Online news content, today’s first rough draft of history, lasts about 100 days — the lifespan of a common flea. Addressing this urgent threat to cultural memory requires immediate action by individuals from all parts of society.
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Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News forum organizers today announced a travel scholarship program for select graduate students to attend the forum at the UCLA Library on Oct. 13 and 14.
Read more at the Reynolds Journalism Institute blog: Travel scholarships available for graduate students to attend DTMH 2016 at UCLA
A team of industry leaders establish an Importance/Difficulty Matrix in order to chart ideas by relative importance and difficulty for furthering public-private partnerships.
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Edward McCain interviews Brian Hocker about the cooperative project between the Dallas NBC station and the University of North Texas. Hocker is vice president of digital media, programming and research at KXAS-TV, NBCUniversal, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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Hocker discusses how the NBC 5 / KXAS archives became part of the University of North Texas' Portal to Texas History.
Read more at the Reynolds Journalism Institute blog: Keynote: Brian Hocker, KXAS-TV, NBCUniversal
Among the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants is funding for the Journalism Digital News Archive’s Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News conference.
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Welcome to Staff Spotlight, a new series that features the people of Special Collections and the work we do behind the scenes. In today's installment, we're talking to Tim Perry, the newest member of our professional staff.
Describe a typical day working in Special Collections & Rare Books at Ellis Library.
There’s always something new going on in Special Collections, which is one of the best parts of the job. But some of my regular tasks involve the following:
Answering reference questions about our collections. Most days I spend a couple of hours on the reference desk to help patrons who come in to use our collections. And I also answer a lot of reference questions by email. Since I only started at Mizzou in November 2015, this has been a great way to get to know our collection and to find out about all the different ways people are using them.
Teaching classes based on our collections. A lot of classes come to visit Special Collections and so I spend quite a bit of my time figuring out what it would be best to show them – we have great collections, so it’s not always easy to choose! – and then running the actual class visits. It’s another great way to get to grips with the diversity of our collections: just this term we are hosting classes on everything from Greek oratory to pirates and from plague and contagion to the Brontë sisters.
Meeting with colleagues. This ranges from meetings to discuss the everyday running of the department to meetings about major upcoming events. At the moment, for example, we are putting together an exhibition to accompany a major conference on climate change.
What do you enjoy most about working in special collections?
One of the best things about the job is the variety, so it’s hard to pick just one thing. I love working with the books themselves, and also interacting with students, so I would have to say that leading class visits is one of my favorite parts of the job.
How did you discover your passion for working with special collections and rare books?
My background is in Classics so I have always been interested in the way in which the written word has been passed down in different forms over time – everything from papyrus scrolls and medieval manuscripts to printed books and digital texts. So when I went to graduate school for my professional library training I decided to take a couple of classes on rare books and I was immediately hooked!
What are the most interesting items that you have come across in Special Collections at Ellis Library?
We have wonderfully diverse collections: 4,000-year-old clay tablets from Mesopotamia, 21st-century artists’ books, and everything in between – so again, it’s hard to choose one thing. I have done some letterpress printing in the past, so that, combined with my interest in Classics, means that I particularly love our collection of early editions of ancient authors. They are all beautifully printed, and many of them are beautifully bound as well.
So what can you do to save your stuff before it falls into the nothing of the Web? McCain has a few suggestions. I've organized them into the five Ws and one H to make things a little easier.
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Edward McCain: Today we face a very real memory hole of our own making, especially when it comes to journalism. The move from analog to digital has disrupted the print and broadcast revenue models and seems likely to do so for the foreseeable future.
Read more at the Reynolds Journalism Institute blog: Models for preserving news archives that long served the industry leave digital content in peril
We started digging our current Memory Hole a few decades ago: Technological systems that support the creation and presentation of modern journalism morphed so quickly that we no longer know where the treasure is buried.
Read more at the Reynolds Journalism Institute blog: McCainspeakwrite plusgood, or How I came up with the name ‘Dodging the Memory Hole’