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Current issues in archival reference

I'm interviewing tomorrow for a reader services position in an archives and need some help thinking about what current topics the committee might want to talk about. [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Aug 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I find a career mentor in the archives/preservation field?

I've had difficulty finding a career mentor in the archives/preservation field because of a lack of local resources and the fact that I obtained my Masters degree online, which was rather 'alienating' and didn't really allow for the kind of student-professor relationship that blooms into recommendation letters and networking. Are there ways of seeking out (real, committed) mentors either online, or in my area (northern Virginia/Washington DC), preferably involving me providing volunteer work? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 19, 2014 - 5 answers

newspaper search, power reference librarian edition

The New York Times has historically been printed in multiple editions: a first edition, published around 10:30 PM; an early edition, printed the next morning; and afternoon/final editions, later that day. Are there copies of the earlier versions anywhere? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Jun 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for meticulously curated archives to browse through

I'm looking for archives of... things to look at and meander through. Things like those that I have seen of medieval manuscripts, engravings of pictures of businesses featured on receipts from the 1800s (? not sure of dates), and I guess other things of that ilk. [more inside]
posted by marble on Jun 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

How to download Yahoo group archives?

Our organization has years' worth of Yahoo group postings. We would like to move our groups to Google but still be able to access and search these archives. Recent changes to the Yahoo groups UI seem to have broken existing third party tools. How can we download Yahoo group archives and host them on our own site?
posted by ottereroticist on Dec 24, 2013 - 0 answers

I need more Onion in my life. A lot more.

Is there a way to access random pages fetched from archives of the Onion? Something similar to Wikipedia's "random article" function? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Sep 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Taking the Records With Me When I Leave

Looking for recommendations on digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and associated technology for use in digitizing written documents during archival research.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Aug 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Version Control for Writers

Surely there are some more sophisticated programmers' tools for storing and comparing multiple drafts, or versions, of a written document. Might we use those tools, to study written work, or to keep track of versions both linear and non-linear? Authors, editors, literary scholars, archivists: all eventually have to do work with multiple versions of a text. Can the existing tools be made more readily available to them? [more inside]
posted by dylan_k on Jul 31, 2013 - 16 answers

Low-budget DIY microfiche scanning?

In the next day or two, I'll be getting some microfiche via ILL for an academic project. Ideally, I'd be able to digitize portions (50-100pp, probably) of them for future use in a way more efficient (and cheaper...) than printing out paper copies and scanning them. I have a Nikon D80 with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 105mm f/2.8 (I think) and a tripod, an iPad 3, a MacBook Pro, and a grad student budget. My campus has photocopiers that are also flatbed scanners; I'd be able to use one for an extended period of time if necessary. Any suggestions about the best ways to do this?
posted by naturalog on Apr 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I find this 20th-century orchestral track I heard 20 years ago?

Twenty years ago I came across an album of twentieth century music and I'm pretty sure it was from some music festival - the Osaka or Ojai festival? - featuring 20th-century orchestral composers. And this particular track featured musical glasses and had "Mountain" in the title. Where do I begin hunting? [more inside]
posted by jimmymcvee on Apr 5, 2013 - 5 answers

It's a letter. It's a book. It's a floor wax. It's a dessert topping.

Is there an official term to describe this style of correspondence, essentially a single long letter written in segments over months and years? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Is the demand for digital librarians stable or expanding?

Is there demand for digital librarians trained in data management, exposing electronic collections, digital archiving, and so on? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for the best software and tools for academics working with digital files

I'm giving a workshop to a group of humanities scholars (historians, philosophers, etc) on how to work with digitized sources that they have collected from various archives. What killer software/apps should I highlight? [more inside]
posted by arco on Oct 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Help Name a Records Management Blog

Please Help Naming a Blog: I work for a government agency that helps other agencies (state and local) with records management issues and public records law. We've been instructed to start a Records Management Blog and are trying to think of a title for the blog. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Jun 5, 2012 - 15 answers

How to unrar lots of rars.

