extremely rare or valuable item essentially for profit.

Connected to this, the Egyptian sculpture of Sekhemka sold by Northampton council for 15 million pounds, has been banned from export so it cannot be given to its new owner who is outside the UK. The statue is 4,000 years old and is one of the items recently sold to fund an extension to the town's museum and art gallery. Read more about it here

truly hideous wallpaper and small town life

A cache of 1960s Welsh small town negatives in the Treorchy library provide an interesting view of small town life and great examples of superlatively hideous UK wallpaper! We have some local photographers' negatives in our collection, but nothing with the hideous wall paper exhibited here. See it here

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Clinton wiped her personal server

Sec. of State Clinton wiped her personal server. This means the stored copies of  both her personal and work emails are gone. She said she turned over all her official government work related emails for transparency, but chose to keep her personal emails for herself. The server was wiped shortly thereafter. The Benghazi investigation committee wanted access to her server to see if there were any emails that would further shed light on the Benghazi attack and deaths. This is going to cause those who believe she's hiding something more sure that she is. She and her staff and lawyers agree that she is completely within the law as it pertains to her records and Pres. Clinton's.

How many people care that much about this issue compared to other issues in the US? I don't know. This is all interesting to me from a historic information management and archival perspective. Were records lost or intentionally wiped? I don't see that there is any way to know for sure. Clinton states that any emails she sent to other government email addresses immediately became part of the government email system and are preserved as such. What other emails would there have been that mattered in the Benghazi investigation? She's savy enough to know what not to document. One thing is clear, from this point forth, nobody is going to just use one piece of machinery for personal and work emails, that's for sure. It is also clear that the interpretation of certain federal records management schedules should be tightened up a bit.

Read more about it here

Friday, March 27, 2015

Richard III the final act

Finally after touring, cannons blasting, huge crowds, roses, a custom-built coffin by a great descendant of his sister, and services, with military, royals, clerics, and commoners a plenty, Richard III's remains were interred into a newly built crypt in a revised section of Leicester Cathedral. What a historic event. I loved all the tests they did and things they found out from his bones, DNA, and studies with the help of a man with as severely curved a spine as the king. Read more about it and see cool images here

Australia's new metadata law

Australia just passed a security law that is controversial in that it requires internet and mobile phone providers to keep customer's data for two years. Noting that the data plays a "central role" in counter-terrorism, the law passed. It does not include content of an email or phone call but does require information on the sender, recipient, and time made be kept. Privacy advocates describe it as "a form of mass surveillance." This law will cover everyone not just known criminals. The bill will cost companies affected an estimated $315 million.  The bill does not include third party systems or social media like Gmail, Hotmail, FB or Skype or internal email and phone networks used by corporate firms and universities. But, that data can be requested through FOIA or court order or by simply looking online. "Australia is part of the "five-eyes" intelligence-sharing network, along with the US, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom."  Read more about it here

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LC preserves American recordings

This year's list of 25 extremely diverse recordings worthy to be retained in the Library of Congress which are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" includes Radiohead's album OK Computer, Steve Martin, and Joan Baez, among others. Read more about it here

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Job posting

Head of Core Collection Reference Files

Job Summary
The Head of Core Collection Reference Files is responsible for managing the library's collection of paper-based and digital material organized in the main categories of film production, biography and general subjects; assessing material for inclusion in the reference files, which include clippings, marketing materials and film ephemera; working with the DMS and IT teams to develop and execute a plan for digitization and evaluate Web archiving services to support the collection; and working collaboratively to establish film title, subject and name headings for the Academy authorities and taxonomy. This is a full-time position reporting to the Library Director.

Duties and responsibilities
The Head of Core Collection Reference Files’ duties include supervising of staff members who evaluate, organize and catalog collection materials; supervising of staff members who produce preservation microfilm of collection materials; research and consultation on preservation technologies; implementing collection development policies; determining collecting, indexing and storage processes for paper-based collection materials; working with DMS/IT to determine indexing and storage for digital materials including digital publications and websites; ensuring consistency of practical procedures; working within the Academy-wide collection management system to maintain and develop databases for managing the collection; and supervising ongoing inventory projects. This position also provides reference services on a regular basis.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in library and information science or archival studies from an accredited program
  • Minimum five years library/archival work experience
  • Expert film history/industry knowledge
  • Expert knowledge of the rules and practices in complex filing systems and archives
  • Experience with databases and integrated library systems
  • Familiarity with preservation techniques, microfilm conversion and digital archive management
  • Familiarity with content management systems
  • Strong technology skills, experience with Archive-It highly desirable
  • Familiarity with authority control systems, subject analysis, copyright law and policies
  • Other duties as assigned

Personal characteristics
  • Strong service orientation
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues, administrators and patrons
  • Ability to lead a diverse group in a positive and constructive manner
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and effectively set priorities

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