Here's the good news: archiving digital information makes it more accessible to current and future scholars. The bad news is that transferring data from storage devices like floppy disks, hard drives, or USB sticks risks unintended alterations to the data.
Digital archivists reduce this risk by using write-blockers that only allow them to access data in read-only mode. Write blockers are invaluable tools in preserving the authenticity, security, contextual information, and research value of digital collections.
The Bancroft Digital Collections Unit recently acquired a Tableau write blocker. This device assures that no changes are made to the data, regardless of user error or software modification. It also protects private or sensitive information like social security numbers, medical or financial information.
The Bancroft's newest piece of equipment helps bridge the gap between preserving original unprocessed computer media and creating open digital collections that are available to all. Learn more about the write blocker on the Bancroft Library Digital Units blog.
Did you know that your brain focuses and retains information better with downtime between study sessions? With that in mind, take a quick break and head on over to the Earth Sciences and Map Library for a Map & Movie Study Break to watch The City that Waits to Die, a 1970 BBC film about seismology research and San Francisco earthquakes.
This film is "a classic of the disaster-geology genre," according to the Earth Sciences and Map Library website, and it "was intended to warn viewers of the dire consequences that awaited the region should another 'big one' hit. Although its prognostications are somewhat dated, the movie is an amazing time capsule of 1970s era science, featuring a soundtrack by Mama Cass and vintage supercomputers."
When: Friday, May 8, 11-noon
Where: Earth Sciences and Map Library, 50 McCone Hall
Admission is free.
A reception will be held on May 6, 2015 to honor the (not yet announced) winners of the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. This prize has recognized sophisticated student research efforts for over a decade and encourages both lower and upper-division students to explore Library resources, bringing innovative approaches to their research.
Please join us to celebrate the excellent undergraduate research projects that have taken shape this year!
Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Morrison Library
Take a break from studying and join us for Movies @ Moffitt. This month's edition will feature Oil & Water, a story about two boys, each born on opposite ends of an oil pipeline, who come of age during one of the world's worst toxic disasters: the contamination of Ecuador's Amazon region by reckless oil drilling.
This event is admission free. UCB student ID is required.
Date: May 7th
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm
Location: 150 D Moffitt Library
The Morrison Library will be hosting a special, end-of-the-year Story Hour featuring readings by student writers. This annual event will feature short excerpts of work written by those from our campus community, including work by winners of the university?s major prose writing contests, Story Hour in the Library interns, and faculty nominees. You can watch last year's Story Hour in the Library -- Student Reading on YouTube.
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Morrison Library