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New Podcast: More Podcast, Less Process.

Also there’s a new Archive podcast out there. AV Preserve and METRO started More Podcast, Less Process. It’s it clever what they did there. Don’t you think, lol.  It’s available on iTunes check them out.

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Coursera: Metadata Class

I liked this class, I learned some new aspects of metadata that I didn’t know. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about metadata or wants to get their feet wet in the topic. I love learning new things and will use Coursera to find new topics to learn.

However, it’s my opinion that this class cannot replace an actual for credit Metadata class.  I think it’s great and I’m sure you will learn from it, but I’m not sure if it will work as a “resume booster”.  I think Library Juice would be better alternative if that’s your goal. Yes, you have to pay for Library Juice but I do think those are more structured.

Still the Coursera class was fun and interesting. I enjoyed learning about metadata and taking the quizzes. What I liked most about this class is that I didn’t ever need to watch a video lecture. What I did was download the audio version of the lecture to my computer, then I brought it into iTunes as a podcast, and listened to them like that. I like listening to spoken word faster than normal so this was a great work around for me.  If you would like to know more about how I did this, look here.

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Great article on why you can’t keep it all

This is a great article on why people, corporations, governments, and anyone shouldn’t and can’t keep everything forever.  I read a few of Dr. Rosenthal’s papers in my digital preservation class.  I think this article really illustrates a problem that few in IT are considering.

Edit: I just found a journal article titled The Economics of Long-Term Digital Storage.  It looks like this article was mentioned in the Future blog post.

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Good interview advice for everyone

This slideshare has some really good interview advice that I think everyone could use, not just  recent graduates. While this slideshare is not directed towards the library science crowd it’s information is just as relevant.

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What I’ve been up to the last few months

First off, great, big, hearty congratulations to Henrik de Gyor at Another Dam Podcast for successfully funding his Kickstarter campaign. I look forward to seeing the transcribed podcasts when they are done.

Second, I finished my online class on digital preservation. I took it through the Palmer School and it was taught by Gregory Hunter. One of the projects was that the class created a wiki of various resources on digital preservation. It’s a shame we couldn’t preserve it.* In addition to the class discussion and weekly readings, each of us had to write three papers. One of these papers had to be about a current issue or topic on digital preservation. We also had to write a paper comparing two digital repositories. And the final paper was on how each of us will implement our own digital preservation strategy for our own digital assets. It was very good and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested. That said, it did take up most of my spare time the last few months; but it was well worth it and I’m happy I took it. It’ll definitely help now that I plan on taking the DAS workshops.

In addition to the online class, I’ve continued taking the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today course series webinars. They really didn’t take up that much time, just a few hours here or there. The recordings for these webinars are still up on their website. I look forward to their new webinar courses coming in the fall. I plan on registering for those when they open and I recommend that others do the same.

Lastly, I’m attending NYAC (an archive conference on Long Island) next week. I’m attending my first SAA DAS workshop there. I’m very exited to start on the DAS path. I will be taking my second DAS workshop June 10th. So hopefully I’ll have quite a bit to write about in the following weeks.

 

Edit: I spoke with my professor during NYAC, I misunderstood the “loss” of the wiki.  It’s saved and preserved on their servers, but the students of the class no longer have access to it.

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Collections Care Basics: Where Do I Begin? Webinar course

I recently completed the Collection Care Basics course  from Connecting to Collections Online Community. This course is apart of the new Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today course series. This is a joint project of  Heritage Preservation the American Assoication for State and Local History, and IMLS.

I highly recommend checking out the power point slides for this course and consider registering for the other courses. There is no cost for these webinars and you can do them at your own pace. While, I chose to watch most of them live,  when I wasn’t able to do that because of an interview conflicted with the time slot I was able to view a recording of the webinar. There were homework assignments, that I thought was helpful. They were two kinds, one focused on a collection or object at your institution and how it relates to the class content and quizzes.  I felt that both types of these assignments helped me retain what was discussed in the webinar. Also the quizzes made me feel a bit more confident as well.  The recommended readings were a nice touch. I look though some of them and there was alot I learned from them.

I’ll be honest I registered for this course to be like a refresher of my Intro to archives class from college, but I learned alot more than I thought. What was icing on the cake however, was that this course counts towards ACA re-certification credits.  That I thought was pretty sweet.

This might be my last post for a while, I’m taking a digital preservation class online this semester and I might not be able to post to this blog as often.

 

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The sunny side of the Signal

The Signal strikes again with another amazing article on dare I say a bright outlook for librarian job growth. I was skeptical about this post when I first heard about it but it seems pretty solid. Then again I thirst for good news these days it doesn’t take much to quench it. Also in the comments section for that entry I found a nice little gem another optimistic tidbit I think, but better I love how she lists all the different job titles. I look forward to seeing more from her.

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