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.
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?
“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. Meanwhile, the Library of Congress looks to the future and its upcoming unveiling of the “Library of Congress Experience.” Other articles cover the release of Hillary Clinton’s First Lady schedules, student to professor e-mails, efforts of the Internet Archive, and the remembrance of Joseph M. Levine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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