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With a large volume of content, it’s tempting to solely use an automated system for tagging and annotation. While today’s machine learning and rules-based platforms can achieve a reasonable level of classification, they haven’t yet approached human ability when it comes to reading more deeply into the material and applying tags that might be relevant, but not obvious. Librarians and...

Many federal agencies maintain archives of historical data that is recorded on media that is becoming – or already is – obsolete. Federal librarians are grappling with preserving media like acetate microfilm and nitrate film. Without these preservation efforts, we could lose historical data that has relevance today....

Nitrate film vaults built inside a mountain! The newest nitrate film made! Martin Scorcese’s own personal print on the big screen! The 4th Nitrate Picture Show, held May 3-6 at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, once again did not disappoint lovers and guardians of filmmaking history. Anyone interested in the historic and artistic aspects of nitrate-based cinematography should attend this...

When it comes to transferring large digital files, the common concerns are speed, security and integrity—ensuring content reaches its destination in a safe, timely fashion, its original form intact. Hollywood’s unique digital file transfer needs Large file management has become a persistent headache for many enterprises, but perhaps none of them feel the pain as acutely as commercial movie studios and other...

As a central part of their core mission, libraries have a responsibility to make information and service equally available to everyone. Libraries that are operated by the US government or that receive government funding have additional requirements for making electronic and information technologies (EIT) accessible to individuals with disabilities. ...

In our recent report on common metadata standards, we examined some of the more familiar metadata schemes in current use. Most of these standards were developed for and by librarians and archivists; many of them for books and other text-based documents. ...

In 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) moved from its previous headquarters in Arlington, Virginia to a new LEED-certified building in neighboring Alexandria. This was a perfect opportunity to imagine what the NSF library could be, with a focus on modernization to emphasize the library’s digital resources. The move aligns with the current GSA (General Services Administration) real estate...

The need to tame and manage the proliferation of data will define 21st century federal government libraries. Harnessing the information contained within that data will require library directors, managers and professionals to develop new competencies from data visualization to data management to data analysis and more. ...

Film has its passionate defenders and its ardent critics. So too does digital. The rivalry has been building for over twenty years and the two haven’t always been perceived as playing well together. When you’re in the media preservation business and the casualties keep piling up, people keep asking the same question:...

I love the story of the photographer at a dinner party where the hostess mentioned she had seen some of his magnificent work and that he must have a wonderful camera. The photographer thanked her and said her meal was also magnificent and that she must have a wonderful stove....