Wayback Machine Compare: An Ideal Digital-Professional Portfolio Tool

Don’t know how I missed this, but Internet Archive back in October of 2019 released a new feature on its Wayback Machine to enable users easily to compare different versions of an archived web page. I’ve been hoping for such a feature for a while as a crucial tool for Digital History / Digital Humanities and even made inquires to private software companies about developing it. I’m elated that the adept and agile team at Wayback Machine built it directly into their UI.

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Preserving Japanese-American Digital History

During a pandemic when library print materials are inaccessible, one of the best ways librarians can serve the public is by ensuring that digital history is preserved. And one of the most important tools to preserve digital history is Archive-It, developed by the Internet Archive to preserve whole websites through their various iterations and transformations.

One area of digital history of special significance in my work over the last few years has been Japanese-American History. With the CSU Fullerton subscription to Archive-It, and at the request of professors and graduate students working in this area, we have created multiple-point web archives of the following:

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Crowd-Sourced Unlatching of Curricular Books: A Joint Pilot by the California State University, Knowledge Unlatched, and the Internet Archive

Updated May 13, 2020

My CNI presentation felt like it went really well, despite a couple wireless freezes during the session. A video recording is now available on Vimeo or embedded in the session event page, linked from the Coalition for Networked Information Spring 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting website.

I’ve uploaded the presentation outline to Zenodo for easy access and linked open data compliance.

The presentation abstract is available through CNI and appended below:

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Academic Senate of the California State University Passes ORCID Resolution (AS-3412-20/FA)

The Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) today passed resolution AS-3412-20/FA in robust support of ORCID. The vote was without dissent: 47 ayes, 0 nays, and 2 abstentions.

This resolution is one of the first of its kind in the world, with Rutgers and Stanford having previously passed similar resolutions. Today’s ASCSU vote represents the first ORCID resolution adopted by any university consortium.

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In Defense of the National Emergency Library: A Call to Library Solidarity and Partnership with the Internet Archive

Public and university libraries have paid hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars, to own, catalog, and preserve print books, only now to be rendered utterly incapable of providing access to them. That is a massive waste of public funds and decades of work by librarians.

Start with that Constitutional argument of public investment for the public good, and the protestations of for-profit publishers and the Authors Guild against the National Emergency Library fall flat and ring hollow.

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CSU Explores the Possibility of a Google Books Partnership

Just heard yesterday that our CSU Council of Library Deans (COLD) approved a request I’d made to begin exploring a possible system-wide partnership with Google Books.

The first step that Google Books has invited is for the CSU to send records of our entire print holdings to Google Books for evaluation. Google Books would then run a comparison of their current digitized holdings against our holdings and evaluate on their end whether a digitization partnership makes sense. If it does, then the CSU would consider whether it might make sense for us as well.

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