Membership - Thoughts from the Systems Team
map to browse library usage https://t.co/EIn9g9xTxd

— Libraries Hacked (@librarieshacked) July 15, 2018
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3 days ago
Ohio State Library Launches Custom Infographic Tool
Ohio State Library Launches Custom Infographic Tool https://t.co/t7Q61f0vQM

— Claire Back (@calire) July 11, 2018
IFTTT  Twitter  via:claireb 
6 days ago
Introduction - LibrariesWest Open Data
libraries west book of open data https://t.co/99usghGCFT

— Libraries Hacked (@librarieshacked) July 11, 2018
librarycamp  via:claireb 
6 days ago
Library that eliminated late fees says borrowers return more - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX
Anyone surprised? @Daytonlibrary eliminated late fees, say borrowers return more: https://t.co/9Fsrx0aWoN pic.twitter.com/LwfkBSWzv1

— Angela Hursh (@webmastergirl) July 11, 2018
Librarycamp  via:claireb 
6 days ago
Digital literacy in libraries: joining the dots – Insights from Kate Lomax | Princh Team
Favorite tweet:

"As digital #technology becomes ubiquitous, #digitalliteracy support needs to be equally ready and available - it can no longer sit alone and isolated in the event calendar." New blog post by @katelomax from @artefactors at https://t.co/TYxNyWosbp

— Princh (@PrinchApp) July 11, 2018
Librarycamp  via:claireb 
6 days ago
Age UK on Twitter: "Interested in how we can engage more older people in cultural and #creative activities? Read our report now: https://t.co/Bd0MmCc9oh #CreativeLaterLife… https://t.co/GpGOGV1YEs"
Favorite tweet:

Find out how arts and culture can help older people lead happier lives in @age_uk's latest report #CreativeLaterLife https://t.co/da6tbx9ErY

— Darren Henley (@HENLEYDARREN) May 4, 2018
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10 weeks ago
Santa Paula library offers classes on open data
Favorite tweet:

https://t.co/30blldesMb
Santa Paula library offers free classes on #OpenData

— Creative Commons USA (@cc_unitedstates) April 19, 2018
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12 weeks ago
Scott Pack on Twitter: "Over the weekend I read Zero Hours by Neil Campbell which I felt was a 21st century Mancunian take on Post Office by Charles Bukowski. If you liked Post Office then you'll almost certainly like this.… https://t.co/iNBhcRVn4m"
Favorite tweet:

Over the weekend I read Zero Hours by Neil Campbell which I felt was a 21st century Mancunian take on Post Office by Charles Bukowski. If you liked Post Office then you'll almost certainly like this. pic.twitter.com/mPx3HndZJX

— Scott Pack (@meandmybigmouth) April 23, 2018
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12 weeks ago
BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space
These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.
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12 weeks ago
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01616846.2017.1313045
"Open data : what it is and why you should care" | Public Library Quarterly [US] https://t.co/YQC6gZrMGh (thanks @calire for spotting it!)

Worth a read (not just because of the @ToonLibraries mention) but for the section on libraries publishing their own #opendata 😃 pic.twitter.com/NbdfMRoPQv

— Aude Charillon (@Audesome) April 10, 2018
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april 2018
A Love Letter to the Library Hold System
This reader loves the library hold system, and shares why. https://t.co/9Or13XyFpf

— NY Public Library (@nypl) April 8, 2018
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april 2018
FREE SITES: How to find royalty free music for your next video | Dan Slee
Favorite tweet:

Just blogged: How to find royalty free music for your new video: https://t.co/UqfZVivBNg #comms #pr pic.twitter.com/oH2G3sroVy

— Dan Slee (@danslee) March 16, 2018
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march 2018
LONG READ: Why you should have corporate AND non-corporate accounts | Dan Slee
RT @GemmaPettmanPR: This is a useful look at how corporate and ‘frontline’ #socialmedia accounts work alongside one another. HT @danslee
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march 2018
The Quest for a Universal Translator for Old, Obsolete Computer Files - Atlas Obscura
NOT SO VERY LONG AGO, web designers’ ambitions outstripped the infrastructure of the internet, so they had to resort to physical media to help carry their ideas. Dial-up modems were pokey, and the sluggish speed couldn’t handle large images or streaming video. “People did all sorts of projects that were too heavy for the live web,” says Tim Walsh, a digital archivist at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).

