What We’re Reading: April 2, 2009 Edition

YouTube EDUWhat We’re Reading this week is organized into three categories. First up is digitization, with articles on the digitization of scholarly journals, public domain books, and Spanish-language songs, as well as a list of digital archives online. This is followed by a small collection of online video resources. In the news category learn about recently presented grants and awards, a newly released newsletter, discoveries from the 1800s, and just for fun a roundup of some April Fools’ Day shenanigans. Finally, we wrap up with a couple of links to more remembrances of John Hope Franklin.

Digitization

  • The Fate of the Humanities Article
    Stan Katz’s thoughtful post on the Chronicle’s Brainstorm blog considers the shift to digitization of scholarly journals, and is drawing a bit of a discussion from other scholars. Katz argues that, for the most part, the transition to digital is a net plus.
  • The Bodleian’s treasures, available to all
    The Google Book Search blog announces that, in partnership with the Oxford University Library, they have digitized “many hundreds of thousands of public domain books from the Bodleian and other Oxford libraries, representing the bulk of their available public domain content.” Hat tip.
  • Archive Watch: Rare Spanish Songs Go Online
    The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog calls attention to a new online archive of Spanish-language songs.
  • Digital Librarian
    “A librarian’s choice of the best of the Web.” Margaret Vail Anderson has thematically organized historic websites with digital archives (primary sources, photographs, etc), collaborative projects, and museum directories, to name but a few.

Online Video Resources

News

John Hope Franklin
Last week we noted the death of renowned historian John Hope Franklin, and linked to a number of his works, interviews, and articles on his life. Below read more about Franklin’s extraordinary life and career.

  • John Hope Franklin, RIP
    Stan Katz, at the Chronicle’s Brainstorm blog, remembers John Hope Franklin.
  • John Hope Franklin with his son, John W. Franklin
    Listen to John Hope Franklin sharing with his son a brief story about racial prejudice in the 1920s. This revealing snippet of audio is made possible through an initiative of StoryCorps, an organization that collects recordings of stories submitted by “everyday people” from around the country.

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

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  1. History buff

    Thanks for this list for Spring 2009 – especially appreciated your reference to the work Margaret Vail Anderson is doing.

    As we move forward the increased digitization of everything means historical resources like this become more or less essential to all historians whether student or master alike.

    Thanks again.

    Dave

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