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Latin American and Iberian Studies Collection Development in the Age of Blogging: Identifying, Collecting and Preserving Literary Blogs and Other Cyberliterature.

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1 Latin American and Iberian Studies Collection Development in the Age of Blogging: Identifying, Collecting and Preserving Literary Blogs and Other Cyberliterature Melissa Gasparotto Librarian for African and Latin American Studies Rutgers University Libraries

2 Who is blogging in the Hispanic world? The average Spanish-language blogger is a male between the ages of 25 and 34, and he is most likely to live in Spain, Argentina or Mexico –52% of Spanish-language bloggers are from Spain In the United States, 20% of all bloggers are English-speaking Hispanics. –This 20% participation in blogosphere is particularly notable give the fact that Hispanics represent only 15% of the US population

3 Rutgers University Libraries What are they blogging about? Informe sobre el estado de la blogosfera hispana Bitacoras.com 2010

4 Rutgers University Libraries And why should this matter to librarians? Bloggers are citing resources we have in the library: Medios más enlazados desde los blogs Our users are reading blogs, and they turn to blogs for a wide variety of information: Términos de búsqueda -- Bitacoras.com Blogs, no matter what their thematic content, are the new ephemera and grey literature, and will prove indispensable as primary and secondary sources for future scholars.

5 Rutgers University Libraries Literary Blogs and Other Cyberliterature Serialized fiction: La blogonovela Microfiction/Flashfiction Collaborative literary projects utilizing comment threads Hypernovel Wikinovel E-poetics Literatura Electrónica Hispánica Portal from Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes

6 Rutgers University Libraries The need for preservation According to the III Encuesta a Bloggers Hispanos, a full 72% of bloggers use free web hosting. Which is exactly as frightening as it sounds...

7 Rutgers University Libraries But What About Internet Archive? In my own informal survey of the top blogs on the cultural list on Bitacoras.com, the bulk had never been captured by Internet Archive, or hadn't been captured since 2008!!!

8 Rutgers University Libraries How does one go about selecting blogs to preserve? Blog ranking sites such as Bitacoras.com Visible collections of blogs, such as Boomeran(g) References and linkrolls on sites that are already known Must be a continually updated project, since literature appears and disappears so quickly

9 Rutgers University Libraries Existing Blog Harvesting and Preservation Projects Human Rights Web Archive, from the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research at Columbia University http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/humanrights/hrwa/index.html Mellon-funded project to preserve freely available human rights material on the web, primarily produced by NGOs, individuals and governmental initiatives Uses Archive-It Snapshots taken periodically Does not capture outgoing links

10 Rutgers University Libraries National Digital Information Infrastructure & Preservation Program: A Collaborative Initiative of the Library of Congress Web Archiving Section, Library of Congress http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ –Thematic pilot projects –Harvested by Internet Archive –Collection-level MARC record added to LC Catalog and WorldCat –Technical Background and Guidelines: http://www.loc.gov/webarchiving/technical.html http://www.loc.gov/webarchiving/technical.html –Part of International Internet Preservation Consortium http://netpreserve.org/about/index.php http://netpreserve.org/about/index.php

11 Rutgers University Libraries LC Web Preservation, cont. Pilot project for blog preservation Legal Blawgs Project "A selective collection of authoritative blogs associated with American Bar Association approved law schools, research institutes, think tanks, and other expertise-based organizations, containing journal-style entries, articles and essays, discussions, and comments on emerging legal issues, national and international." Collection dates: March 2007 -2009 –Legal Blawgs Web ArchiveLegal Blawgs Web Archive

12 Rutgers University Libraries Existing Services for Archiving Blog Content Archive-IT –http://www.archive-it.orghttp://www.archive-it.org California Digital Library Web Archiving Service –http://webarchives.cdlib.org/washttp://webarchives.cdlib.org/was Web Curator Tool –http://webcurator.sourceforge.net/http://webcurator.sourceforge.net/ –Open source project

13 Rutgers University Libraries Sources State of the Hispanic Blogosphere (2009) http://bitacoras.com/informe/09/en http://bitacoras.com/informe/09/en Profile of bloggers in Spain (2007) http://www.merodeando.com/archivos/Blogosfera_abr07.pdf http://www.merodeando.com/archivos/Blogosfera_abr07.pdf III Encuesta a Bloggers hispanos (2006) http://www.dialogosfelafacs.net/76/articulos/pdf/76GarridoLar a.pdf http://www.dialogosfelafacs.net/76/articulos/pdf/76GarridoLar a.pdf " Informe sobre el estado de la blogosfera hispana Bitacoras.com" (2010) http://bitacoras.com/informe/10 http://bitacoras.com/informe/10


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