One workaround to make these projects possible was to separate a website from the web. “A simple solution was to simply burn all the the HTML, JavaScript, and other large files to a CD-ROM,” Walsh says....

Some are orphaned because they were made with software that’s now extinct. Others might have been left incompatible by years of updates. Still more may have been created using expensive, specialized, niche software—such as the programs used by special effects studios or video game designers—that’s simply not widely available. In these instances, the databases that the Centre consults might not even be able to identify the file format or the software it came from. ...

For years, many architects and other designers have used a 3-D modeling software called form·Z. The software, Walsh explains, was especially popular for rendering cutting-edge projects in the 1990s and 2000s. Each new release tends to only support files created within the last two versions, meaning that form·Z 8.5 Pro, the current version installed on CCA’s CAD workstations, can’t wrangle decades worth of files created in older versions. ...

To access these complicated files, or to launch some of the sites that lived on CD-ROMs (which may need a certain operating system, browser, or other requirements to open), a user might rig up an emulation environment. An emulator is a proxy: It recreates older hardware and software on a modern-day machine. On occasion, Walsh has made some himself.

When one CCA visitor wanted to take a look at a CD-ROM-based “multimedia website” produced in conjunction with a 1996 exhibition of work by the architect Benjamin Nicholson, Walsh needed to wind back the clock. He tracked down an old license for Windows NT and installed Netscape Navigator and an old version of Adobe Reader. This all enabled decades-old functionality on a two-year-old HP tower.

This strategy works, but it has drawbacks. “These environments are time-intensive to create, will only run on a local computer, and they typically require a lot of technical know-how to set up and use,” Walsh says. Ad hoc emulation is not for the novice or the busy....

RESEARCHERS AT YALE ARE WORKING to solve this problem by creating a kind of digital Rosetta Stone, a universal translator, through an emulation infrastructure that will live online. “A few clicks in your web browser will allow users to open files containing data that would otherwise be lost or corrupted,” said Cochrane, who is now the library’s digital preservation manager. “You’re removing the physical element of it,” says Seth Anderson, the library’s software preservation manager. “It’s a virtual computer running on a server, so it’s not tethered to a desktop.”

Instead of treating each case as a one-off, like digital triage, this team wants to create a virtual, historical computer lab that’s comprehensive and ready for anything. Do you have a CD-ROM that was once stuffed in a sleeve on the cover of a textbook? A snappy virtual machine running Windows 98 might be able to help you out. “We could create any environment that we needed,” Anderson says. The goal is to build an emulation library big enough that there’s a good fit for any potential case—with definitive, clear results. ...

To recreate environments, the team needs hard copies to work from. It’s a bit like an archaeological expedition, an excavation that produces a specimen collection that can be sorted and stored. Over the last few years, the library has been acquiring a collection of “legacy computers.” Researchers scour eBay for desktop PCs from the 1990s, neon-shelled iMacs, and other machines that have long since vanished from the market. They clean up the hard drives, leaving nothing but the original operating system. The next step is to create a disk image of hard drive, copying everything—its data, its processing systems, its quirks—to a virtual replica. “Once that’s set up, you can launch it in an emulated environment,” Anderson says....

The team interviewed 40 people—primarily folks working in archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions—for a preliminary report released last month. In those conversations, licenses emerged as “a big source of heartburn,” Butler says.
digital_preservation  archives  preservation  emulation  software  librarycamp  via:shannon_mattern 
march 2018
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