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Back to the future: Jefferson’s 1815 Library records and Preservation of 21st Century State Digital Information

Thanks James! And greetings to FGI readers! A couple of recent posts piqued my interest over the last few days —

The first is from the wonderful community of booklovers at the LibraryThing about Thomas Jefferson: a fascinating exercise in "social bibliographic control."  

The second is an announcement from the institution that owes much to Jefferson’s library, the Library of Congress, and its news release that describes its efforts to preserve state government information — Digital Preservation Program Adds New Partners To Preserve State Government Digital Information. Just another indication that the best preservation efforts are often multi-institutional.

Finally, not to leave the civil rights stones unturned, here is an article that describes the legal troubles over border inspectors asking folks coming into the United States to turn on their laptops and show the officials what is on the hard drive. Setting Boundaries at Borders: Reconciling Laptop Searches and Privacy.

Looking forward to much discussion and reading, and thanks for the opportunity to join the conversation.