I was given wording for a reply that pretty much said abandonware doesn't necessarily mean copyright no longer applies, and that we are interpreting things conservatively to protect the collections and institution until we have a proper risk management policy. I encouraged them to keep looking elsewhere in the meantime because it might take a year to have a policy in place.
A few weeks ago a researcher asked to buy a Microsoft disk in our collection. After some consultation, the decision was made to not give them an ISO image of said disk because of copyright. MPOW tends to lean a little more conservatively with access.
The researcher did NOT like this and sent me an angry email re abandonware, other places that are providing access to similar things, and their interpretation of US copyright law (they are from outside of the US).
I’m finally writing the proposal to SAA Council for this first generation student membership award, but I am questioning every word that I write.
Though I’ve been told to “follow the template it’s easy!” I’m having an incredibly difficult time finding a compelling way to state my reasons for wanting to establish this award. I’m really starting to doubt my writing skills and how well I can do this or if I should even be the person doing it in the first place.
AH! Last year on that other site a bunch of archivists were discussing how SAA should offer a way for current archivists to sponsor student memberships. I chimed in saying that maybe it is something SNAP could spearhead.
Many moons later I've just sent out a draft for a "Student Membership Award" to the SNAP steering committee for review! 😬
The RAC has just released Aurora, an open source application to receive, virus check, and validate transfers of digital records: http://blog.rockarch.org/?p=1997
We’re adding an out board at work and I was given free reign to decorate it. With washi tape and the help of a coworker we have this colorful masterpiece. Soon we’ll ask for baby pictures to use as our customs magnets (all optional). For now there’s the Norton Utilities magnets I made from stickers that I found in the collection.
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