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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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...


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...

Aug. 30, 2016
Vonnegut's typewriter

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (KVML) opened its doors in 2011 with two staffers working in an eleven-hundred-square-foot donated space. Since then, the library's collections documenting the life and work of the author have grown, resulting in the need for a larger space and improved processes.

In the midst of preparing for a major move and a reopening as The Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, Director Julia Whitehead received news that the library was awarded a $5,500 Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). News of the award was happily received by the grant applicants, a group of iSchool alumni who developed the funding application as a class project on behalf of KVML.


Jul. 27, 2016

The American Statistical Society is one of many organizations taking action to preserve scientific research by ensuring reproducibility. To do this, the Society will require authors who publish papers in the Applications and Case Studies section of the Journal of the American Statistical Society (JASA) to provide code and data to the journal.

iSchool Associate Professor Victoria Stodden has been selected to serve as one of three new associate editors for reproducibility for JASA. These editors will develop standards for reproducibility, and will review code and data submitted by authors whose papers have been accepted to ensure those standards are met. This information will then be shared via the journal’s website.

“Our statistical profession has a responsibility to establish publication standards that improve the transparency and robustness of what we publish and to promote awareness within the scientific community of the need for rigor in our statistical research...

May. 31, 2016

Associate Professor Jerome McDonough and Rhiannon Bettivia, who recently defended her dissertation at GSLIS, will participate in the third biennial conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, which will be held June 3-8 in Montreal. The theme of the conference is, “What Does Heritage Change?”

McDonough will present his paper, “A Critical Eye in the Mirror: Building a North American Research Agenda on the Preservation of Intangible Heritage within Library and Information Science.”

May. 18, 2016

GSLIS doctoral students Ruohua Han, Emily Lawrence, and Beth Strickland participated in a panel discussion at the 2016 Personal Digital Archiving conference, hosted by the University of Michigan Library on May 12-14.

The panel, “Memory and Personal Archiving,” was moderated by GSLIS Associate Professor Lori Kendall. Presentations included:

"Scrapbooking Personal Memories: Traditional vs. Digital," by Ruohua Han
In this presentation I aim to distill the characteristics of digital scrapbooking and its end product, digital scrapbooks, by comparing them to traditional scrapbooking and scrapbooks through three lenses closely connected to their abilities and features in recording and sharing personal memory: senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch), time, and space. Through this analysis, I conclude that although digital scrapbooking retains the essential function of scrapbooking and is...