We start off this week’s “What We’re Reading,” with three newsworthy items: NARA’s recent “Founders Online” report, the appointment of a new director at the Institute for the Study of Europe, and recent bills in Congress on “orphan works.” Next we link to two book reviews, one in which Robert McHenry examines the term “whig history,” and another where Anne Applebaum showcases how mighty (and scathing) the pen can be. Then, we turn to the digital realm, linking to a PowerPoint presentation on “Web 2.0 for Archivists,” and then to a survey on the quality of digital texts. Finally, watch an interview with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s president Richard Moe, and check out Australian historian Ian Tyrrell’s new blog.
Digitization projects like Google Books are hot topics right now, but some sites have been scanning and displaying books for years. Case in point is the Feeding America site, a project of the Michigan State University Libraries, that has been up and running for nearly a decade.
University of Vermont sociologist James Loewen has created a web site where visitors can explore a controversial topic in American history: sundown towns.
The electronic monographs published by Columbia University Press in the Gutenberg-e Project are now available in an open-access form through the University’s Libraries, and are also being made available through ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB). By taking this new step, we will continue the project’s ongoing experiment with different forms of electronic publication, and also hope to demonstrate whether open-access publications will garner greater use and more citations from students and scholars.
The National Book Festival , organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, will be held this Saturday, September 29, 2007, in Washington, D.C.
Rare and out-of-print books from both Cornell University Library
and Emory University
are getting new life through print-on-demand services.
The Gutenberg-e program
recently published two new publications that demonstrate some of the unique new ways history scholarship can be presented online. The new monographs are:
Advocating The Man: Masculinity, Organized Labor, and the Household in New York, 1800-1840
by Joshua R. Greenberg and The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe
by Sarah Lowengard.
Is your office or home filled up with books and journals that you have been contemplating for some time, while wondering what you should do with them? This post suggests a number of organizations that will accept your book and journal donations.