In honor of the second annual Preservation Week, I decided to bump up this thematic “In the news” post, which was originally intended for May. Preservation isn’t something that most people think about regularly, but it probably should be—it’s important that we protect our cultural history, whether the materials take analog or digital form. Here are some related stories and resources, including some videos selected from recent entries at Preservation Underground. There are some fun ones at the end, so, as Ira Glass would say, stay with us!
One man in China uses Photoshop to revive over 2,000 damaged photographs—for free. It’s a great story in and of itself, but the pictures also illustrate some damage that conservators deal with daily.
From the Preservation blog at UCLA
Have you heard that Google Video is shutting down? Many of us trust our digital media storage to the web, but rarely do we consider what we’ll do if those companies go under. It’s a matter of day-to-day versus long-term reliability. (Luckily, in this case, Google is making it easy to migrate files to YouTube.)
From the Library of Congress
Okay, so this isn’t actually a news story, but I figure that Preservation Week itself counts as news. The Library of Congress provides some great tips for preserving your personal digital legacy.
From Yale University
Historian Abby Smith Rumsey discusses preservation from a social perspective—its role in our culture—in this lecture, entitled “But Storage is Cheap: Digital Preservation in the Age of Abundance.”
From Columbia University
Made at Columbia University in 1987, “Murder in the Stacks” is something of a classic in the library community. It’s both educational and entertaining (in a geeky sort of way).
One last item, just for fun: what would a helpdesk look like in the middle ages?