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Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics: 2012-2013


The Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics (ARCHI) is a pivotal resource for cultural heritage scholars, professionals and students providing a compendium of current research, educational initiatives and best practices. Featuring sixteen original works selected by the distinguished editorial board of international scholars, ARCHI presents a broad spectrum of the cultural heritage informatics field. Whether you are interested in cultural heritage preservation, digitization, digital humanities, user behaviour, technology or educational practices, this edited collection is the central source for current and emerging trends in the rapidly expanding cultural heritage informatics field. The major sections include: - Best Practices: contributors explore the increasingly converging, distributed and pluralistic nature of digital cultural heritage and suggest new perspectives on traditional preservation and access methodologies - Digital Communities: authors emphasize the role of cultural maps in interpreting digital representations and advocate for the preservation of digital cultural discourse - Education: offerings include an exploration of a current cultural heritage informatics educational program and an analysis of educational resources available to local history and genealogy collection librarians - Field Reports: case studies include active digitization programs, cultural heritage preservation initiatives and developing cultural heritage research agendas in Ethiopia, Pennsylvania (USA), Australia and Romania - Technology: chapters explore specific uses of technology for promoting the accessibility and preservation of cultural heritage ranging from a digital humanities virtual reality application, to folksonomies and other social networking tools as finding aid extensions, and a review of digital collection user studies - Reviews: this new section is introduced and the vision charted for its expansion in future volumes. ARCHI is the polestar publication for cultural heritage informatics scholars, practitioners, and students. By challenging readers to explore a variety of contexts and offering critical evaluation of conventional practices, ARCHI promotes new ideas and offers new pathways of development for the cultural heritage informatics field.

PART I: BEST PRACTICES 1. Digital Preservation: Whose Responsibility? - Michèle V. Cloonan, Martha Mahard 2. Facilitating Discovery and Use of Digital Cultural Heritage Resources with Folksonomies: A Review - Daniel Gelaw Alemneh, Abebe Rorissa 3. Experiments in Cultural Heritage Informatics: Convergence and Divergence - Jeannette A. Bastian, Ross Harvey PART II: DIGITAL COMMUNITIES 4. Web Representation and Interpretation of Culture: The Case of a Holistic Healing System - Hemalata Iyer, Amber J. D'Ambrosio 5. Knitting as Cultural Heritage: Knitting Blogs and Conservation - Jennifer Burek Pierce PART III: EDUCATION 6. Developing 21st Century Cultural Heritage Information Professionals for Digital Stewardship: A Framework for Curriculum Design - Mary W. Elings, Youngok Choi, Jane Zhang 7. Local History and Genealogy Collections in Libraries: The Challenge to Library and Information Science Educators - Rhonda L. Clark, James T. Maccaferri 8. Initiatives in Digitization and Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Ethiopia - Abebe Rorissa, Teklemichael T. Wordofa, Solomon Teferra 9. Creating the Online Literary & Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania - Alan C. Jalowitz, Steven L. Herb 10. The Community Heritage Grants Program in Australia: Report of a Survey - Sigrid McCausland, Kim M. Thompson 11. Towards a Study of "Unofficial" Museums - Cheryl Klimaszewski PART IV: TECHNOLOGY 12. Ghosts of the Horseshoe, a Mobile Application: Fostering a New Habit of Thinking about the History of University of South Carolina's Historic Horseshoe - Heidi Rae Cooley, Duncan A. Buell 13. Tune-in, Turn-on, Dropout: Section 108(c) and Evaluating Deterioration in Commercially Produced VHS Collections - Walter Forsberg, Erik Piil 14. The Devils You Don't Know: The New Lives of the Finding Aid - Sheila O'Hare, Ashley Todd-Diaz 15. If You Build It, Will They Come? A Review of Digital Collection User Studies - Ashley Todd-Diaz, Sheila O'Hare PART V: REVIEWS (NASCENT) 16. Memories of a Museum Visit - Carol Lynn Price.

Dr Samantha Kelly Hastings is director and professor at the University of South Carolina, School of Library and Information Science. Previously she directed the digital image management program of study at the University of North Texas, School of Library and Information Sciences, and has worked as a consultant helping public libraries and museums share their cultural objects in a digital environment. A previous president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology ( and acquisitions editor for the ASIS&T Monograph series, she will be President of The Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) in 2015.

"Much wider-ranging than even its generic title suggests...with interesting, useful, and highly specific individually authored articles that stand strongly on their own merits..This first "annual" bodes well for the series, and collections librarians of every stripe should at the verst least rummage its table of contents."

Collection Management

"Keeping, managing, and sustaining the objects of cultures both living and dead are topics for the brave imaginations on display in this debut volume of a new series. These scholars are dedicated to practice, reasoning, behaviour, professionalism, and technique in the essential realm of cultural heritage preservation. They are, more than most of the world's scholars, devoted to tracing the treasured continuities of how we live and keep our lives. The reports in this first volume will inform and inspire all parts of our field."

David Carr

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