Sunday, March 20, 2016

How does your library collect current event?

Inspired by the posts I saw through my Instagram account for #eyf2016 (Edinburgh yarn festival) I had a look at how it was being reported, and did a brief Storify.

This looks an amazing event, because of the large number of images being shared on Instagram, and the high volume of tweets.  I was wondering if Edinbugh Public Library ever captured this kind of material for local studies. This is not to single out one library, but rather, continuing to look for libraries who are collecting social media.  I am interested both in those collecting for access (like on Storify) and collecting for preservation (like the work being done in North Carolina).

Friday, March 11, 2016

collecting current content for local studies - inspired by iview

I am watching Afghanistan : inside Australia's war and it makes me think about collecting current material for local studies.

I have been talking about collecting current content a lot, but have not written much about it, and will need to write more than this short piece, but this is a start.

Watching this series has highlighted some styles which could be considered for local studies. I really like the extreme close up filming for the SAS soldiers, as it captures their emotion as their eyes are the focus.  It is amazing how impressive this filming style is.  This gives an option for access when whole face shots may not be possible. There is a rawness to this recent recording, which is very powerful.  This is impressive and very moving television which I continue to watch because of the stories which are told.

For other material on this subject to consider see...

Uncommon Soldier: Brave, Compassionate and Tough, the Making of Australia's Modern DiggersUncommon Soldier: Brave, Compassionate and Tough, the Making of Australia's Modern Diggers by Chris Masters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a powerful read. I am a fan of the investigative work of Chris Masters, and this book, looking at Australian soldiers in Afghanistan shows the importance of long term research. This builds on several documentaries by Masters, and brings together a very interesting account. It is balanced as the the bad and the good are discussed. There are also interesting comments about the roles of journalists in war.

While I enjoy the work of Christ Masters, I do not read many books about military history, this was an important one to read.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle : some interesting use of social media from Ireland

I came across the hashtags #ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle because I follow Dublin City Public Library on Flickr and saw the following image come through my Flickr stream with this description
On 2 March 2016 we joined a nationwide campaign to highlight services provided by City and County Councils using the hashtags#ourcouncilday and #ÁrLáSaChomhairle on Twitter.
Tweet Day 2016 at Drumcondra Library
I investigated further, and liked the idea so much I did a quick Storify (see below). It is impressive to see the use of both hashtags. There are some interesting ideas for local studies in all of this.