Archive for January, 2012

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

January 30, 2012

My friend Charlotte just sent me a resource which is going to come in extremely handy in my work as a  librarian and could also possibly be useful to you, reader! Its a free downloadable document called the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries,  and it was published earlier this month by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

According to the ARL website, the Code’s purpose includes answering copyright/fair use questions such as (and I quote):

  • When and how much copyrighted material can be digitized for student use? And should video be treated the same way as print?
  • How can libraries’ special collections be made available online?
  • Can libraries archive websites for the use of future students and scholars

In order to obtain the necessary information for the report the Code’s research team interviewed dozens of academic and research librarians. It makes me really pleased that ARL made this detailed document freely accessible to anyone!

P.S. This 10 page FAQ for librarians on copyright is quite handy, too!


American History Online

January 25, 2012

If you’ve read my blog much before than you might know how much I adore digital archival collections. Imagine – then – how pleased I am to be writing today about American History Online, a project which boasts 362 historical digital collections! This site is as rich in primary resources as my favorite West Village bakery (Molly’s) is in cupcakes.

Brilliant Luna Park at Night

Brilliant Luna Park at Night (Underwood & Underwood, 1904)

The site is extremely well-organized and current. Visitors can browse by subject, (i.e. Government, Music, Religion, etc) , place, or time. It’s also possible to search by keyword and/or year.

I could (and probably will) spend hours exploring this project. Have fun!

National Visionary Leadership Project

January 23, 2012

Oral histories are such a rich primary resource – I always get excited when I meet a researcher hunting for them. Anybody looking for oral histories of African American visionaries who have played pivotal roles in American history should absolutely check out the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP).

A non-profit located in Washington, DC, NVLP maintains an extensive oral history digital archive, which features video interviews with 100+ visionaries from a wide variety of professional and activist backgrounds.

For an example, please see the below video of Derrick A Bell, Jr., a Civil Rights lawyer and author who passed away last year.

Hack Library School

January 17, 2012

I really, really wish that the blog Hack Library School had existed when I was in library school. Anyone either currently in library school or interested in a career in Library and Information Science should definitely check out this excellent blog, billed as “by, for and about library school students.” Inspiration for the blog stems from this 2010 article written by Micah Vandegrift for the blog In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Check out this corresponding video, too:

Hack Library School is updated very frequently, at least several times per week, and also boasts an extensive list of other library-related blogs to check out. The blog invites people to “participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization. “

American Libraries publication

January 12, 2012

Over two years ago I interned at Brooklyn College with Barnaby Nicolas under the leadership of professor/librarian Beth Evans. This was my first experience interning at an academic library as a graduate student – my only other library position had been a work-study job in the Interlibrary Loan department of my undergraduate library.

During the internship Beth suggested that the three of us plus another intern apply to present a poster at the 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, held at Princeton University. We created a presentation based upon our experiences at Brooklyn College, calling  it A Few Drops Wrought a Ripple Effect: A Diverse Pool of Interns Offers Short-Term Staffing Solutions and Long-Term Benefits for New Professionals and the Library.

The poster session was a success, and after the conference Beth, Barnaby, and I decided to write an article on the importance of diversifying the library profession from the internship level onward. This article – entitled Reflecting Our Communities – was published by American Libraries online yesterday, and will be printed in the January/February issue.

Victorian Women Writers Project

January 10, 2012

Interested in British Victorian Women Writers? Look no further than the Victorian Women Writers Project, established in 1995 and still going strong over 15 years later! The project was begun to better represent British female writers of the 19th century. Genres featured include novels, poetry, political pamphlets, and children’s books.

Visitors can either search the database via keyword, author, etc. or browse by author, title, or year. Once you find a particular work that looks interesting, just click on the title of the work and from there you can view it in text, full text, or XML. All of the texts in the collection were published before 1923 and thus are in the public domain.

Women Artists Archives National Directory

January 6, 2012

It seems to me that Rutgers University somehow has an endless supply of stellar women’s/gender/queer studies online resources. Most recently I heard about Women Artists Archives National Directory (WAAND). WAAND is a web directory of archival collections of primary source materials by women visual artists. The artists featured in the directory are based in the United States and their work spans from 1945 through the present.

Site visitors can either browse the entire directory (1000+ collections listed) or search library-catalog-style. This is an example of one search record — the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, found by a keyword search I did for one of my favorite artists, Eleanor Antin.  Records will provide all of the information you will need to access the collections.

Future Librarian Forum

January 3, 2012

Are you a library school student? Or think you might be one someday? If you answered “yes” to either of these two questions, come to the Future Librarian Forum on January 22 from 2-4PM at Bluestockings!
This event will feature 4 library workers – Kate Angell, Aliqae Geraci, Heather Halliday, and Rebecca Shows – speaking about their various backgrounds in academia, public libraries, special libraries, and archives.
Each person will speak briefly on their educational and professional experiences – the presentations will be followed by a lengthy period of discussion on anything and everything library-related!