Showing posts from January, 2013

Timbuktu 10th c. manuscripts

Big armed conflicts is currently happening in Mali in Africa. Timbuktu is in Mali. Who knew? Timbuktu has many wonderful ancients buildings and manuscripts dating from the 10th century. Take a look at

N Korean gulag mapped

Google maps has mapped a gulag and all its buildings in N Korea. If you want to get there, you can follow the map. I bet the leaders of N Korea are not too happy about this. Gone are the days when leaders could have people interred in gulags and other horrible places and keep people from finding out about where they were located or denying their existence. Google reps visited N Korea recently encouraging more openness or predicting the nation would continue to fall behind the rest of the world. Perhaps this is a push and reminder that N Korean leaders do not have all the power they think they do to continue to control their people and deny the truth. To read more click here

2 Anonymous hackers jailed

2 Brits who hacked as part of Anonymous, messing with PayPal, were jailed. The hackers used what is called distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks  flooding them with online requests, effectually paralyzing them. One of the sites they hit was PayPal, costing it £3.5m.
 Peter Gibson received a six-month sentence, suspended for two years. Jake Birchall, 18 will be sentenced on February 1st. So knock out a major website and other websites and go to jail for 6 months. Is six months enough to deter future hackers? I think not. To read more about it click her

3 who created Gozi virus, stole millions charged

A major computer virus, Gozi, which from 2005-11 infiltrated banks and NASA, among others, netted millions for 3 men now being charged for this cyber attack. To read more click here

a little Lance Armstrong library humor

Books about Lance's story, now know to be fiction, have been moved to fiction. Click here to read more.

Hemingway mental illness in new movie

For those of you who don't know we have some papers of Ernest Hemingway and of his family, mainly his mother and sister, Marcelline, at the Clarke. It is clear that there is a strain of something running through their papers. Artistic temperament, volatile, waiting to erupt, nasty family reunions are all phrases that come to mind. I would not have wanted to be invited for Christmas dinner at their home no matter how brilliant they were. Someone once told me that the link between creativity and madness is very close. I believe it. A new movie is going to explore the mental illness in the family. I wonder how historically accurate it will be?
For more on the movie click here:
To see the finding aids I created on their paper click here:

Friday/Sat report

On Sat I have to work. The Clarke is open 9-1 on most Sats during the main term. Few come in except right before papers are due, the end of the second month near midterms, and the end of the year, near finals/final papers due time.

This week my 1 paid student employee, 2 volunteers, 2 interns, and 1/3 student (someone I share with 2 other staff members) all came in. The flu is going around so last week was thin. Together they give me about 35 hours of work per week. This week they processed or began processing new collections and additions to existing collections of manuscripts. One is a CMU unit's historical materials, Office of Diversity; one is finishing the loose papers (not volumes) of the Morley Bros. of Saginaw; another is working on the papers of a CMU staffer and papers of an alumnus; one began processing a large addition to an existing Mt. Pl. women's organization's records; and another is beginning to process a small church collection. All of them have helped sh…

Library of Congress online finding aids

2013 Western Archives Institute

2nd night of HST 583, Archives Administration

So tonight my class inventoried their box of manuscripts from the C.S. Bliss Lumber Co. of Saginaw. They discovered some interesting personal papers, questions about paternity, law suits, personal injury reports, and lots of business correspondence and receipts. I have 15 students, each with approximately .5 cu.ft. to process of a much larger collection of papers and volumes. They also discovered it is interesting, time consuming, dirty work with lots of straight pins (the predecessor of staples)! By the end of the term they will have learned all about the theory and practical hands on application of archives, process their box and helped create a finding aid for the C.S. Bliss Lumber Co. records.  They are going to learn a lot.

another major cyber attack detected

Russian scientists detected a major malware system which has stolen specialized information from strategically selected sites across Russian, Europe and North America since 2007.  Very high level info was sought. For more, click here

Revolutionary British cannon found still loaded

Body parts and loaded weapons are two things I'm glad not to have in my archives. Here's the story of a British cannon from the American Revolutionary War. People had sat on the cannon, and nobody knew until recently it was loaded and ready to fire! To read more click here

Web pages- thoughts...

Things on the front page of a university website:
Campus photo slideshow
Alumni in the news
Promotions for campus events
Press releases
Statement of the school's philosophy
letter from the president
virtual tour
Full Name of School

Things people go to the site looking for:
List of faculty phone numbers and emails
Campus address
Application forms
Campus police phone number
Academic calendar
Department/course lists
Parking information
Usable campus maps
Full Name of School

See the only thing they have in common? Is this interesting or what?
This comes  from, reprinted in "Save the Time of the User" by Shirley Duglin Kennedy in  Information Today, January 2013, p. 23.

So this made me review and here are
Things on the front of CMU's website:
Full Name of School
School motto in Latin (which nobody but the pope and cardinals can read today and there is no translation available)
Promotions for campus events
Press releases
Buttons for application, about …

digital copyright

Copyright laws need to be updated. Here is an interesting story. from an article called Dancing Babies and the Future of Digital Copyright by George H. Pike. in Information Today, Jan. 2013, p. 22.

In 2007 a mother created a 30 second video of her baby walking with Let's Go Crazy by Prince barely audible in the background. Universal Music Corp., copyright owner of the music, sent YouTube a take down notice". They took it down according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act  which allows content hosts leeway so they don't get burned by those they host breaking copyright law.  The mother fought it for 5 years in court protesting her use of the music was under copyright's Fair Use doctrine. Fair Use is something we in libraries and archives use to copy most materials for patrons who use it for their personal research. Facebook, Twitter follow take down notices. They take down the content under dispute and there is a notice that says more or less, this was taken down be…

EDSAC computer to be rebuilt

In 1949 Cambridge had the EDSAC computer, the first that could be used by "average scientists." Once its usefulness ended, it was destroyed, like so many other earlier computers. Since 2011, a team has worked to figure out how it was built and to rebuild it to working condition. 2 people who worked on it, including one of the design engineers are still alive. It is proving a difficult task for people to rebuild it. They are still in the planning process. To see a cool video on it and realize how far we've come in information technology, click here

170 billion tweets at LC

The Library of Congress has amassed and archived 170 billion tweets which it plans on making available to researchers, once it figures out the best way to do this. And you thought that LC just had books? Think again. For more click here

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stolen painting found

A Matisse stolen years ago from Stockholm was offered to a London buyer, who found it on a list of stolen art and notified authorities. The painting was returned without arms being broken. How excellent is that! Apparently art, like other things, eventually floats to the surface. To read more click here

Google+ impersonator

Do you use Google+? Over the holidays, because of a buyout of one company by another, my phone had to be updated to a new model. I got a Droid. I am still learning how to use all its features, or at least the ones that matter to me. I am wondering how much better is Google+ than Google and then I read this article about a company who set up a Google+ impersonation site and got personal identifying info from users. Click to read it here

Blood of beheaded royal ID'd

A gourd containing the blood of Louis XVI, beheaded by the French, has been identified by DNA comparison tests with his earlier relative Henry IV.  Isn't DNA amazing? I'm so glad I don't have blood samples in my archives, hair, yes, blood, no. For more click here