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Conflicting opinions over what documents are important can create hard feelings between the donors of archives and the archivists who process them. The New York Times reports such a contretemps between author and reporter Paul Brodeur and the New York Public Research Library. Brodeur donated his archives in 320 boxes to NYPL-R when he left his position as an investigative reporter for the
A Library Hierarchy of Speed (With Apologies to Esteemed Psychologist Abraham Maslov) Self Actualization: One Click Away: Full Text Journal Articles & E-Books Esteem: Twenty Minutes & A Stack Guide: Library Material Owned by TC or CUL in Publ...
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"Recommender" features built into online catalogs have been a controversial issue in Library Land because they rely on a record of individual borrowing that is perceived by many librarians as a threat to patron privacy. Columbia University Libraries (CUL) has been a leader in the protection of patron privacy since Director
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This article in Bloomberg Businessweek explores new trends in online publishing and higlights two new sites, Byliner and The Atavist, that specialize in content that is longer than the typical magazine article but shorter than what we think of as a book. What Is A Book? The article also points out trends in self-publishing by Amanda Hocking...
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." --Hans Hofmann An archive is a purposefully-assembled collection of records intended to tell a story to future researchers. Emptying file drawers into an archive actually inhibits the effectiveness of the archive by obstructing access to key documents with a surfeit of inconsequential records. Judicious use of a shredder is required to develop a clean, high functioning archival collection. The following types of documents should not be included in an archive: Multiple copies of anyth...
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This article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports renewed interest in online learning companies by venture capitalists to the tune of $177 million: Educational Tech Gets a Second Look "Education is having its Internet moment," says Rob Stavis of Bessemer Venture Partners, a prominent venture fund.
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." --Winston Churchill Each office, faculty member, staff member and student has the opportunity to use PocketKnowledge to create an archive. The goal of an archive is to preserve and make accessible the records that comprise the history of an institution. The archive tells the story of both the organization and the individual. Perhaps the single most important question that each contributor to PocketKnowledge can ask is: How do I want to be remembered? These kinds of records usually add lasting value to an archive: [caption...
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This article in Bloomberg Businessweek describes the highly-successful Western Governors University (WGU) affordable alternative to state colleges and for-profit online universities geared toward older students. Online Education, With a Low-Cost Twist Tuition is one-half to one-third of typical for-profit program. The average age of students is 36 and rural, first-generation, low-income, and minority students make up the majority of the school's population. No full ...
You don't have to be a geek to fix common problems with your PC. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="384" caption="Badass by neil CC Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic"][/caption] Christopher Null suggests five simple approaches for troubleshooting a balky PC that take five minutes or less in his November 22, 210 article in Computerworld
"A great deal is said by some people about 'rubbish,' but one investigator's 'rubbish' may be precious to another, and what appears valueless to-day may be found highly important tomorrow." American historian Justin H. Smith (1857-1930) The archives exists to acquire, preserve and make available vital records that document the College. An archive fosters a deeper collective understanding of history through the availability of and research into local archival records. The history of Te...