In May of 1961, a 42-year-old Mandela gave his first-ever interview to ITN reporter Brian Widlake as part of a longer ITN Roving Report program about Apartheid. At that point, the police are already hunting for Mandela, but Widlake pulls some strings and arranges to meet him in his hideout.
The first book printed in what later became the United States of America is expected to set a world record at auction on Tuesday. The Bay Psalm Book is valued not only as an object of extreme rarity, but also as a symbol of a future nation’s identity.
Like other professions dominated by women, the figure of the librarian has longbeenfetishized. What is perhaps newer is a trend I’ve noticed in various camps of the humanities, what I’ll call a fetish of the archive. Whether because of the attention of theorists like Derrida and Halberstam
"…an archive is an institution, an archivist is a person with a job, archival holdings are the assets curated by the archive… can I just point out the absurdity of people who are incredibly fluent in Marxist discourses of labor and subjectivity being blithely indifferent to the fact that actual work is required to make archives work?"
"The aftermath of the past natural calamities (earthquakes, typhoons, floods) and unstable political situations that struck various parts of our country has left a number of our countrymen devastated and and desperate. I am sure that a good number of them are our colleagues in the profession, with a number of their libraries adversely affected as well. That is why I am calling upon my fellow librarians to help our unfortunate colleagues. This is a time to show them that we care and that we want to help them and their libraries rise again." ~Elizabeth R. Peralejo, President, Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. Read full statement. (November 13, 2014)
The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, one of the best-known in American history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg. Abraham Lincoln’s carefully crafted address, secondary to other presentations that day, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. In just over two minutes, Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union sundered by the secession crisis, with “a new birth of freedom,” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens. Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality.
What do you think about Google’s Cultural Institute project? Is it a good thing when cultural institutions partner with corporations if it increases access and exposure to cultural heritage, or are there risks?
The Digital Islamic Humanities Project is a research initiative hosted by the Middle East Studies program at Brown University. This site contains a working bibliography, useful resources, a frequently updated blog, and information about our upcoming conference on the Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies.
The conference website also features on-demand access to the presentations that took place October 24 and 25, 2013.
You can view the presentations from this conference on its gorgeous website. There are so many resources for further study.
“‘Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.’”—
That’s a quote from Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA, in reference to Mexicans learning English at the Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of the library system.
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“The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one’s devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life.”—Norman Cousins — Cited in ALA Bulletin, Oct. 1954 (via library-lessons)
The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10. It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who generally work under pseudonyms and habitually bicker with each other. It rarely tries new things in the hope of luring visitors; in fact, it has changed little in a decade. And yet every month 10 billion pages are viewed on the English version of Wikipedia alone. When a major news event takes place, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, complex, widely sourced entries spring up within hours and evolve by the minute. Because there is no other free information source like it, many online services rely on Wikipedia. Look something up on Google or ask Siri a question on your iPhone, and you’ll often get back tidbits of information pulled from the encyclopedia and delivered as straight-up facts.
Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the project’s flagship, the English-language Wikipedia—and must defend it against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation—has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking. Those participants left seem incapable of fixing the flaws that keep Wikipedia from becoming a high-quality encyclopedia by any standard, including the project’s own. Among the significant problems that aren’t getting resolved is the site’s skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain elusive. Of the 1,000 articles that the project’s own volunteers have tagged as forming the core of a good encyclopedia, most don’t earn even Wikipedia’s own middle-ranking quality scores.
The main source of those problems is not mysterious. The loose collective running the site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its coverage.
It’s disconcerting to read this. Everyone uses Wikipedia, but not everyone understands how to interpret or verify its articles or bias. I love the idea of Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons. There have been several focused on women’s history and involvement in the sciences lately. If you or your organization hosts one, let me know!
If you’re like me, there were bound to be some gaps or blind spots in your library school education. So I decided to start putting together a list of Open Access resources that are available and would be useful for other information professionals, but since lots of heads are better than one, I decided to open it up for other people to contribute!
The GoogleDoc I’ve created for the list is open for anyone to view or edit, so feel free to contribute any resources you find. My only request is that you make sure it’s legally available.
Anyway, you can find the document here and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone finds!