Last month in a “What We’re Reading” post, we mentioned the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Today, we take a closer look at what videos they have to offer.
The National Archives’ YouTube channel is broken down into “playlists” or categories, which each hold dozens of videos related to a topic. While the majority of videos are documentary footage, you’ll also find educational videos about archives, cartoons, lectures, interviews, and public programs.
Here are links to all of the National Archives playlists.
In the news this week, AHA member Douglas Greenberg receives a top honor from Phi Beta Kappa, David Ferriero is questioned at his confirmation hearing to become Archivist of the United States, and history professor Merrill D. Peterson passes away at age 88. We also link to a study of Google Scholar by Library Journal, and take a look at The Historical Society blog. Then read two articles on archiving papers (those of Supreme Court Justices and historians). Finally, watch videos and lectures on the new Anne Frank YouTube channel and the Forum Network.
When we mentioned YouTube EDU briefly on AHA Today, in the April 2, 2009 edition of What We’re Reading, we thought it seemed like a promising resource. In this post we take a closer look to see what all the site has to offer.
YouTube created this EDU section to make the 100-plus college-affiliated channels easier to find (and to separate them from the sillier videos on the site). It’s like one-stop shopping for lectures, interviews, and other educational videos.
What 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.
The wide-open space featured on the cover of the May 2008 issue of Perspectives on History is the Washita Battlefield in Oklahoma. This National Historic Site is the topic of a public history article on interpretive programs in the National Park Service. Other articles in this diverse issue cover film, technology, teaching, and more.
Hear from Teofilo Ruiz, vice president of the AHA’s Research Division, on the importance of “Supporting Scholars Early in Their Careers.” Then read executive director Arnita Jones’s article, which takes on a broader range of scholars in “The Life Cycle of the AHA Member.” And K-12 teachers are included as well, in Brad Austin’s “K-12 Teaching: Why Should We Care?”
Robert Townsend offers two items for the News Column: a report on rising admissions and high attrition in history doctoral programs, and the 2007 history salary report.
Whether it’s the recent report about the future of the AHA or reoccurring issues at the Job Register, you can be sure there will be reactions and opinions on the blogosphere about it. We start off this week’s “What We’re Reading,” by linking to Jeremy Young at Progressive Historians and Sterling Fluharty at PhdinHistory for their takes (and requests for opinions) on the AHA. Also in this post we cover this year’s college grads and their job prospects, professional histories and history by professionals, teaching with YouTube, and grants for improved student learning.
The University of California at Berkeley has been sharing webcasts of course lectures at their webcast.berkeley site since 2001. While these courses have always been available to both Berkeley students and the public alike, the university is reaching an even larger audience with the launch of their new UC Berkeley YouTube site. At the new site you’ll find over 200 videos separated into the nine courses (or playlists as they’re called on the site). The two courses with the most content, 55 videos between them, are the fall and spring sessions of Berkeley’s “Introduction to Nonviolence.” The class is described as “an introduction to the science of nonviolence…[and a] historical overview of nonviolence East and the West up to the American Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.” Check out all the courses and their available videos here.