What We’re Reading: February 14, 2014

Today’s What We’re Reading features the centenary of the beginning of World War I, a 1762 recipe for rabbit pie, a cross-discipline placement study on PhD employment, what librarians really look like, and more!

First World War Centenary

WW1

The Washington Post had two interesting articles about commemoration of World War I, the first about an art historian who is cataloging all the war memorials in the US, the other about political disputes over how to commemorate the war in Britain.

10 Interpretations of Who Started WWI

Historians give their opinion on which country was the most responsible for the conflict.

History in the News

Adventures in the Archives: Julia Heller’s “Boy Friends Book”

Co-founder of the excellent Nursing Clio blog Carolyn Herbst Lewis on the historical value of a very personal document that she “stumbled upon” in a digital archive.

California’s Two Droughts

Victor Davis Hanson has a particular take on historical context of the current drought in California in the National Review Online.

Innkeeper’s Bill, 1762

Some interesting food history documents—a recipe for a rabbit pie and an innkeeper’s bill from the 18th century—in a short piece by The Old Foodie.

News in Higher Education

Where They Are Now

The Chronicle published a placement study on PhD employment across 16 graduate programs at Penn State.

Ingrid

Ingrid Abrams, a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library in New York. Photo Credit: Kyle Cassidy.

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like

Photographer Kyle Cassidy visited the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and set up a makeshift photography studio, asking librarians to sit for portraits.

DPLA Tumblr

The Digital Public Library (DPLA) just launched a Tumblr, focusing on images and stories from the institution’s partners and friends.

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