In the News

11 Years Later...

2012-09-11 13:21:07 jennifern

I came across this article on HuffPo today:

and linked to

Randy Scott is featured in the Living Memorial. I wonder if this note will also be digitized there, or if it already has been?


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OCLC, the ALA, and PLA walk into a bar...

2012-07-11 09:04:47 jennifern

From the OCLC newsletter:

Public libraries to lead initiative to ensure public access to digital content

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $99,957 grant to OCLC for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.

OCLC will partner with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) to review the e-book landscape and jointly develop recommendations for managing the e-book environment, in order to ensure adequate public access to these emerging resources.

More at

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Digitized Oral History News

2012-06-19 01:05:26 admin

Listening to NPR on the way home today, I heard that Joe Smith, former president of Capital Records/EMI announced,

[he] will donate more than 200 audio interviews with popular singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney and others to the Library of Congress, officials announced Monday.

The gift includes interviews that Joe Smith recorded over two years while president of Capitol Records/EMI. He compiled the candid oral histories for his book, “Off the Record,” published in 1988. The collection includes interviews with dozens of big names, including Barbra Streisand, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and others.

Now the recordings have been digitized by the world’s largest library and will be available to researchers at its reading room on Capitol Hill. Some will be streamed on the library’s website later this year to provide wider access.

Can’t wait to hear these. They played snips of several of the interviews. The link to NPR is above. If you want to read the press release from the Library of Congress, click here.
It’s amazing how fast the field of digital archiving is moving.

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