Let’s go! Explore, transcribe, and tag at crowd.loc.gov | The Signal

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 13:57
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What yet-unwritten stories lie within the pages of Clara Barton’s diaries, writings of Civil Rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell, or letters written to Abraham Lincoln? With today’s launch of crowd.loc.gov, the Library of Congress is harnessing the power of the public to make these collection items more accessible to everyone. You are invited to join the Library of Congress via crowd.loc.gov to volunteer to transcribe (type) and tag digitized images of text materials from the Library’s collections.

The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:21
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“The digital divide was about access to technology, and now that everyone has access, the new digital divide is limiting access to technology,” said Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired magazine.
From The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected - The New York Times

Antiquarian bookseller Ken Sanders on hunting down book thieves

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 09:03
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Book thief detective Ken Sanders tells us how he spent three years of his life hunting down a local book thief and organising the sting that led to his arrest. Sanders has been interested in books since his early years and runs a rare books store in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ancestry.com Is In Cahoots With Public Records Agencies, A Group Suspects

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/23/2018 - 07:57
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“State agencies generally have a preference for large corporations rather than individuals because there’s always a revolving door between state agencies and corporations that are in the same area,” Oliver speculated, though he said it’s unclear why any preferential treatment to Ancestry might have been given. This is not the first time Reclaim the Records has sued a state or local government over rejecting a FOIL request, although its legal strategy for compelling states to give over records for genealogy research is new.

Cantor, Stanford Libraries make Warhol photography archives publicly available

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 20:22
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Now available through the Stanford Libraries’ SearchWorks catalog, Spotlight gallery, and the Cantor’s website, this archive – of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images – provides a unique ability to view the world through the lens of Warhol’s 35mm camera, which he took with him everywhere he went during the last decade of his life. The collection, which is the most complete collection of the artist’s black-and-white photography ever made available to the public was acquired by the Cantor from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.

Why Doesn’t Ancient Fiction Talk About Feelings?

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 08:00
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Perhaps people living in medieval societies were less preoccupied with the intricacies of other minds, simply because they didn’t have to be. When people’s choices were constrained and their actions could be predicted based on their social roles, there was less reason to be attuned to the mental states of others (or one’s own, for that matter).

The Library of Congress Launches the National Screening Room, Putting Online Hundreds of Historic Films

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:50
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The Library of Congress just cut the ribbon on the National Screening Room, an online trove of cinematic goodies, free for the streaming. Given that the collection spans more than 100 years of cinema history, from 1890-1999, not all of the featured films are in the public domain, but most are, and those are free to download as well as watch. Archivist Mike Mashon, who heads the Library’s Moving Image Section, identifies the project’s goal as providing the public with a “broad range of historical and cultural audio-visual materials that will enrich education, scholarship and lifel

Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:50
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The effects were most marked when it came to literacy. Growing up with few books in the home resulted in below average literacy levels. Being surrounded by 80 books boosted the levels to average, and literacy continued to improve until libraries reached about 350 books, at which point the literacy rates leveled off.

12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:31
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For most readers and writers — and book lovers in general — the library holds a special place of honor and respect. We asked several authors to tell us about their local public library or to share a memory of a library from their past.
From 12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love - The New York Times