Scope: digitization of all open reel-to-reel video tapes included in the “Street Scenes” Series created by Fort Wayne Public Library between 1974-1976. The entire FWPL collection consists of 169 reels with the Street Scenes series consisting of 16 tapes.
Overview: the project will begin with digitizing the 6 tapes that remain unprocessed. This will complete the collection for playback on the channel and inclusion on the Allen County Public Library’s Youtube page for use in this year’s Indiana Bi-Centennial Celebrations. Older( 2000s era) files will be reviewed to see if redigitization will create a better product in cases where there is significant drop out detected.
Process: Access Fort Wayne, a department of the Allen County Public Library will provide an open reel playback machine that will feed signal to an oscilloscope, time base corrector, DV digital tape machine and DVD recorder. The original metadata will be transcribed into an Excel spreadsheet, a screen capture will be made of each file. The original paper catalog (FWPL-TV Video Catalog) will be digitized and saved as a PDF. The original reels will be inspected and stored with copies of the digitized content and labeled with the old FWPL catalog number as well as the current AFW catalog number.
Outcome: the unique and local content will be preserved as well as access provided to history enthusiasts, specifically those interested in Fort Wayne architecture, vintage automobiles and fashions from the 1970s.
Time Commitment: Organizing existing files, tape reels and paper documentation will take 40 hours. Set up and configuration of equipment will take 40 hours. Transfer and in ingestion of signal will take 80 hours. Cataloging and upload will take 40 hours.
Order in the Stacks!. Sometimes there are multi formats that have been held together with rubber bands since the 90’s. Sometimes those formats aren’t even labeled. Sometimes I get angry, sometimes I just get sad.
I think we’ve all been there. A print finishes, the delighted patron/maker scampers away with a project, fresh off the print plate. You go to start the next print and low and behold, the raft is still stuck to the plate. The plate is no spring chicken, it has divots and chunks out of it, maybe a little scratched up from some intense gouging. Anyway, each one of those gouges is a great little foothold for your raft. Every print or so I like to wipe down the plate with some surface cleaning wipes and dry the whole thing off with a lint free cloth. I generally leave the little pieces of plastic that fills in the gouges because trying to dig them out makes the holes bigger. I always recommend using a raft when printing because that way the bottom of the print is saved from the irregularities of the plate.
What a day, I finally got an intern to help me with the item level survey of the Tape Archive. This means it is real. We spent the morning reading tape numbers and dates into a database. I see some changes that will have to be made to the database because up til now, it is meant to be the unquestioned record, the reality is, it is a mess down there and I need some way of tracking items that have no record, have improper information or just plain don’t exist anymore.
Right now all I have is a dumpy Access database that is old and wrong, but I can add some forms and queries so that I can find entries and alter them to reflect what really is in the vault.
I recently presented a class on using Finch Robots, those slightly unnerving looking wunderkinds from the folks BirdBrain Technologies. The robots are a fun way to learn how sensors and servos work in conjunction with Snap. Boy-o-boy do I love Snap. It’s an interface that scales up or down depending on the age of the user. I’m a crotchety Gen Xer and I love using level 4 just to play with stuff.
Anyway, my students were particularly interested in programing the robots to interact with each other using the sensing blocks. They also enjoyed programming the little guys to respond to keyboard input to make the robots “fight” each other.
Recently I ran across an article about Blloon.com, an ebook subscription service that launched in the UK last October. What caught my attention was the attempt to apply social media practices to readership. Participants can” earn” more pages to read by engaging in the holy trinity of social media behaviors: the like, the share and the comment.
This got me thinking about how libraries could use a similar game plan to increase social media engagement. What if people could “work off” fines by commenting on a Flickr picture, liking a YouTube video or Sharing a Facebook post?
How would you reward “good” users? What about a free book, coffee or tote? How about money added to your print card?
Would you run this as a shot term program, or make it part of standard operating procedure?
Yes, it’s a bribe, but bribes work. Think about the promise of a snack if you are good and do your to-do list. There are other, more pressing issues with library social media strategies and implementation would be a challenge ( hello Drupal?) If I were the Queen of a small system that I had god-like authority over, I would at least try it.
Here is a little PSA I put together to promote the channels to the community. I used Illustrator to make the icons, After Effects to animate, Garageband for the soundtrack and a borrowed ukelele for the sound track. I wanted to start from a positive place and get people’s attention with an upbeat message.
I spilled one tiny drop of tea on my MacPro track pad and the next thing you know…Havoc! I was sitting at the kitchen table, enjoying some hot beverage when I accidentally jogged tea on my laptop. Without thinking, I dragged my sleeve around, trying to mop it up, but really just shoving the water into the cracks around my track pad. The mouse arrow starts jumping around, becoming completely unusable. I grabbed my phone and started searching for something to do about it. Rice!
Turn off your computer.
Get the following supplies together: handful of rice (I used sushi rice), blue painter’s tape, 5″ of saran wrap.
Cut the saran wrap to cover the trackpad and tape it to the laptop leaving the side toward you open.
Tilt the laptop on its back and pour the rice into the “envelope” you made.
Seal up the open side.
Pat down the rice to distribute it evenly.
Leave it alone for 24 hours.
Tear off the tape close to you and dump the rice.
Remove the rest of the tape.
Enjoy your working laptop!
From what I can guess, the rice acts as a desiccant. The tape helps create a very dry environment by sealing out the moist air and allowing the moisture to be drawn into the rice.
These two languages go together like peanut butter and jelly!
Learn about the history of HTML as a tool to build the framework of the web and how CSS can be used to style that content. In this 90-minute class you will be given a brief overview of learning resources and some introductory tips to get you started.
Participants will learn how to create and style a document
add a page title
insert a photo
make a list
Registrants must have basic computer knowledge such as mouse, keyboarding and directory navigation skills. Space is limited, so sign-up by registering online. Ages 16 & Up
In order to shoot clean, audible clips, I have a solid equipment list that I go to time and time again. My favorite piece is the boom microphone set up. Folks get active on set and can produce quite a bit of rustling if they have a mic on them. The best solution is using a well-pointed PAA 350, a dynamic mic made by Peavy. I place it so it doesn’t cast any unsightly shadows and in a place that I can use a matte to remove it in post production. It is sensitive enough to register low talkers and produce a strong signal that can be shined up in an audio editing software like Adobe’s Audition.
I quick scan of the internet proves that this was probably purchased many moons ago, but the traits to look for in a replacement would be : solid metal construction, dynamic range and directionally mountable. I can’t wait to get this footage into After Effects and start adding the fun animations.