In this post-truth world, can we still rely on archives to tell the truth?
Facet Publishing have announced the release of The Silence of the Archive by David Thomas, Simon Fowler and Valerie Johnson In recent years big data initiatives, not to mention Hollywood, the video game industry and countless other popular media, have reinforced and even glamorized the public image of the archive as the ultimate repository of […]
Notes from Personal Digital Archiving 2017
At the end of March I traveled to Palo Alto to attend Personal Digital Archiving, hosted this year by Stanford University Libraries. This was my second time attending PDA (my first being last year, held at the University of Michigan) and my first time presenting at the conference. Over the course of two full days of presentations […]
The workplace remains a ‘new frontier’ for those who research and think about Information Literacy
Facet Publishing have announced the release of Information Literacy in the Workplace, edited by Marc Forster with a foreword by Jane Secker In today’s information-driven workplace, information professionals must know when research evidence or relevant legal, business, personal or other information is required, how to find it, how to critique it and how to integrate […]
On the lives of fugitives: Runaway slave advertisement databases
African descended women, men, and children who freed themselves from slavery through daring, life-threatening escapes seem to have captured the public imagination in popular culture as well as academia. The hit television show “Underground” is a fictionalized account of the Underground Railroad, a network of runaway slaves and “conductors” who gave them refuge amd transportation […]
Spring 2017 Digital Project Review No.3: Robert Cassanello’s review of “The American Archive of Public Broadcasting”
“The American Archive of Public Broadcasting,” accessed November 15, 2016, http://americanarchive.org/ (Library of Congress & WGBH Media Library & Archives) Robert Cassanello, University of Central Florida The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is an online digital repository for radio and television programs created by one hundred and twenty public radio and television stations […]
Using Lightroom to Make Your Images Work for You
My name is Mariah Postlewait and I am an art historian, a photographer, and a photography scholar. In short, I work on photography. One thing that keeps coming up (during class lectures, with student presentations, at conferences) is poor image quality. Oftentimes the kinds of imagery a scholar may need simply do not exist and […]
How can heritage institutions work with their communities to build broader, more inclusive and culturally relevant collections?
24/2/2017 For immediate release Facet Publishing have announced the release of Participatory Heritage, edited by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe and Andrea Copeland The internet as a platform for facilitating human organization without the need for organizations has, through social media, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions. Challenges include but are not limited to: how […]
Creating Dynamic Research Papers or What I Learned from Scalar.
This past winter, I used Scalar to digitally publish my research on the 19th C British photographer Francis Frith and his street photographs of Cairo. My interest in his photographs was inspired by the course The Sultan’s Palace taught by Dr. Nancy Um, Associate Professor of Art History, at Binghamton […]
Spring 2017 Digital Project Review No.1: Marco Basile’s review of “The Liberated Africans”
The Liberated Africans Project Created and maintained by Henry B. Lovejoy, Richard P. Anderson, Daniela Cavalheiro, David Eltis, Suzanne Schwarz, and Daryle Williams. http://www.liberatedafricans.org/overview.html. Reviewed Jan. 2017. Marco Basile, JD/PhD Harvard University From 1807 to the 1860s, Britain led an international legal effort to suppress the Atlantic slave trade, largely by securing treaties that […]
Performing Archive: Curtis + “the vanishing race”
Given its title, one might suppose that the goal of Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis + “the vanishing race” is to preserve the cultural legacy of Native American tribes. But upon closer examination, it becomes clear that this is but one of the project’s secondary goals. The project is a digital collection of materials from […]