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Humans have been presenting information in a pictorial or graphical format since the dawn of civilization – e.g., cave drawings. At the dawn of the information technology age we called it presentation graphics – e.g., PowerPoint. Only recently – at the dawn of Big Data – has the lofty label of “data visualization” come into use. As the flow and volume of...

If you haven't yet, please read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. DIVERSITY OF APPROACHES TO MEDIA PRESERVATION: So, what about that Film collection of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il? Justin McKinney, an independent consultant, talked about the rumors and speculation surrounding the North Korean film archives. It’s believed that for many years, North Korea ran a secretive operation to create dupes...

People working in business, law and other areas are doing more of their own research these days. Often the information they seek is needed yesterday, and they have few resources like access to quality databases or research support to ease the burden. And fact-checking? That's something for journalists to worry about. If this describes your situation, this post is for you. We...

If you missed Part 1 of this article, please click here. FROM VIDEOGAMES, ALL THE WAY BACK TO NITRATE FILM STOCK: The AMIA Nitrate Committee had a chance to meet and discuss various issues surrounding the care and handling of my favorite antique moving-image medium, Nitrate film stock. Co-Chairs Heather Heckman and The Library of Congress’ Rachel Parker led the meeting and reminded...

Here's a few posts from our blog in 2015 that you may have missed about film preservation and media asset management topics, curated for fast, informative reading! Preserving Nitrate and Acetate Motion Picture Film Collections For owners or managers of motion picture film captured on nitrate or acetate stock, make sure it's properly stored! It's irreplaceable and too valuable to leave to...

Following are a few posts curated from 2015 that represent some of the many facets of LAC Group's Library as a Service®, from Competitive Intelligence and other research services to preservation and archiving to library/information center outsourcing. Competitive Intelligence and Other Research Skilled research performed by trained professionals with access to the most reliable, current data is a one of the most...

The 2015 AMIA conference in Portland was the 25th anniversary of the organizations annual members meeting and it was the best attended in years. Multiple presentations and sessions were standing-room only. [caption id="attachment_7872" align="alignright" width="400"] PRO-TEK employee, Danny Kuchuck (center), recounts his experience at this year's AMIA conference.[/caption] PRO-TEK was very involved with this years conference in various ways and for me,...

Law firm marketing staff were once devoted to producing slick brochures and pretty PowerPoint slide decks, while business development efforts were focused on a handful of so-called rainmakers. Today, big law firms are investing in sophisticated marketing and business development strategies and professional staff. And the most successful firms are finding ways to use Competitive Intelligence as a competitive advantage. [caption id="attachment_7798" align="alignleft" width="200"]...

Of all the ways your business can "go green", reducing paper should be a priority. Much of the paper that is printed and copied at work – about 45%, according to Xerox – has a lifespan of less than a day, ending up in a trash can or filing cabinet by the time five o’clock rolls around. The cumulative costs of this...

When the U.S. Copyright Office was created in 1897 as a department of the Library of Congress, the idea of rights protection for ‘things’ would have been as unimaginable as the internet. Yet here we are, not much more than a century later, living in a world of the 'internet of things' in which microchips, software and data reside in everything from...