Houston, We Erased The Apollo 11 Tapes : NPR

by Nell Greenfieldboyce

An exhaustive, three-year search for some tapes that contained the original footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk has concluded that they were probably destroyed during a period when NASA was erasing old magnetic tapes and reusing them to record satellite data.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106637066

SPARKY VIDEO CONTEST GOES LOCAL, ADDS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2009 Contact: Jennifer McLennan jennifer@arl.org SPARKY VIDEO CONTEST GOES LOCAL, ADDS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Competition showcases student videos, promotes library services and offers instructors a fun and thought-provoking class assignment Washington, DC – April 9, 2009 – The organizers of the popular Sparky Awards, which recognize the best new short videos on the value of information sharing, are calling on colleges and universities to organize their own campus video competitions in 2009 to get maximum benefit from the third-annual installment of the contest. Well-suited for adoption as a class assignment, the Sparky Awards invite contestants to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. The contest is an opportunity to promote library services, including media services or the information commons, where students can edit video, browse media, work collaboratively and learn about copyright. Last year Brigham Young University (BYU), Penn State University, and Dartmouth College were among the campuses that organized local Sparky contests. “The experience was remarkable,” said BYU librarian Randy Olsen. “Although our contest was open for less than a month, we received seven submissions prepared by 58 students. The night we screened the entries I invited the video producers to introduce their works. In every case the students spoke articulately, even passionately, about open access and it was obvious that they had become conversant with all of the issues we as librarians care so much about. By the end of the evening I felt that our investment in the awards – an iTouch and two fifty dollar checks – was money well spent.” Entries in the international Sparky Awards competition must be received between April 9 and December 6, 2009. To be eligible, videos must be freely available on the Internet and available for use under a Creative Commons License. In addition to the international Grand Prize and Runner-up winners selected by a distinguished jury, the organizers are adding a People’s Choice Award this year, which will give visitors to the Sparky Web site a chance to vote for their favorite entry in the international competition. People’s Choice voting will be open between December 8, 2009 and January 30, 2010, after all entries have been received. The international award-winning videos will be announced in conjunction with the January 2010 American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Boston, where the winners will be screened. The national Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 along with a Sparky Award statuette. The Runner Up and People’s Choice winners will each receive $500 plus a personalized award certificate. At the discretion of the judges, additional Special Merit Awards may be designated. For details on the contest and tips on organizing a local competition, visit the Sparky Awards Web site at http://www.sparkyawards.org. # # # THE SPARKY AWARDS are organized and sponsored by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an alliance of academic libraries and research institutions that promotes new scholarly communication models that expand sharing of information via the Internet. SPARC is a founder of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, representing taxpayers, patients, physicians, researchers, and institutions that support open public access to taxpayer-funded research.

Secret Philadelphia: TU’s Urban Archives and the Secret Cinema

n61252373509_2902.jpgThursday, April 16, 4:00 & 6:00PM Paley Library – Lecture Hall, 1210 W Berks St Free admission! The Secret Cinema and The Urban Archives present Films from the Urban Archives: Secrets from Philadelphia’s Past This event will be the first ever public screening of films held in the Urban Archives collection, comprised of the former news and public affairs film libraries of two Philadelphia television stations. The Television Audiovisual Collections of the Urban Archives consists of approximately 14,000 cans of 16mm film from WPVI (formerly WFIL) and KYW. They include both aired and unused news footage, original documentaries and other special programming. The footage dates back to 1947 (when WFIL-TV first went on the air) and continues through the early 1980s. There will be two different blocks of film, each lasting approximately 90 minutes. For more info: http://www.thesecretcinema.com

Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986

mekasnotescircus.jpgNow Available from Paley Library, the latest in the popular Treasures series from the National Film Preservation Foundation…
Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986 presents 26 films by artists who helped to redefine cinema. It is the first anthology of the period available on DVD. The new 5-1/4 hour, 2-disc anthology, released on March 3, 2009 by Image Entertainment, samples an array of film types and styles, from abstract animation to documentary and balances acknowledged classics with rediscoveries. The films are drawn from the preservation work of five of America’s foremost avant-garde archives—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the Pacific Film Archive. None of the titles has been available before on good-quality video in the United States.”

* Bruce Baillie, Here I Am (1962)

* Wallace Berman, Aleph (1956-66?)

* Stan Brakhage, The Riddle of Lumen (1972)

* Robert Breer, Eyewash (1959)

* Shirley Clarke, Bridges-Go-Round (1958)

* Joseph Cornell, By Night with Torch and Spear (1940s?)

