The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

Scalar featured at the ACRL

Scalar and the ANVC were featured in an invited talk at the ACRL‘s annual meeting in Philadelphia in April, 2011.  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals.

Loyer, Dietrich + Anderson present at CNI

Steve Anderson, Craig Dietrich + Erik Loyer presented Scalar at an invited session at the annual meeting of the Coalition of Networked Information.   The workshop was entitled Realizing Scalar Capacities to Transform Media Archive Scholarship.”

Tara McPherson presents at National Humanities Alliance

On March 7th, Tara McPherson presented a plenary lecture describing the work of ANVC and the platform Scalar at the annual meeting of the National Humanities Alliance.  Founded in 1981, the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. NHA is supported by nearly one hundred national, state and local member organizations and institutions, including: scholarly and professional associations; higher education associations; organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies and state humanities councils; university-based and independent humanities research centers; and colleges and universities.

The annual meeting is followed each year by a day of advocacy work on the Hill.

Library of Congress selects LFYT for preservation

We are pleased to announce that the Library of Congress has selected the first publication of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture for inclusion in their historic collection of Internet materials.  The born-digital ‘video-book,’ Learning from YouTube, by Alex Juhasz with design by Craig Dietrich, was published on February 7th, 2011 by MIT Press.

As reported on the LOC website, the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives in 2004 created a Web Archiving team to support the goal of managing and sustaining born digital content. The team is charged with building a Library-wide understanding and technical infrastructure for capturing Web content. The team, in collaboration with a variety of Library staff, and national and international partners, is identifying policy issues, establishing best practices and building tools to collect and preserve Web content.  We are delighted that LFYT will be included in this important initiative.

Chronicle Features LFYT, Alliance + Scalar

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a story online today (and forthcoming in the print edition later this week) featuring Alex Juhasz’ Learning from YouTube, the Alliance and Scalar.  Marc Parry writes that Scalar and the Alliance are “part of a growing national effort by scholars, archives, and academic presses to support multimedia scholarship.”  LFYT was created by Juhasz + designer Craig Dietrich as a prototype of the multimedia authoring platform Scalar.  It is the first publication released with support of the Alliance.

Scalar article launched in IJLM

We’re excited to announce the publication of the next issue of the International Journal of Media + Learning (MIT Press), which features a “Knowing + Doing” article that uses the current version of the Scalar platform.  Written by Virginia Kuhn, “Filmic Texts and the Rise of the Fifth Estate” describes an Institute for Multimedia Literacy course that incorporated a film as the primary “textbook.”

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The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture was created with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.