This is going to be a short post because I’m in the middle of an emergency and I really need your help.
My mother-in-law passed away at the end of March. Not of coronavirus, if you’re wondering. She was in Alaska and we’re in North Carolina, so we’ve been trying to take care of everything from here. We had two huge boxes of her papers and her daughter’s effects (both daughters are deceased) sent to our house. They were delivered yesterday, but nobody knocked or told us. They sat on our porch for at least 12 hours. Unfortunately it was raining the entire time. One box was standing in an inch of water when I found it.
We won’t be able to salvage all of it, there’s too much damaged, but I want to save at least some of it for my husband’s kids and grandkids. If any salvage experts, archivists, etc have any ideas, please let me know. PLEASE don’t point me toward salvage documents — I know about those. I’m looking for advice like, “Don’t bother with the posterboard items, they’re hosed,” or “You can keep your Kodak slides from getting water spots by doing x.”
National Indigenous Times: Remote school Nawarddeken Academy supports young student’s app development. “Carefully weaving culture and technology, 14-year-old Natasha Yibarbuk has created three interactive, bilingual apps teaching Nawarddeken culture. Yibarbuk is a senior student at the Nawarddeken Academy, a unique bicultural school in the remote community of Kabulwarnamyo. The community sits within the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area in Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.”
Pasadena Now: Pasadena Museum of History’s Black History Collection Is Now Available Online. “The overall project involves digitization of approximately 17,000 items, including paper materials, historic photographs, video recordings, and other unique items from collections held by six community archives in the L.A. as Subject research alliance. The project will add to the visibility of collections that document underrepresented community histories.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNET: Facebook tests app for free web browsing on a mobile device, within limits. “Facebook is testing in Peru a new app called Discover that lets people browse text on any mobile website for free for a certain amount of time, a move that highlights the social media giant’s ambitions to expand internet access globally.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Derry Now: Derry-based ‘Troubles’ archive resource set to be frozen because of a lacking of funding. “The Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) contains information and source material on the Troubles and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. The CAIN is regarded as the ‘go-to’ resource on the Troubles by academics, researchers and journalists from throughout the world. The archive and its staff are based at the Magee campus of the Ulster University. However, the university said last year that it was reviewing the future of the archive due to a lack of funding.”
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