Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Video and media coverage of Saturday’s Quran reading

Posted on my ALA listserv:

Video and media coverage of Saturday’s Quran reading

Posted on September 15th, 2010 by Jonathan Kelley

On Saturday, September 11, ALA staged a reading from the Quran, in response to the high-profile threat to burn the book by a Florida pastor. The event demonstrated the library community’s commitment to intellectual freedom and belief that spreading knowledge and information is the best counterpoint to efforts to destroy or restrict access to it.

In 10 days, Banned Books Week starts. ALA will kick off this annual celebration of the freedom to read with a Read-Out! of the most frequently banned and challenged books of 2009. We hope those in Chicago will join us Saturday, Sept. 25 from noon-2:00 in historic Bughouse Square (901 N. Clark). Others around the country should check our website for events in your area.

We are pleased to share the video and media coverage of the Quran reading


ALA press release

Associated Press: Library Group Holds Reading Of Quran In Chicago

Chicago Tribune: Library group hosts Quran reading

WGN: Local Groups Battle Anti-Islam Sentiment

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mashups for History

Lauren Pressley, one of my favorite library blog writers, had a post on archive mashups.  As someone who went to library school to work with local history, genealogy and archives, I adored the link she gave, which is called Ghosts of World War IIs Past.  Go visit this link... do not pass go... do not read further... just go view the images.

I have learned that I enjoy working with Web 2.0 and I am excited to see ways to use it in an archival setting.  History will become much more interesting and understandable by using methods such as this.  Imagine have augmented reality, where you are taking a walking tour and are able to view images such as this on your smart phone as part of your tour?  Or if you are at a historical society and have photographs such as those shown in exhibits, making you see how you and where you live is a part of history?

Some other photographs of interest:

Do you have any other recommendations?  Please let me in the comments.  I look forward to using this technology in the future in an internship or job.

Monday, September 6, 2010

BECPL Hispanic Heritage Subject Guide

Labor Day: What My Ancestors Did

I think a lot of beginning genealogists start their hunt with a hope of finding out they were related to Charlemagne or Cleopatra or some wealthy king who left money and a title that they are now entitled too.  I had always heard growing up that somewhere in Italy, I had an ancestor who was a cavalier.  While being related to a knight would be cool, I have much more in common with the ancestors I have found in relation to their occupation, than I would with a night in shining armor.

My English and German ancestors were farmers, laborers, and gardeners.  They worked each day, often for people wealthier than they were, in the fields or stables, taking care of plants and animals.  Each successive generation kept the same position until they moved to America.  In America, I had ancestors work on the railroad, as coopers, as construction workers, as homemakers, work on the Erie Canal, own and run bars and corner stores and hold office jobs for companies such as Sacony Mobil and New York Telephone.

I have found I like these working class ancestors better than I would have liked rich merchants or royalty.  It is much easier to see and understand my ancestors as real people, people who worked, provided for their family, live like I do now, rather than as people who sat around having servants and watching their piles of gold grow.  Happy Labor Day to the working class of yesterday, today and tomorrow!  Thank you for being the drive that makes the world run!

What did your ancestors do?  Do you wish to find royalty on your family tree?  Do you find your working-class relatives as fascinating as I do?  To find out what other geneabloggers ancestors did, check out this post.

MSLIS Monday: Where have all the group projects gone?

I could tell I have become a true MSLIS student when I received my syllabus for my anthropology class in life histories and personal narratives and my second thought (after "wow ,this class is going to be AMAZING!") was "where are all the group projects?"

Every class I have taken for my master's degree, both in the US and Germany, is filled with group projects.  Whether pairs or groups of 10, I have come to expect and even enjoy the group project.  I have had my share of bad groups, such as the girl who told the rest of us that she wasn't going to help because she was busy with one of her other classes and didn't care much, nor had time for, this project (grrr...).  However, I have also had some awesome groups (shout-out to my 605 Charles Ammi Cutter Group!)  Even in the bad groups, you tend to find another person who has interest and works hard.  I also get to use my leadership skills (aka I organize the group and make sure everything gets done on time and is of graduate quality), make new friends and practice the skill of team-work, which is tremendously important in the real world.

But, my anthropology class only has solo work.  I am excited for many of the projects, such as interviewing someone and writing up a narrative of their life, but I will miss getting to know my fellow students in a way only a group member can.  I will use this class to practice writing on a professional, possibly even publishable, level and on networking before and after class with my fellow students.  The class contains under-grads, grads and even a post-doc, of which I am the only LIS student, so it will really expand the people I know at both SU and ESF (students from ESF are able to take SU classes and vise-versa).

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!  Why should you get a library card?  ALA gives you 52 reasons to use one here.  My favorites are "Trace your family tree" and "Check out a special collection of rare books."  I would also add that you can research an upcoming trip or check out books for armchair travel, save money by borrowing books, DVDs and CDs and read magazines, rather than buying or subscribing to them or go to a game night.  I can guarantee there is something for everyone at the library.  If you haven't been there in a while, why not go back and see what's new?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Wedding of Albert Nuwer and Edna Roll

[caption id="attachment_533" align="alignnone" width="235" caption="My great-grandparents, Albert Nuwer and Edna Roll, married 22 June 1932 in Alden, Erie, NY"]Al Nuwer and Edna Roll Wedding[/caption]

Back to Basic: July

July went quick! GRIP  went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in Documentation and then continued my citation work with my ProGen a...