Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sheep and local studies

There has been an interesting discussion on Instagram encouraging people in the UK to share photographs of rare sheep breeds...

This is from the UK, and many of these sheep are connected to local areas. This has led to some lovely photographs of sheep...
A photo posted by Team Wovember (@wovemberwool) on
As well as photographs of items made with the wool of rare sheep breeds
It made me hope that some UK public libraries are collecting this for their local studies collections.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A knitting pattern copyright discussion on Instagram

I found out about this discussion because I saw this (you need to read the information under the photograph)

A photo posted by Felicity Ford (@knitsonik) on
which was reposted by others, and led to one person sharing their photograph of the hat they had knitted with the original pattern, calling others to do the same...
...which led to more people sharing their photographs...
There are more examples at #getyourbabblesoot.

 Only a few days ago the pattern creator had shared
I thought this was an interesting way of dealing with copyright misuse. They are working through Ravelry as well.

An update has been posted by the original designer. It is worth checking the number of likes and comments as there is a lot of solidarity being shown.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Hunt Library visualization experience

I really like the way I can find out about some of the amazing things happening at this library.  They are doing amazing things, and are sharing them - which is just as important.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A few thoughts in Mining the home movie: Excavations in histories and memories

Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and MemoriesMining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories by Karen L. Ishizuka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book as I am thinking about the importance of home movies in local studies collections. This book is not about public libraries, but about national and regional collections of film, some of which include home movies. The chapters describe the research potential of ordinary film. Some has value because of who is in it, someone famous, people interned, and in many cases, people now dead. Often the value is in the ordinariness of what is filmed, such as scone making at a fair. As an aside I hope there is film over time of scone making in Australia, I will have to track that down.

This is a book looking at film, and some times video. There is no coverage of collecting digital material. This seems a gap, although is may be because little is collected, but that is speculation. There is also little discussion about digitisation.

There are some very impressive collections, and some which often seem to record oral histories to better describe the film being collected. The Imperial War Museum, is one of those organisations.

The Florida Moving Image Archive highlights the research value from film with changes in communities, national parks and skylines all being clear. The chapter on this archive highlights the tourism and migration potential of film, as people would travel to Florida for holidays, or to live there, after having seems someone's home movie. They have an active public access program combing bus tours and viewing of local home movies.

Other experiences such as internment were illegally filmed record is key for documenting this time in the USA, as are the films of labour disputes in New Zealand.

There is considerable discussion in some chapters about the need for more representation in minority voices, which seems to include women, as not many women are credited with filming, although there are exceptions such as Mussarath Khan and Leela Anjanappa, both from India.

The North West Film Archive in England, was set up to collect film about daily life. It highlights the importance to regional and local history. They are working at developing audiences of their films showing them in places such as shopping centres, hospitals and remand centres.

I am only providing a few examples from this very interesting book. I still need to track down how digital material is being collected by these and other organisations, so that recent content will be collected and preserved. Otherwise it will be like early film which has been poorly stored and will. It will not be viewable for the future.

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