In the news this week, the Higher Education Act reauthorization bill (H.R. 4137) made it through Congress with contributions from both sides of the political spectrum. Also, the death of Nobel Prize winning author and historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn has sparked many remembrances, we point to a few. The Library of Congress has posted a webcast of Dane Kennedy’s lecture at the recent Decolonization seminar put on by the National History Center. The LOC also grabbed our attention with a webcast on “How the States Got Their Shapes” and National Book Festival podcasts available through iTunes. Also, follow links to Brett Bobley’s look at the digital humanities, news of the reopening of the National Museum of American History, the Britannica Blog’s week in preview, a collection of satirical WWI maps, and a showcase of Olympic torches over time.
Recently, the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and First Lady Laura Bush announced the eighth annual National Book Festival, to be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2008. Nearly 70 authors will be on hand to talk to audiences, answer questions, and sign books...
Teachers looking for lesson plans for grades 4-12 will want to visit the Educational Resources page on myLOC.gov. Here, they will find lesson plans and online activities featuring historical materials from the library’s collection.
Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums is a publication (available online as a PDF) that was created by the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center. It lists 1,725 grants of $5,000 or more...
A significant underlying problem in the recent controversy over the European Reading Room is the declining numbers of researchers in the Library of Congress reading rooms. Staff at the library could not provide me with specific numbers, but they did confirm my anecdotal impression (as someone who has used the library regularly over the past 23 years) that there has been a sharp decline in the number of people using their resources on site. So if researchers are not at the library, where are they?
The Library of Congress’s Wise Guide is a flashy web portal meant to introduce visitors to what the LOC has to offer online. Each month the site highlights about half a dozen online features, presenting a brief article and related links for each.
Among the recently announced 2008 Pulitzer Prize winners are two historians. We start off this post by recognizing them and linking to their award winning works. In other news, the Library of Congress posted a press release last week about the relocation of their European Reading Room, in response to a flurry of protests from academics. From the Chronicle’s
Footnoted blog comes an article on the issue of anonymity in the academic blogosphere. And we round out this post with a number of web/tech features, including a Making History podcast, a look back on past technology with Manan Ahmed, a series on digital humanities projects at ClioWeb, Boston Library on Flickr, and new digitized newspapers at the LOC’s Chronicling America site.
As always, historians have covered a range of topics in the blogosphere in the past week. We link to historians discussing general education requirements, the OAH convention, and even April Fools Day. Also, many historians are up in arms over the possible closing or relocation of the Library of Congress’s European Reading Room. On the lighter side, have you been watching John Adams on HBO? Separate fact from fiction with an article from Jeremy Stern. Finally, read about the University of Florida’s digitization project, state education reform tables, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.’s personal library, and more.