Bay Area info pros meet-up (Oakland, CA) #librarians #ipsc

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Information Professionals Social Club July 2012 Meet-up

Conga Lounge, Oakland, CA

You are invited to come join the Information Professionals Social Club for our July meet-up at one of Oakland’s best Tiki Bars. Just blocks from Rockridge BART, we’ll send off co-founder Cyndi Varady to Canada in style with Mai Tais. The event officially starts at 6pm, but feel free to come early and enjoy the Conga Lounge‘s happy hour from 5-7. Invite your library, museum, archive and other information professional friends and colleagues to join us there!

What? IPSC Meet-up
Where? Conga Lounge; 5422 College Avenue; Oakland, CA
When? Tuesday, July 24th 6pm

RSVP to either Stephanie Roach or Cyndi Varady or on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

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IPSC to Meet July 18 at La Furia Chalaca* in Oakland, CA #infopros

*UPDATE – VENUE CHANGE

It’s that time again. The venue for the Information Professionals Social Club‘s July meet-up has been chosen, and this time, it’s going to knock your socks off!

Join the IPSC for food, cheer, and merriment at La Furia Chalaca in Oakland, CA, July 18th at 7pm. We promise, this eatery won’t disappoint. Check the link above for more information on this tasty place, and check out their menu.

If you plan to attend or have any questions, please RSVP to either Cyndi Varady or Stephanie Roach. We look forward to seeing you there!

Eat, Drink, and Be Nerdy,

Information Professionals Social Club

La Furia Chalaca
310 Broadway,
Oakland, CA 94607

The IPSC mission is “to promote networking between information professionals of all walks, this includes seasoned professionals, new graduates, and students. Our informal meet-ups are designed to stimulate conversation, share employment experiences, educational advice, and above all make new friends.”

School’s Out For Summer, err…Summer’s Out For School?

Wow, it is so hard to believe, summer is officially over. School starts again on Wednesday. I’ve already been checking in on my course websites, and spent all morning trying to add a class late–so it feels like school is already in session.

This week I complete my internship, I just have some polishing to do on my metadata and copyright documents, and of course a final check in with my site supervisor at GTU‘s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library. This week is going to be busy, but exciting.

I also got news that I was selected for an internship at UC Berkeley‘s Bancroft Library (want to check the library out? Go to their open house on Wednesday 8/25/2010). I’ll be processing manuscript collections along with three other interns. I start in mid-September. Also very exciting.

So, welcome to my final semester at SJSU! I will graduate with my masters in Library and Information Science in December. Wow! Time flies.

Coming to a Close: Summer Digitization Internship

My summer digitization internship at the Graduate Theological Union‘s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, has been different than expected. But as it comes to a close, I’ve reviewed my anticipated learning outcomes, and realize that I’ve met my goals. I started with a wild list of possible learning outcomes, that no one could possibly meet in one short summer. Fortunately, wiser heads prevailed and I pared the list down to three fairly specific goals:

  1. Competently use equipment and software for 1) the digitization of reel-to-reel audio tapes and 2) the management of digital files online in accordance with industry standards and best practices.
  2. Plan, assess and create descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata in order to support the discovery, management, and preservation of digital files.
  3. Demonstrate competence in applying knowledge of legal and ethical issues surrounding intellectual property in the management of digital collections in the online environment.

By tailoring the list so specifically, I was able to self direct my activities to a certain degree and spend the time it took (a luxury I realize working professionals don’t always have) to review material and learn about new aspects of the project, rather than flailing from task to task without direction. Of course, my site supervisor at the GTU Library, Melodie Frances, would never have let me fall into that trap in the first place. Fortunately for me, she allowed me to work independently, thus gaining confidence, and was ready and willing to listen to the knowledge I brought to the table, as many of the areas I was researching were new to her as well. Well, primarily the area of copyright. She had been involved with project metadata and digitization long before I arrived at her library. The intellectual property issues surrounding the project are a different cup of tea, however, and I will discuss my third learning outcome below.

