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The past decade has seen tremendous progress in the field of preservation, particularly with respect to preservation of digital materials. To date, however, there has been only minimal research activity within North America on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage—such as language, cuisine, performing arts, and traditional craftsmanship—and its relationship to the preservation of material expressions of culture. Given the importance of intangible heritage to the cultural and scholarly record, a more significant research program in this area would be of benefit to the scholarly community. In order to launch such a research program, the investigators believe it would be helpful to organize a meeting of individuals and organizations with a strong interest in the preservation of...


Dec. 20, 2017

Rana Hutchinson Salzmann (MS '05) has been appointed director of education for the Society of American Archivists (SAA), effective January 2, 2018. She will be responsible for the design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation of SAA’s continuing education offerings and resources for archivists and other related professionals.

"Rana brings to her new position many talents and an eclectic background as an education specialist, interdisciplinary technologist, and project manager," said SAA Executive Director Nancy Beaumont.

Previously, Salzmann served as director of library and information technology at Meadville Lombard Theological School, where she led library, archives, and technology initiatives for a hybrid, distance-learning graduate program that trains students to...

Sep. 14, 2017

The field of library and information science (LIS) has a long history of research on the preservation of materials in libraries and archives. However, that research has focused almost exclusively on tangible aspects of cultural heritage. 

Associate Professor Jerome McDonough, Associate Professor Lori Kendall, and Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn have released a white paper, "Libraries and Archives and the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Defining a Research Agenda," as part of their work on the Preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage project. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the...

Aug. 3, 2017

Bonnie Mak will join book artists, conservators, and archivists for a discussion of the future of the book at the symposium, "Codex: History, Art, and Practice." Hosted by the Ohio Preservation Council and the State Library of Ohio, the symposium brings together information professionals from across the state who are interested in the preservation of documentary heritage. 

In her talk, "Publication, Post-Codex," Mak will offer a provocation on academic publishing beyond the single-authored book. 

"Although innovative approaches to scholarship continue to be touted by university administrators, relatively little attention has been paid to how such work might be registered, disseminated, and preserved," Mak said. "I hope to stimulate further debate about what 'innovative' publications are, how institutional infrastructures can support them, and who will bear their costs." 

Mak's discussants...

Apr. 19, 2017

“Preserving History’s Rough Draft Bit by Bit: Practical Digital Library Experiences from the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) and The Illinois Quotidien: Illinois’s Newspaper Digitization workflow for NDNP”

Join Library of Congress NDNP representative, Nathan Yarasavage and fellow iSchool student and Illinois Digital Newspaper Program Coordinator, Anna Oates for pizza and a discussion on preservation practices in the National Digital Newspaper Program.  Learn how the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and over 40 NDNP partners, such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, contribute to sustaining history’s rough draft through the digitization, preservation, and dissemination of over 12 million historical newspapers pages (and counting) through the website Chronicling America.

Nathan Yarasavage is a Digital Projects Specialist in the Serial & Government Publications Division at the Library of Congress, where he...

Jan. 23, 2017

A new book co-edited by Associate Professor Bonnie Mak investigates how archives, archival practices, and the notion of the archive are being explored across the disciplines. Showcasing the work of established and emergent scholars, as well as information professionals, Engaging with Records and Archives: Histories and theories bridges theory and practice to offer fresh perspectives on recordkeeping and archives that will be of interest to those in the information sciences, digital humanities, art history, social history, data curation, media studies, and communication.

Among the wide range of topics included in the collection are the history of data modeling; information management in Malawi; metaphors of archival order; and the experience of artists in the archive.

Publisher's Description: The contributions in the volume span diverse regions...

Nov. 18, 2016

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Children playing this educational video game on their school's computer in the 1990s got an entertaining geography lesson while in hot pursuit of Carmen and her villains. Preserving a video game such as this for future generations to study and appreciate involves challenges beyond the obvious fact that computers no longer support the software needed to play the game. In "Where Does Significance Lie: Locating the Significant Properties of Video Games in Preserving Virtual Worlds II Data," Rhiannon Bettivia, a postdoctoral research associate at the iSchool, examines some of the difficulties inherent in video game preservation and comes to the...

Oct. 25, 2016

Associate Professor Carol Tilley will present "Dear Sirs: I Believe You're Wasting Your Time" at the National Archives on October 27. The title of her talk, which is sponsored by the Center for Legislative Archives, refers to Senate hearings in the 1950s that investigated the link between comics and juvenile delinquency.

Tilley will address an audience composed of Archives staff and researchers, providing insights regarding comics collections relative to the Senate hearings. She will share findings from her research into the records of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Special Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. She also will discuss her book project, Children, Comics, and Print Culture: A Cultural History of Comics Reading in the Mid-Twentieth Century.

"For my talk, I'll focus on the several hundred letters—many written by children and teens—that protest the 1954 Senate investigation of a link between comics and juvenile delinquency. I'll place these letters...