To celebrate Preservation Week (April 21-27, #presweek), we are making available, to members and nonmembers alike, Jennifer Reut’s article on audio preservation and the Library of Congress’ recently released National Recording Preservation Plan that appears in the April issue of Perspectives on History.
|A badly deteriorated Memovox disc, a grooved CAV audio disc format made of thin sheets of cellulose acetate. This recording is unplayable and permanently lost. Library of Congress Photo/Abby Brack Lewis
Reut, associate editor of Perspectives, underscores the importance of recorded audio to the historical record and reveals a surprising connection between copyright, access, and preservation efforts.
This past April, we profiled Recollection, a software platform for digital collections that was under development by the Library of Congress. Two weeks ago the Library announced the relaunch of Recollection under a new name: ViewShare.
ViewShare is free for individuals associated with cultural heritage organizations (libraries, archives, historical societies, colleges, and universities). After users request an account, they’re able to upload data to create interactive maps, charts, and timelines that can then be shared or embedded in an existing site.
Applications are invited for the 2012 Swann Foundation Fellowships. The Library of Congress administers the fellowships (up to $15,000 or smaller awards), which are awarded to candidates for an MA or PhD degree in an accredited graduate program in a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, for pursuing research in caricature and cartoon at the Library. Recent MA and PhD degree holders may also apply. Applications should be sent by February 15, 2012. Details about the fellowships and the application process can be found at online here.
The Library of Congress’s National Jukebox site is like the Pandora of the early 1900s. Visit and you can instantly stream, make playlists of, and browse through over 10,000 historical recordings from 1900 through 1925. We briefly mentioned the Jukebox in last week’s What We’re Reading, linking to The Chronicle’s article on it, but this resource impressed us so much we had to take a closer look.
The National Jukebox offers broad browsing options like category (vocal, instrumental, spoken, instrumental with vocal refrain), language, place, label, date range, composer, genre, and more.
The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress, in partnership with Zepheira LLC, is developing a free software platform called Recollection that allows users to upload their data and easily create interactive maps, charts, timelines, tag clouds and more. It’s elegantly simple, allowing users to take something like a standard spreadsheet and through a few simple clicks transform it into something else, like an interactive map.
While Recollection is still in beta, those interested in trying it out can request a free account to access it.
Less than a month from now—September 25, 2010—the Library of Congress will hold its 10th annual National Book Festival on the national mall between 3rd and 7th streets.
In tents set up on the mall grounds, visitors can buy books, get autographs, hear speakers, and ask questions of their favorite authors in the categories of “Children,” “Contemporary Life,” “Fiction and Mystery,” “History and Biography,” “Poetry and Prose,” and “Teens and Children.” The current list of authors can be found here. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama serve as honorary co-chairs of the event.
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for Kluge Fellowships. These fellowships offer post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to conduct humanistic and social-science research in the library’s large and varied collections. The fellowships are awarded for periods of up to 11 months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, July 15, 2010. For more information and an application form, visit the Kluge Fellowships page. Or contact Ms.
Happy Tax Day! In 2007 we took a look back at the history of the American tax tradition, but other than that the rest of today’s What We’re Reading is tax-reference free. Instead, we bring you news on the recent OAH annual meeting, deregulating oral history research, the most recent issue of Common-place, and the launch of the LOC’s redesigned online image catalog. Then, learn of new bloggers and blogs (covering NARA, the New York Times, and the dinner menu of the past), reviews of new books (on U.S.