Copyright for pre-1972 sound recordings, as I’ve posted before, is tricky stuff. Federal copyright law only applies to any underlying works on the recording such as a musical composition or poem, not to the actual recording itself. Seriously, this complicates matters. As a result, state law fills the gap, and protects the recording with criminal and civil antipiracy statutes, as well as state common law, including common law copyright (relating to the right of first publication), unfair competition & misappropriation, conversion, and unauthorized distribution. Additionally, rights of privacy and publicity can apply as well. And then of course, there is no guarantee which particular state’s laws will apply in a given case, as it is possible and highly likely for the laws from more than one state to apply, particularly when there are multiple copyright holders.

So what is a library or archive to do? There is hardly a circumstance where recordings are in the public domain. Clearly, one must attempt to get permission in good faith. But what about orphan works where the rights holder cannot be ascertained or found? Is it a safe bet to assess the risk, make sure that any intended use is not for commercial gain (directly or indirectly), and make it accessible online? Or is it best to wait until 2067 when the work enters the public domain? Waiting until 2067 just seems like too long a wait. Hopefully orphan works legislation will be passed before then, although I’m not holding my breath.

The whole issue is seriously complicated. I am finishing a paper about unpublished pre-1972 sound recordings for my internship. It is an assessment of current documentation at the GTU Library, the specific needs of the Jesuit Tape Collection, and recommendations for steps to take going forward with the digitization project. These poor tapes are at the end of their life span, and will not wait until 2067. For preservation sake, the digitization has to happen now. Fortunately, there is little risk with this. The problem is of course access. And what good is a historically significant tape collection, if few may access and use it?

One of the major advantages of digitizing a collection is increasing access to a wider audience while at the same time reducing wear and tear on the original, already damaged tapes during use. Magnetic reel-to-reel tapes just don’t last as long as some other materials.

Too bad intellectual property law is not up to date with the digital age of online access. I hope to see some positive changes to this as I move from intern to MLIS to professional.

Field Trip: USF’s Gleeson Library

Oh, I’m so excited! I have a field trip today. My internship site supervisor and I are going to the Gleeson Library at USF in order to research the history and other details of the Jesuit Tape Collection which is housed at the Graduate Theological Union library in Berkeley.

Hopefully we will get some good information that will help to clear up some of the copyright concerns that have been plaguing the progress of the digitization project. Really, I think some fresh information might give us a new direction and more importantly, new contacts.

Well, I must plan my trip into the city! I will update with more details later. Continue reading

Lost on UC Berkeley Campus: A Pleasant Surprise

Bridge, U.C. Berkeley Campus

I came down some stairs and found a bridge

On a recent trip to my internship site at the GTU Library, I decided to avoid the steep walk up the hill to Ridge Road in Berkeley, and instead cut through the U.C. Berkeley campus. I decided to take a different path, and fortunately (except for the heat…I am always red faced by the time I arrive at the GTU), found my way to a picturesque pathway, that reminded me a bit of Lithia Park in Ashland, OR, where I spent most of my grade and high school years. It really was beautiful, although the path was a bit out of the way of my destination. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the change of scenery. I must take more time to explore the campus’ footpaths.

Creek on U.C. Berkeley campus

Creek on U.C. Berkeley Campus: A refreshing change of pace

Creek on U.C. Berkeley Campus

Creek on U.C. Berkeley Campus

Who is LIS Lady?

Stephanie Roach: The LIS Lady

Stephanie Roach: The LIS Lady

LIS Lady. L-I-S for Library and Information Science, and Lady for lady (although I suppose that depends on one’s meaning of the word…I am not always lady-like). So, LIS Lady is me.

My name is Stephanie Roach, and I am a LIS student at San Jose State University. I will graduate with a master’s degree in December, and at that point, I will be entering the professional world, where I hope to information science it up with the best of them. In the mean time though, I have a busy summer planned, and this blog will begin there.

I am busy with a few projects this summer: 1) I’m the digitization intern at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library (on the GTU campus in Berkeley, CA); 2) I’m an official student tester for the emerging RDA (Resource Description & Access); 3) I’m preparing for my culminating master’s project: the e-Portfolio; 4) I’d like to submit a paper for publication; and 5) I have to fit some day to day living and enjoyment into the mix!

So this summer, I am a busy bee…and hopefully I will stick to it and meet my goals! It is definitely going to be an adventure.

 

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