So, I have a whole folder of .rar files. I would like to de-archive all of them, but can't seem to find a way besides clicking them one at a time. I am running Ubuntu, and the only program I've tried so far is the default archive utility program. I haven't been able to find a solution by googling, but maybe my keywords are off. Help me save hours of repetitive clicking!
posted by klugarsh on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

What recordings can only be watched at TV museums?

What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by stleric on Oct 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian...

Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian... Ha ha... not really but close. I am setting up an online archive of old records, photos, and other documents. I would like to do this right so that the average Joe can use it but also so that librarians and archivists won't look down their noses at me. Are there any sites out there which have basic information on this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Sep 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Archives crash course for a (future) librarian

Do you have any tips for a librarian-in-training (not archivist-in-training) on how to best approach organizing and cataloging personal archives, without the guidance of an archivist? [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jul 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Integrated Library System for Designers

Hi Librarians and other tech-savvy folk! My sister is a new librarian in a cooporate setting. She looking for a way to make Pintrest users love an integrated library system. [more inside]
posted by afton on Jul 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Where can I find public domain Chicago news?

Where can I find public domain (1920s and before) Chicago newspapers online - especially with birth and marriage notices and building permit news? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Apr 7, 2011 - 9 answers

I want to be Special!

Help me decide whether or not to go to library school. What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian? [more inside]
posted by equivocator on Mar 28, 2011 - 20 answers

What was on the table at 'A Poet's Christmas'?

On Christmas Eve 1944, the BBC Home Service broadcast a program called 'A Poet's Christmas', featuring new poetry and music. Among the musical items was Michael Tippett's carol 'The Weeping Babe' (setting poetry of Edith Sitwell), which the BBC commissioned for the broadcast. I am trying to find out what else was broadcast as part of this program. [more inside]
posted by impluvium on Mar 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Using a camera in the archive?

I'm visiting a special collection/archive in a university library. Will a digital camera offer a viable means of capturing data? [more inside]
posted by rockstar on Feb 28, 2011 - 15 answers

How to get inappropriate fellow volunteer banned from our historical archives?

How to get inappropriate fellow volunteer banned from our historical archives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Seeking ANG Newspaper Group fulltext archives

I want to get the full text of several articles I wrote that were published in Bay Area newspapers between 2005 and 2007. What periodicals database should I be hitting? Preferred sources: free or accessible via New York Public Library. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Jan 11, 2011 - 9 answers

How does one search old comic books for minor themes?

Deep Searching Old Comics for Research in the Humanities: How does one search old comic books for something that may amount to set-dressing? I'm looking for depictions of public housing projects in U.S. comics from 1950 – 1980. What tools or approaches can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 6, 2010 - 23 answers

help me be a better nerd!

I'm going to school for information science next fall, and will likely only be working part-time until then. I'm bored. What should I do to give myself a head start? [more inside]
posted by alphasunhat on Nov 15, 2010 - 14 answers

splitting iweb domain files and archiving movies

I never liked [expletive deleted] iWeb, so failed to learn how to use it properly. Which is probably why I have a 63GB domain file that keeps crashing. Please help me never get into this situation again. [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Nov 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Will my Facebook photos still be around in 600 years?

Can you point me to any good writing (research-based, speculative, or heck, even fictional) about the potential historical permanence or impermanence of digital media? I'm interested in both professional (theatrical movies, book publishing, maps...) and personal (digital snapshots, Livejournal, email...) forms of digital information storage. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Need help solving a zip archive timestamp & GNU make interaction problem on Linux, MacOSX, and other systems.

We ran into the following conundrum while distributing source code for some open-source software we produce. Our code is pretty straightforward C++ stuff with makefiles designed for GNU make. We distribute the package as a zip archive. Works on most systems (Linux, Windows, MacOS, FreeBSD and others). Now, zip stores and unzip restores the file timestamps. Problem is, if someone downloads the archive in an earlier time zone than the one in which it was produced, the unarchived files have a timestamp in the future. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Aug 21, 2010 - 14 answers

How to access WaPo archives online?

