What Was Lost, Now is Found: Using Google Books and Internet Archive to Rebuild What Hurricane Rita Destroyed


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This presentation focuses on the discovery, collection, and dissemination of digital government documents using Google Books and Internet Archive to replenish a depository affected by a natural disaster. The focus will be on how to find rare, valuable, and historical state documents in a digital format using Google Books and Internet Archive. Negative and positive aspects of both these tools will be examined.

Presented by Rebecca Blakeley at the SLDTF GODORT meeting at ALA 2008.

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  • Introduce myself, working as a Gov Doc Librarian for a year and ½ at McNeese State University, originally from Rhode Island. Moved to Lake Charles after Hurricane Rita but helped with the long arduous recovery process. To put this presentation in context, I will talk a bit about the devastation and loss that occurred, which caused me to think of using digital repositories to replenish a collection of documents that were lost, some very historical and seemingly impossible to find, but somehow were found, most in a different medium…digitally. I will focus on state and local documents, but keep in mind that a majority of the destruction affected federal documents. I will give you practical tips and guidance on how to find, collect, and disseminate your own digital documents (esp. state and local) to add to your collection as well, focusing on these two tools, which have their own pros and cons that we will examine. This presentation is based on a blog entry I wrote for FGI in March (see your handout).
  • What Was Lost, Now is Found: Using Google Books and Internet Archive to Rebuild What Hurricane Rita Destroyed

    1. 1. What Was Lost, Now Is Found: Using Google Books and Internet Archive to Rebuild What Hurricane Rita Destroyed Rebecca Blakeley McNeese State University
    2. 2. Hurricane Rita
    3. 4. <ul><li>Damaged Library Roof - 4 th Floor </li></ul>
    4. 19. The solution…
    5. 20. Nothing beats reading the print…
    6. 21. Digital gov docs have their benefits too…
    7. 23. Google Books “Gov Doc Library”
    8. 24. RSS Feed Alert
    9. 26. Quality is less than perfect…
    10. 27. Searching for State Docs
    11. 30. LA State Doc in Google Books
    12. 31. Modifying the Record
    13. 33. The Completed Record!
    14. 34. Don’t have the record in your OPAC? Just retrieve it from OCLC and modify accordingly.
    15. 36. Internet Archive: www.archive.org
    16. 37. American Libraries Collection
    17. 38. Advanced Search
    18. 39. Search for Louisiana = 423 Results, 121 considered state documents! Dang right!
    19. 40. Internet Archive “Bookmarks”
    20. 41. Government Documents Collection
    21. 42. Ctrl + F to browse for a state or topic
    22. 49. IDTF Program – Digital Collections and Collaborative Collection Development <ul><li>Saturday June 28, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>4:00pm – 5:30pm </li></ul><ul><li>Marriott Anaheim – Platinum 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: </li></ul><ul><li>What are you doing at your library to deal with digital documents? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you collect digital documents? How? What tools do you use? Do you have an agreed upon acq/cat workflow? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a collection policy for digital documents? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you be willing to participate in a collaborative digital collection project? </li></ul>
    23. 50. Let’s come up with solutions… And bring ALL types of government documents to the people!