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Endangered Data Week

April 17-21 is Endangered Data Week, a new, annual, grassroots effort to…

  • raise awareness of threats to publicly available data of all kinds, across sectors and disciplines;
  • provide opportunities to explore the power dynamics of data creation, sharing, privacy, and retention;
  • build community capacity by teaching ways to make #EndangeredData more accessible and secure.

Sponsored by the Digital Library Federation with support from DataRefuge and CLIR, Endangered Data Week begins with a kick-off Twitter chat Monday, April 17th at 2pm Central; follow @CLIRDLF and use the hashtag #EndangeredData to join in. More related events are available on the event website, including some online. The week closes with a free webinar, Endangered Accountability: A DLF-Sponsored Webinar on FOIA, Government Data, and Transparency as 12pm Central on Friday, April 21.

So what can YOU do for Endangered Data Week?

  1. Read about Open Data, why it’s important, and why it’s currently being threatened
  2. Rescue some data! Get some friends together and host a workshop, or go solo on a data expedition.
  3. Tell stories: whatever you do, make sure to tell others about it!

Or, contact your friendly Digital Initiatives Librarian for more info.

Endangered Data Week is facilitated by a dedicated team of volunteers, including Brandon Locke and Jason A. Heppler, supported by the Digital Library Federation and in partnership with a new DLF interest group on Records Transparency/Accountability, led by Rachel Mattson. Additional supporters include DataRefuge and CLIR.

Clamshell Boxmaking

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Checkout our Special Collections & Archives Tumblr post to view a brief photo documentary of the clamshell box constructed for a large oversized leather volume, Door Locks, Knobs, Padlocks, etc. Hooray for box-making and book preservation!

Book Repair: Syr Perecyvelle of Gales // Kelmscott Press

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Today I completed a series of minor repairs to one of the most fascinating books in our collection, Syr Perecyvelle of Gales. This book was printed in the late nineteenth century at William Morris’ Kelmscott Press, which was famous for its emphasis on hand-craft in bookmaking. You can read more about this book here. If you’re interested in the full scoop on how I completed a resewing and spine repair on this lovely book, please follow this link to Special Collections & Archives’ Tumblr.

Fun with protective enclosures!

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This week, I have enjoyed making a number of custom-fitting enclosures for books related to Louisiana history in Special Collections and Archives. Today I created two identical 4-flap enclosures for both volumes of Charles Gayarré’s La Louisiane. The two books lack sturdy covers, and without proper protection the pages are at risk of deterioration on the shelf. I was able to streamline my measuring process since the books were the same size (woohoo!) I use a strip of paper to measure the thickness, height and width of the book(s), which prevents needing to use the actual books as measuring devices. Using simple tools such as an x-acto knife, a straight-edge, a bonefolder, scissors, double-sided tape, and my measuring strip, I cut one vertical component and one horizontal component out of heavy archival folder-stock. Cutting 2 components allows me to fold with the grain-direction of the folder stock, and this gives me clean, crisp folds that stay flat. I then adhere both components together in the center with archival double-sided tape. I like to secure these enclosures by cutting a tab that fits into a slit on the cover – this prevents my from needing any strings or buttons, which can sometimes damage other books on the shelf (and saves materials!)

Stay tuned for future descriptions and tutorials as we await new and exciting preservation/conservation supplies here in Special Collections and Archives! Yay box-making!