I'm trying to access a series of WaPo articles from 1968-1971, but I'm not having any luck with LexisNexis, Proquest, or the newspaper's website. I know the names/dates of the articles, but they aren't showing up in my LexisNexis searches. (My library's microfilm WaPo collection only goes back to 1974.) Does anyone have another idea of where to look for archived newspaper articles online?
posted by LeonBernstein on Aug 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Alas, Where?

Where is Alas, Babylon? (1960, Playhouse 90) [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Jul 28, 2010 - 3 answers

What's a good, free, simple-to-use photo sharing website?

What's a good, free, simple-to-use photo sharing website? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 9, 2010 - 16 answers

Can Collective Access check out items?

For museum and archives people: has anyone used Collective Access for cataloging? Specifically, does it let you check things out to a user like a library catalog would? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jun 23, 2010 - 1 answer

Mail Trouble

How can I retrieve messages from Outlook Express and transfer them to Outlook 2007? Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jun 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Disappearing nuke... archives

Records about nuclear test series -- Operation WIGWAM and HARDTACK I. Willing to trade.... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Jun 1, 2010 - 5 answers

How Much to Charge Hourly for Archives/Collection Digitization Advice?

Hourly Billing Rate for Archives/Digitization Work [more inside]
posted by green_flash on May 11, 2010 - 1 answer

The right camera for use in an archive

Digital camera recommendations: for use with archives and manuscripts. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on May 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Enlistees in uniform, photographed

Where can I find photos (portraits) of veterans in uniform, taken during their enlistment? Is this the kind of thing that's kept on file in military records? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

What's the protocol for doing research in an archive?

What's the protocol for doing research in an archive? I know I probably have to call in advance, but is there anything else I should know? And do I have to know exactly what I'm looking for before I go? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

EEBO Access

Is there any way to access the awesome Early English Books Online database without being tied to a university? Is there a private library or an online service I can join?
posted by Yakuman on Mar 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Lady Helen's Escapade Location?

Where can I find a copy of Lady Helen's Escapade? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Mar 4, 2010 - 1 answer

Best online sources for mid 19C US newspaper archives

Historical Newspaper Archives: I am trying to locate the best online sources for mid 19C newspaper archives for some of the 'second tier' US cities. For instance: the Louisville Democrat and the Louisville Journal from 1851. [more inside]
posted by refractal on Feb 17, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I start to work in archives without my MLS?

Aspiring archivist about to graduate from college, and needing some time off before grad school. How can I be productive and gain meaningful experience before getting my MLIS? [more inside]
posted by alphasunhat on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 answers

How can I get my hands -- and ears -- on old Planet Money podcasts?

I just fell in love with NPR's Planet Money podcast but can't figure out how to access back episodes. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger on Nov 8, 2009 - 4 answers

DIY archivist!

How can I develop a plan to help a small community organization organize its archival materials (something like a self-accessioning plan, I guess)? What should I read? Who should I talk to? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Oct 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Archivists: where can I find samples of 19th-century script?

As a part of my academic research, I'm digging into the Edison Papers, and finding (mostly handwritten) archival materials from the late 19th century. I'm embarrassed to admit I can barely read the cursive handwriting of Edison and his colleagues. Does anyone know where I might find samples of 19th-century script to help me learn how to read this archival material? [more inside]
posted by Monsters on Oct 28, 2009 - 8 answers

What categories exist for publication types?

What type of publication has around 20 pages? [more inside]
posted by ergibson on Oct 2, 2009 - 18 answers

Who bombed the statue?

In response to this post: did the Weather Underground actually claim responsibility for the Cleveland Rodin bombing? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Sep 30, 2009 - 3 answers

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