On June 10-15, 2012, Dr. Nancy Gwinn (Smithsonian Libraries Director and Biodiversity Heritage Library Executive Committee Chair),Martin Kalfatovic (Assistant Director, Digital Services Division, Smithsonian Libraries and BHL Program Director), and Grace Costantino (BHL Program Manager), along with several other BHL colleagues from across the US, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to attend a series of meetings aimed at creating a BHL for sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading
The Digital Services Department is happy to announce our first completely 'virtual' intern — Cynthia Mari Orozco, who will be working with us as our Latino Publications Intern this August. Her internship, as well as the project she will be working on, is funded by the Smithsonian Latino Center through their Latino Initiatives Pool Fund.
While with the Libraries Cynthia will be aiding in the creation of a Smithsonian Spanish language e-book collection by selecting and evaluating Spanish language titles from the Smithsonian collections for digitization and conversion to ePub format. She will also be reviewing other (non-Smithsonian) digitized collections for complementary and relevant titles to convert to ePubs. She will prioritize titles for digitization and conversion, focusing on public domain (out of copyright) titles in Spanish, as well as public domain titles in other languages related to Latino Studies.
Cynthia will graduate this summer with her MLIS from San José State University while living in Costa Mesa, California. While Cynthia has completed all of her MLIS coursework in an online format, this will be her first experience as a remote intern.
With an MA in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University, Cynthia is excited to bring her background in Spanish language and Latin American and Latino Studies to this project. As an undergraduate in political science and sociology at the University of California, Irvine, Cynthia became interested in Latin American politics and history. In her senior year, she traveled to Northern Chile to participate in an archaeological field school through UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Her experience in Chile encouraged her to continue pursuing studies in Latin America. As a graduate student at SDSU, she continued to travel and live in various parts of Latin America, including Brazil, Nicaragua, Argentina, Cuba, and Colombia. While at SDSU, Cynthia became inspired to pursue a career in librarianship after receiving invaluable support from her university library.
Cynthia will be posting an update on the project next month, so stay tuned!
Nancy Gwinn, Martin Kalfatovic and Suzanne Pilsk attended two meetings sponsored and hosted by the Internet Archive. Held at the facilities of the Internet Archive in San Francisco, the gatherings focused on providing content and the future of books and reading in an online, and increasingly mobile, environment.
The Internet Archive Leaders' Forum brought together representatives from a number of institutions that digitize or share content through the Internet Archive. Participants shared where they were with their current projects and explored possibilities for future work and collaborations.
Books in Browsers, organized by the Internet Archive's Peter Brantley, brought together creators, libraries, publishers and technologists (attendee list) for a fast-paced two day meeting on the latest in presentation of text in the on-screen environment.
These meetings highlighted the increasing pace in which technology is affecting the industries that revolve around the written word. In the information ecology, looking at the entire picture, from the creation of content to its ultimate consumption is important. Disruptive elements anywhere in the information ecology can have ramifications for participants far removed from the points of disruption.
As readers of this blog know, Smithsonian Libraries is actively engaged in digitization projects and also exploring conversion of these digital texts for on-screen and mobile reading.
Some of the presentations and other information can be found here:
- Brewster Kahle's Presentation
- Slide show of moving the 2.88 petabytes at the Internet Archive
- Photo flip books from boths days and the evening event (Day 1; Day 1 gala; Day 2)
- Tom Blake's (BPL) video used in the evening presentation
- Blog post of the evening presentation
- Martin R. Kalfatovic
(Brewster Kahle orchestrates group photo of participants)