June 2013

Are we losing it? Thoughts on “Digital Records Dilemma”

June 17, 2013 • Written by

In the June 15th Winnipeg Free Press, it was discussed (http://tinyurl.com/n6f3f7r) that some government emails are irreversibly deleted. Keeping digital records is important because they provide evidence of how government conducts its business.

Good recordkeeping requires a lot more effort than just ensuring crucial records are not deleted, whether intentionally or not. Essentially, digital records need to be maintained so that they can be accessible and usable over time. Physical artifacts may exist for thousands of years, and paper records could stay for decades, but digital records do not have such robustness. Digital carriers have short longevity, both media and file format obsolete in fast fashion (see Chamber of Horrors), digital data is vulnerable to damage (see Atlas of Digital Damages), can be altered with great ease, all of which could render digital files unreadable in a few years. Stated simply, digital records won’t survive benign neglect.

One might think about printing out and keeping paper records instead. This is definitely not an ideal solution—the benefit of digital format such as links, searchability, and certain functionalities will be lost. Digital records need to be refreshed and migrated on an on-going base. Till today, migration is the most commonly used digital preservation method followed by emulation. Neither of them is straightforward and can be costly. For example, when files are transferred to a different format, errors could be introduced. When it comes to proprietary software, when the vendor is out of the market, support is likely to be discontinued.

Digital preservation is at its infancy. Strategies and methodologies are yet to be developed! One thing is certain–we need to consciously and actively maintain our digital records to avoid leaving a black hole in our society’s collective memory.

Luck, Opportunity, and the New Graduate: Videos to Help the Job Search

June 11, 2013 • Written by

No more classes.  No more assignments.  As caps and gowns swish across the stage during convocation, a new phase begins for Red River graduates:

 Finding a job

The 2011/2012 Graduate Satisfaction and Employment report states 68% of Red River graduates found employment in their field.  How do they do it?  Most programs have classes in career writing. From students needing extra pointers to staff needing more resources to teach job hunting skills, Cambridge Educational offers a series of videos entitled The Complete Job Search System. While Media Services does have hard copies on DVD of the titles, last year the library website featured links to the web streaming editions of these same titles.  It connected with RRC job seekers as they were accessed over 40 times compared to other links on the website.  All it takes is a little time perhaps with a username and password.

Below are the titles in The Complete Job Search System series, each linked to their record in the library catalogue:

Career Evaluation VideoEvaluating different careers
HF 5382.7 .E93 2007
Location: A/V stacks and On Demand

Finding a job
HF 5382.7 .F56 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

Interviewing for a Job
HF 5382.7 .I58 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

Right Job for your personality
HF 5382.7 .R54 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

Succeeding on the job
HF 5386 .S828 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

While videos and instructors teach the skills to seek and land a job, each graduate comes equipped with traits like patience, persistence, and perseverance.    In the wise words of Oprah Winfrey,” ‘if you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been ‘lucky’.”

It’s now or Naxos!

June 5, 2013 • Written by

notesWith the Winnipeg Jazz Festival right around the corner (and down the street) from June 13 -23rd why not get in some early jazz listening.

Check out the Naxos Music Library – Jazz available on the Library’s website.

Thousands of tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums.  Search by artist, genre and composer. Simply log in to the Naxos Jazz website and search for your favourite jazz artist or jazz track. Create your own playlists.

How to get there:

  1. Go to the Library’s website.
  2. Go to Article and Databases – Alphabetical – Naxos Music Library – Jazz.
  3. Log in with your College username and password.

More music can be found in the Naxos Music Library – the world´s largest online classical music library with over 85,000 discs and 1.2 million tracks.

In the meantime, check out Jazz Festival Headliner, George Benson’s “Breezin’” track: http://redriver.naxosmusiclibrary.com.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/jazz/stream.asp?s=152963%2Fredrivernmlj3%2Fsz7323%5F001