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University of Washington children’s literature bibliographies

Recently came across some terrific children’s literature bibliographies compiled by Kathleen Collins, the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Specialist at the University of Washington. (Aside: What a cool job!) They appear to have been created in conjunction with exhibits within the UW libraries.

They’re all great resources. I plan to seek out the wordless books I haven’t read in the Ann Arbor District Library’s catalog. Hope they’re useful for you too.


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Are you reading RUSA’s Chasing Reference?

I want to highlight an excellent blog sponsored by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Chasing Reference originated as a 2012 Emerging Leaders project and is written by Emily Hamstra (University of Michigan), Sarah Elichko (Swarthmore College), Amy Barlow (Quinebaug Valley Community College), Heather Beverly (Cook (IL) Memorial Public Library District), and Carrie Dunham-LaGree (Drake University). Recent entries have covered freshman library orientation, using Pinterest in libraries, and resources about the Olympics. Each month the contributors share what they’ve been reading. It’s a great resource and I recommend it for anyone in a public service role, particularly within an academic library.

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Oh, and I’m also presenting at ALA Annual

On Friday I told you about the poster I’ll be presenting at ALA Annual this year. But wait, there’s more! I, along with the fabulous Krystal Thomas, am presenting a Conversation Starter on Monday, June 25, from 9:15 – 10:00 AM. Details below. Hope to see you there.

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Come visit me and my poster at Annual!

I’ll be presenting a poster at ALA Annual this year about the digital encyclopedia my workplace is launching this Fall. If you’re attending the conference, I’d love it if you stopped by to say hello.

My session is from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday, June 23rd.


Nothing to Sneeze at: Lessons Learned While Creating an Interdisciplinary Digital Repository about the 1918 American Influenza Epidemic

In fall 2012, the University of Michigan’s Center for the History of Medicine (CHM) will launch an open access digital collection of archival and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in the United States. The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia (AIE) will document the experiences of fifty communities when influenza ravaged the country and took an estimated 675,000 lives. The project, awarded a prestigious “We the People” designation by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), collocates 50,000 pages of archival materials gathered by the CHM staff at 140 national institutions during a multi-year federally funded historical study. This poster outlines the major challenges faced, including: curating and digitizing a collection of primary sources already rendered as surrogates (photocopies, microfilm), securing permissions at the national level, keywording the diverse but narrowly focused materials, collaborating with an interdepartmental team, and designing a method of user testing. Solutions and strategies put in place to meet these challenges will also be discussed. The poster features AIE screenshots, archival images, and charts.

Keywords: digital humanities, digital encyclopedia, digital library, medical history, special collections, academic libraries, websites, interdisciplinary collaboration

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Even if it is rocket science… Ask A Librarian (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

(Credit: William Cronon and University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries)

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Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children’s Books and Graphic Arts (University of Chicago)

Stumbled across a really neat exhibit currently up at the University of Chicago’s Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, through the end of the year (December 30th). If you’re in the area, I suggest you take a look! Press release, take it away!

Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children’s Books and Graphic Arts
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois
August 22, 2011—December 30, 2011
Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.­-4:45 p.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. when University of Chicago classes are in session.

The Soviet Union was a world in pictures. Its creation in the wake of the Russian revolutions of February­–March and October–November 1917 was facilitated by a vibrant image culture based largely on new media technologies. Its periodic re-makings ­– during Stalin’s Great Leap Forward (1928–1932), World War II (1941–1945, the Thaw (1956–1964), Perestroika (1987­–1991) – were all accompanied by new media revolutions.

Two of the most striking manifestations of Soviet image culture were the children’s book and the poster. Both of these forms testify to the alliance between experimental aesthetics and radical socialist ideology that held tenuously from the 1917 revolutions to the mid-1930s—and did so much to shape a distinctly Soviet civilization. The children’s books and posters in “Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary plot the development of this new image culture alongside the formation of new social and cultural identities, from the beginning of Stalin’s Great Breakthrough in 1928 to the reconstruction and regrouping that followed World War II.

“Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary,” drawn entirely from the collections of the University of Chicago Library, was created by the collaborative efforts of eight graduate students, one former undergraduate and two faculty members at the University of Chicago. Led by Professor Robert Bird, the participants, representing a range of academic disciplines, from history to art history and Russian literature discuss topics such as “The Collective,” “The Individual,” “Transportation,” “Do It Yourself,” and “Military Preparedness,” and individuals including Aleksandr Deineka and Vladimir Mayakovsky.

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Writing History in the Digital Age is live!

Today is the official launch of Writing History in the Digital Age, a born-digital edited volume, under contract with the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities Series of its digitalculturebooks imprint. I contributed an article about the project to which I’ve devoted the past two years of my working life (otherwise known as The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia). It’s an interesting collection of essays. Hope you enjoy!

From the editors:

An Invitation to our Open Review

We invite all readers to comment on our born-digital edited volume, Writing History in the Digital Age, an open-access collection of thirty essays under contract with the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities Series of its digitalculturebooks imprint. Learn more at:


Join us online as we discuss, debate, and demonstrate how historical writing is being reshaped by a range of digital tools and techniques: crowdsourcing, relational databases, text encoding, spatial analysis, visual media, gaming simulations, and online collaborations.

During the open review period (now through November 14th), we welcome feedback from the public as well as from expert reviewers appointed by the Press. In the interest of openness, all commenters must use their full names. Pending the final selection of essays, author revisions, and approval by the Press, the volume will be published in print-on-demand and freely-accessible digital versions.

–Co-editors Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki 

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