* Storm De Hirsch, Peyote Queen (1965)

* Hollis Frampton, (nostalgia) (1971)

* Larry Gottheim, Fog Line (1970)

* Ken Jacobs, Little Stabs at Happiness (1959-63)

* Lawrence Jordan, Hamfat Asar (1965)

* George Kuchar, I, An Actress (1977)

* Owen Land, New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops (1976)

* Standish Lawder, Necrology (1969-70)

* Saul Levine, Note to Pati (1969)

* Christopher Maclaine, The End (1953)

* Jonas Mekas, Notes on the Circus (1966)

* Marie Menken, Go! Go! Go! (1962-64)

* Robert Nelson & William T. Wiley, The Off-Handed Jape…& How to Pull it Off (1967)

* Pat O’Neill, 7362 (1967)

* Ron Rice, Chumlum (1964)

* Paul Sharits, Bad Burns (1982)

* Jane Conger Belson Shimane, Odds & Ends (1959)

* Harry Smith, Film No. 3: Interwoven (1947-49)

* Chick Strand, Fake Fruit Factory (1986)

* Andy Warhol, Mario Banana (No. 1) (1964)

Mark Moskowitz on Books, Filmmaking, and the Power of the Archive

Tuesday, March 24, 2:30 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall

Moskowitz exhumed the book Stones of Summer from obscurity and turned it into a full-length film highlighting the importance of creating a repository for books and information. His “re-discovery” of this book and eventual creation of the film emphasizes the relationship between new mediums and traditional print materials. Please join us as Moskowitz discusses filmmaking, his extraordinary journey into his Lost Book Club, and his current projects which tie together history and art.

Questions? Contact Library Communications Manager Phone: 215-204-2828

SPARKY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Student videos offer unique views on information sharing

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) announces: Washington, DC – February 3, 2009 – Four student productions are winners of the second annual Sparky Awards, a contest organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and adopted by campuses nationwide that calls on entrants to creatively illustrate in a short video the value of sharing ideas. Selected by a distinguished panel of media scholars, educators, librarians, students, and others, the winning videos offer potent and colorful glimpses of how students see sharing of knowledge spurring innovation, solving problems, and improving lives. The winners were announced on January 24 at a public screening held in connection with the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Denver. The videos will also be screened at the Campus MovieFest Southern Regional Grand Finale in Atlanta March 28 and 29, 2009. This year’s winners are: GRAND PRIZE WINNER: To Infinity and Beyond By Danaya Panya, Sebastian Rivera, Hemanth Sirandas, Uriel Rotstein, and Jaymeni Patel, University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College http://urliek.blogspot.com/2009/01/sparky-awards-entry.html FIRST RUNNER UP: How to Make Things Easier By Taejin Kim, Savannah College of Art and Design http://blip.tv/file/1493053 SECOND RUNNER UP: Brighter By Christopher Wetzel, Ohio Northern University http://www.vimeo.com/2373573 SPECIAL MERIT AWARD: GrowUp By Cécile Iran, Laurie Glassmann, Christophe Zidler, Aldric de Villartay, University of Versailles-Saint Quentin, France http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7kaif_growup_creation Uriel Rotstein, spokesperson for the winning team, noted that their video was created as an assignment in a course called “Communication in the Digital Age,” which explored ideas of communication, the importance of sharing information, and issues involving the movement to digitize information. “We all learned about the importance of open access to information through making our entry for the Sparky Awards and have become open access supporters ourselves,” he said. Taejin Kim, an international student and creator of How to Make Things Easier, said he was inspired by daily life, adding, “I strongly believe that someone’s small idea could be a big solution to someone else.” “I knew a bit about the public domain and Creative Commons licenses before the project,” said Chris Wetzel, “but I was surprised by the full scope of the different Creative Commons variations I learned about from participating in the Sparky Awards.” Each of the winning entries is available under a Creative Commons use license, which enables creators to easily mark their work with the freedoms they want it to carry and tells users what rights they have beyond those under copyright. “I’m so pleased to see the Sparky Awards take off this year,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. “The breadth and energy of the entries especially make clear that the YouTube generation understands the imperative for information sharing. Working with students on new media projects, as so many campuses are, is a perfect way to help them gain experience navigating copyright issues. I’d like to thank all of the libraries and faculty who made the 2008 contest their own, as well as our sponsors and judges who ensured its success.” Judges for the second annual Sparky Awards were: Nicole Allen, director of The Student PIRGs’ Make Textbooks Affordable campaign Peter Decherney, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Barbara DeFelice, Digital Resources Program Director at Dartmouth College Library Rick Johnson, SPARC’s founding Executive Director and now a consultant and senior advisor to SPARC Rich Jones, student and leader of the Boston University chapter of Students for Free Culture Jennifer McLennan, SPARC’s Communications Director Kembrew McLeod, an independent documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa Jessica Reynoso of Campus MovieFest Crit Stuart, Director of Research, Teaching & Learning at the Association of Research Libraries Anu Vedantham, Director of the Weigle Information Commons at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries Mike Wesch, a cultural anthropologist at Kansas State University whose videos on technology, education, and information have been viewed over ten million times. Developed by SPARC, the Sparky Awards is co-sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, Campus MovieFest, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Students for FreeCulture, and The Student PIRGs. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000 plus a Sparky Award statuette. The two Runners Up each receive $500. All the winners will receive a copy of “Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property,” a documentary film by Kembrew McLeod that looks at free speech and fair use. For more details on the contest, see the SPARKY Awards Web site at http://sparkyawards.org.

