Digital Archiving Tip: How to Extract Embedded Media from PowerPoints

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Converting PowerPoint presentations into PDFs will provide a better format for long-term preservation in digital archives. However, this will lose any animations, transitions, and embedded video and audio files (not notes, these can be saved as PDF annotations on conversion). The first two may not be a loss as they are less likely to contribute to the intellectual content of the presentation. Embedded media files, on the other hand, probably need preserved separately from the PDF with their relationship to … Read More

New Year, New Blog Name (and More)

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I’m bringing in the new year with a new name for the blog: End to Endpaper. The name is borrowed from the title of my next bookbinding project, which will be a flag book containing some of my marbled paper. The new name carries with it connotations that describe both me and this website: libraries, books, bookbinding/crafts, and sharing stories. End to end refers to looking at a process from the very beginning to the very end. With information management, … Read More

Usability Study Tips for Distance Education Students

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I wanted to share a few tips I learned from doing a usability study for my final project in graduate school as a distance education student. This summer I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries. I was interested in connecting with end users for my last undertaking as a graduate student after spending two years focusing on the technical and administrative side of things. I developed a protocol to test a … Read More

Shh…Don’t Tell Anyone I’m a Librarian

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Shh…don’t tell anyone I’m a librarian. Just kidding, kind of… This summer I finished a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries from the University of Illinois. A lot has changed since I first left my short career as a school librarian to enter into a library and information science master’s program. When I was shopping for master’s programs, all advice and research pointed to applying only to programs for a MLIS, not a MLS. Employers wanted to see “Information … Read More

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