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Federal library struggling with backlog, key records poorly filed, auditor-general finds

The federal archival agency spent $15.4 million on a digital record system it never used, and shut it down shortly after it was tested, approved, and operational. That finding is one of numerous concerns uncovered by auditors examining Library and Archives Canada’s ability to keep up with its archival mandate in an increasingly digital world. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s office found that Library and Archives received approval to build a “trusted digital repository” — a system for storing and preserving digital records — in 2006. After spending more than $15 million on the system, Library officials shuttered the project after it was completed in 2011.” (via Toronto Star)

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New York Times Rolls Out Archive of Vintage Print Ads

“Vintage ads that appeared in The New York Times are getting their own digital archive that will live on the Times’ website. Called Madison in reference to Madison Avenue, the archive is expected to go live Tuesday and, at the onset, include every print ad from every edition of the Times in the 1960s. “It invites people to view an important part of our cultural history,” said Alexis Lloyd, creative director at The New York Times Research and Development Lab, which created Madison.

But the Times is inviting readers to do more than just view the ads. It’s also asking readers to help shape the archive by sifting through the ads, identifying them and even transcribing their text.” (via Advertising Age)

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How big is the UK web?

The British Library is about to embark on its annual task of archiving the entire UK web space. We will be pushing the button, sending out our ‘bots to crawl every British domain for storage in the UK Legal deposit web archive. How much will we capture? Even our experts can only make an educated guess.” (via HUK Web Archive blog)

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“The Vatican library and four Japanese historical institutes have agreed to inventory, catalogue and digitize 10,000 documents from a lost Japanese archive detailing the crackdown on Christians in Japan in the 17th-19th centuries. Monsignor Cesare Pasini, head of the Vatican’s Apostolic Library, said the so-called Marega Papers represent the largest known civic archive of its kind. An Italian missionary priest took the 22 bundles of documents out of Japan in the 1940s and brought them to Rome. They sat in the Vatican library’s storage depository for decades until a Vatican researcher who could read the characters realized their importance in 2010.” (via The Associated Press)

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Springer Book Archives completed with more titles than anticipated

“Springer kicked off 2014 by announcing two major accomplishments. The publisher completed its Springer Book Archives (SBA), a four-year project to digitize nearly every book it had published from the 1840s to 2004. Whereas the company originally anticipated that around 100,000 books would be part of this effort, by the time all was said and done more than 110,000 titles were included. Also, due in large part to the addition of those books in the SBA, SpringerLink (link.springer.com) – Springer’s online content platform – surpassed eight million documents for the first time.” (via Springer)

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Champions of play: Boston-area libraries get in the game

“For some, the image of the public library is one of quiet spaces and dusty hardback books, but for a handful of Massachusetts librarians, the term evokes something quite different: The preservation of video games. >Four such librarians work within the Minuteman Library Network, a consortium of 43 public and college libraries in Metrowest. Their respective philosophies are unique, but they all agree that one of a library’s most sacred tasks is to archive cultural artifacts and video games – just like books, music, and film – fit that bill.” (via Boston.com)

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Voices of Science: The lives of British scientists recorded in full for the first time in a new British Library oral history archive

“A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.” (via British Library)

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UC Berkeley library gets grant to catalog Pat Brown documents

“Governor Jerry Brown recently became the longest serving governor in California history. And now researchers may get a chance to learn more about his late father: former Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown. UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library is organizing its large archive of Pat Brown documents. The library has received a $164,000 grant to help it tackle the task. The archive includes 1,030 cartons of documents, seven boxes of photos,  and five boxes of audio material donated to the campus in 1968—and only a small amount has been put in order.” (via 89.3 KPCC)

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“The tattered Torah scroll fragments, Bibles and other religious texts found in a flooded Baghdad basement 10 years ago testify to a once-thriving Jewish population thats all but disappeared from Iraq.Recovered from the Iraqi intelligence headquarters and shipped to the United States for years of painstaking conservation was a literary trove of more than 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents that are being digitized and put online. A sample of that treasure is being displayed for the first time this fall at the National Archives in Washington.” (via Associated Press)

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Keeping Kesey

“Lane County will keep the cultural touchstone that is the collected papers of native son Ken Kesey, including drafts of his novels “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion.” University of Oregon librarians, like the memorable Hank Stamper, said “never give a inch” when it came to other, well-heeled universities swooping in, buying the UO-held papers from the Kesey family and taking them off to Palo Alto, Calif., Houston or some such.” (via The Register-Guard)

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