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.
It’s that time of year again, a time for hot dogs and home runs. That’s right, we’re talking about baseball season. And while you may be looking forward to all the upcoming games, do you ever wonder about baseball’s past?
The Library of Congress bets you do, and has created a page of “Historic Baseball Resources” on its site. There you’ll find baseball collections (of cards, sheet music, guides, and more), images, and audio/video. View Thomas Edison’s 1898 film of a baseball game, kept on the American Memory site.
“Stop fidgeting” is just one piece of advice in Linda Kerber’s recent Chronicle Careers article, our first link in this week’s edition of “What We’re Reading.” The article is about giving better conference presentations. We also link to Scott McLemee of Inside Higher Ed, who is perplexed by a recent Harvard University Press publication. And speaking of print, Eric Alterman of the New Yorker writes an obit for American newspapers. At the Association of College and Research Libraries blog, Brett Bonfield looks for histories of the library community’s past, and is disappointed by what he finds.
It’s been all about the Archives Wiki this week, with a post on Tuesday and an announcement in the February issue of Perspectives on History, recently placed online. So it seems only fitting to start off this week’s “What We’re Reading” with reactions to the Archives Wiki from around the blogosphere. Following that we’re reading about challenging history, navigating the Library of Congress, catching up with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and finally taking a closer look at open access.
Reactions to the AHA Archives Wiki
- A Wiki About Archives, But Not Created by Archivists
Kate Theimer at ArchivesNext offers her critique and reservations about different elements of the new AHA Archives Wiki.
Last week’s “What We’re Reading” noted the presence of the Library of Congress’s holdings on Flickr. This week, the ArchivesNext blog shows what else can be found at the photo sharing site, and in another post announces their first annual “Archives on the Web awards.” Read on to find articles on plagiarism, overproducing PhDs, and professional issues (including travel woes and peer review). Finally, read one historian’s cautionary tale of Google search results.
Following last week’s news of the Library of Congress on Flickr, the ArchivesNext blog reports a new Flickr group for “archives, special collections, and libraries posting images of objects from their collections.” So far the initial 12 members of the group (including, to name a few, the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Iowa State University Special Collections, and the Independence Seaport Museum) have uploaded over 500 photos.
- It’s awards season, and ArchivesNext is jumping on the bandwagon!
A new project between the Library of Congress and the photo-sharing site Flickr has created quite a buzz online, and therefore begins this week’s “What We’re Reading.” Also noted are two articles from the Washington Post, news from the Chronicle on disputed Iraqi archives, and an “unconference” announcement. And finally, just for fun, read about how Stephen Colbert has badgered the Smithsonian into displaying his portrait.
- My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven
The Library of Congress is embracing Web 2.0 by collaborating with the photo sharing site Flickr to post 3,000 copyright-free images “from two of [their] most popular collections” online. The project was announced on both the LOC’s blog and the Flickr blog, which is of course fitting in the world of Web 2.0.
This week we note two newsworthy articles: protests over a talk by Holocaust denier David Irving, and historians (including two past AHA presidents) endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. From “First Monday” we find professor Richard Cox discussing the effects of new technologies on archives. And finally, what makes a good historical novel? Watch a webcast from the Library of Congress with historical fiction writer David L. Robbins.
- Protesters Delay but Fail to Derail Holocaust Denier’s Appearance
The Chronicle’s News Blog recounts the controversy and protests over David Irving, a British historian and convicted Holocaust denier, who spoke at the Oxford Union this past Monday, November 26th.
In this week’s “What We’re Reading” you’ll find news from Capitol Hill, including the new “National Veterans History Project Week,” and the National Coalition for History’s coverage of bills, NARA, and more. Also in this issue, historian Patty Limerick looks at the resurgence of Westerns at the movie theater; former Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham starts a new history magazine; and author Christine L. Borgman talks about her book Scholarship in the Digital Age.
- House Passes Bipartisan Resolution to Establish "National Veterans History Project Week"
From Library of Congress, a press release that details House Resolution 770, “a bipartisan resolution designating the week of November 11 through November 17, 2007 as ‘National Veterans History Project Week.’” Check out the press release for more information on the Veterans History Project, and what this resolution calls the public to do.