Sparky Awards join with Campus Moviefest

For immediate release October 2, 2008 For more information, contact: Jennifer McLennan SPARC (202) 296-2296 jennifer@arl.org SPARKY AWARDS LINK UP WITH CAMPUS MOVIEFEST; JUDGES PANEL TO INCLUDE NEW MEDIA LUMINARIES Washington, DC – October 2, 2008 – Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, is a new sponsor of the 2008 Sparky Awards, a contest that recognizes the best new short videos on the value of sharing information. The competition promotes discussion of free and open access to information by inviting students to consider the issues and creatively express their views. The 2008 contest theme is “MindMashup: The Value of Information Sharing.” As a sponsor, Campus MovieFest (CMF) will draw the attention of tens of thousands of student filmmakers to the Sparky Awards. The winner of the 2008 Sparky Awards will be screened at the CMF Southern Grand Finale in Spring 2009. SPARC has also announced that 2008 contest judges will include noted media experts: Michael Wesch, the anthropologist whose innovative video explaining Web 2.0 has been viewed more than seven million times on YouTube; Media scholar and filmmaker Kembrew McLeod, whose book and documentary film entitled Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property have received broad critical acclaim; and University of Pennsylvania cinema studies professor Peter Decherney, author of Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American and leader of the 2006 petition for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for media professors to use clips in teaching. The 2008 Sparky judges panel also includes: Nicole Allen, director of The Student PIRGs’ “Make Textbooks Affordable” campaign Barbara DeFelice, Digital Resources Program Director, Dartmouth College, representing ACRL Rick Johnson, SPARC’s founding Executive Director and senior advisor Rich Jones, leader of the Students for Free Culture Boston Chapter Jennifer McLennan, Director of Communications at SPARC Jessica Reynoso of Campus MovieFest Crit Stuart, Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning at ARL Anu Vedantham, Director of the Weigle Information Commons at Penn Libraries Originated in 2007 by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the annual Sparky Awards are co-sponsored by several national student and library organizations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Campus MovieFest, Penn Libraries at University of Pennsylvania, Students for Free Culture, and The Student PIRGs. Well-suited for adoption as a college or high school class assignment, the Sparky Awards invite contestants to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. The Winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 along with a Sparky Award statuette. Two Runners Up will each receive $500 plus a personalized award certificate. Submissions must be received by November 30, 2008. For more information or to enter the Sparky Awards, visit the contest Web site at www.sparkyawards.org.

New Library Acquisitions Include Harrison’s Reports and Records for 800+ Scripts

Check out the list of new film studies books and dvds acquired at Temple Libraries in March. Some highlights: The Paley reference collection is now home to Harrison’s Reports and Film Reviews. This 15 volume set reprints the film reviews and some editorials originally published by P.S. Harrison in Harrison’s reports, 1919-1962, with some corrections. Harrison’s reports was a weekly sent out to independent exhibitors. The reviews and editorials were directed toward independent theater owners to assist them with booking. Articles in Harrison’s take positions on a variety of the concerns of cinema distributors and exhibitors ranging from topics such as censorship to the advent of 3D. A large number of scripts now appear in the library catalog now that we’ve uploaded records for the scripts that are available in the full text online database American Film Scripts Online. There are currently 823 scripts in the database, ranging from 1903 to 2006.