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OA Week Explores Wikipedia

by Samantha Dodd Nov 14 2017 - 11:16am 0 comments
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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

With that in mind, it only made since to take a closer look at Wikipedia, the fifth most visited website in the world, whose fundamental principles include free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute, neutrality, and collective...

Largest release of digital catalog records in history

by Samantha Dodd Aug 16 2017 - 12:00pm 0 comments
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Before computers and Google, if you wanted to find a book about the Alamo, or search for materials related to the Texas Revolution, you found yourself digging into a card catalog. In this early system an individual could find resources by title, author, publication date, subject headings and genre. Catalog records can be traced back to just after the French Revolution when the revolutionary government used playing cards to document property seized from the church. Before the widespread use of typewritten cards, cards for the catalogs were handwritten, the objective being to create...

MayDay!

by Samantha Dodd May 1 2017 - 11:16am 0 comments
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Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! What happens when a hurricane wipes out the records of an entire city? What if a fire burns up a family’s ancestry or a local business’ records? Disasters happen every day, some a result of accidents, are natural. Preparation and planning are essential to help prevent damage and destruction that may result from a disaster. On May 1st each year archivists and heritage professionals around the world participate in MayDay. This day is a grassroots effort to raise awareness of archives and the potential disasters and dangers they face. Protecting our heritage is...