Friday, October 31, 2014

Clarke Halloween postcards of the 1900-1911 era

classic witch, moon, bat, clack cat, scary woods
Jack o'lantern hot air balloon- not a current topic of Halloween cards today, circa 1911
classic witch, black cat, jack o'lanterns and children (not in costume) bobbing for apples
scary Beware Halloween greetings with scarecrow, jack o'lantern head, black cat
Enjoy. Happy Halloween. These are from our special occasions cards and postcards in our Display Items collection.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Large Alamo collection

Singer Phil Collins who is now in his 60s has just donated his large collection of objects relating to the Alamo to a Texas museum. A new building will be built near the Alamo to house them. It includes some rare authenticated items, including some items of Daniel Boone's. Collins became interested in the topic at age 5 and has collected until now. How cool! Read more about it here

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Graduate history conf call for papers

Power, Land, and People: To Possess and Dispossess
The Sixth Annual Graduate Conference
Hosted by the Graduate History Society at the University of Rochester
Saturday, February 28, 2014
Call for Papers                                                     
We seek papers that explore the ways in which power, land, and people have been possessed and dispossessed across time and space. Our call includes all areas of historical specialization including, but not limited to, topics in ancient history, medieval, the Atlantic world, European, American, Latin American, women and gender studies, religion and classical studies, African-American studies and subaltern groups. Proposals from interdisciplinary fields are also encouraged.
We welcome papers that address the theme from all disciplines and especially invite those that deal with possession and dispossession in indigenous and settler-colonial relations; slavery and freedom; economic theories and/or critiques of capitalism; histories of religion and spiritualism; land possession and resource usage; biography; and papers that focus on subaltern studies of inclusion and exclusion.
Questions for consideration include: Is there individual autonomy within narratives of possession and dispossession? How have human societies recovered and reconstructed histories of possession and dispossession to suit national and political agendas? How do responses to forms of possession and dispossession vary across international boundaries, class lines, gender and ethnicity differences and geographical regions?
Upstate New York offers itself as an ideal site of inquiry for those who seek to understand what it means to possess and dispossess. We hope to draw on our region's history as the homeland of the Seneca, as a wellspring of movements for antislavery, abolition, spiritualism, and woman's rights in the nineteenth century, and as a seat of penal, environmental, and political reformulation through the twentieth century. To this end we intend to dedicate one panel at this year's conference to the study of New York and/or Great Lakes region. 
Deadline for Submissions: November 26, 2014         
Submission Guidelines: Please submit a proposal abstract of no more than 250 words
Direct any questions to

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Want to to grad school? U Ill is asking for students

The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the iSchool at Illinois, is actively recruiting high quality doctoral students who want to design, develop, and evaluate informatics solutions to the grand challenges of the twenty-first century. Admitted candidates typically receive up to 4 years of funding in the form of research, teaching and service assistantships, including tuition waivers and stipends.

Massive changes in how large collections of data are created, disseminated, analyzed, and used have increased the role that information plays in industry, science, scholarship, government, and our everyday lives. The flexible program ensures that each student receives the intellectual guidance and experiences necessary to prepare them for vibrant research careers in a wide range of academic, business, and government settings. Students receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty with a global reputation for excellence in scholarship and high impact science.

Faculty work on data from many domains including science (MEDLINE, EPA, STAR METRICS), business (health, energy, media), humanities (HathiTrust, Google Books), and everyday life (social media) and develop new methods in:

• Text and Data Mining
• Informetrics and Data Analytics
• Information Retrieval
• Social Computing
• Digital Humanities
• Social Network Analysis
• Digital Libraries
• Computer Supported Cooperative Work
• Data Curation and Linked Data
• Information Trust and Privacy
• Digital Youth

GSLIS supports a broad range of interdisciplinary research in areas such as youth services, user services and outreach, information history and policy, social and community informatics, data curation and information organization. Additional information about research at GSLIS is available at For specific information about the PhD program, please visit or contact

Students from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Deadline for PhD applications is December 15, 2014.


Megan Finn Senseney
Senior Project Coordinator
Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 East Daniel Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: (217) 244-5574

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Digital Imaging Technician Job

Digital Imaging Technician

Job Summary: 

The Digital Imaging Technician will scan and ingest image files into digital repository, perform image correction as needed, and assist the Digital Imaging Manager with digital print production.  This position is in the Photographic department of the Margaret Herrick Library.

Duties and Responsibilities

·         Create large volume of high-quality  digital images and prints
·         Ingest objects into the Academy’s digital asset management system in a timely and accurate manner
·         Judge and correct digital images for color balance, contrast, tonality, and density when compared to original objects, photographic prints, or transparencies
·         Track image production and workflow
·         Consistently and accurately name image files

Qualifications and Requirements

·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with a minimum of four years in-depth experience with digital imaging technologies. 
·         Advanced skills with high-end Apple Macintosh computer platform and Mac OS
·         Advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and other processing software applications to capture, manipulate, save, and print images
·         Demonstrated ability to manage simultaneous tasks:  batch scanning, ingesting, documentation, and printing
·         Solid understanding of file-management systems and databases
·         Familiarity with a variety of photographic media and processes.  Photography skills and tradition darkroom experience helpful
·         Good knowledge of American film history helpful
·         Able to meet challenging deadlines and work within complex workflows and schedules
·         Ability to work accurately and independently in a busy environment
·         Ability to meet numerous deadlines; able to take direction
·         Have excellent organization skills and attention to details
·         Able to sit at a computer for up to 8 hours a day

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to:   Indicate Digital Imaging Technician in the subject line.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Staples hit by hackers

Staples stores in NE US just hit by hackers. Welcome to the group Staples. Read more about it here

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

University of Scranton seeks an Archival and Special Collections Cataloging and Metadata Specialist (part-time)

The University of Scranton seeks an Archival and Special Collections Cataloging and Metadata Specialist (part-time). The Archival and Special Collections Cataloging and Metadata Specialist supports the work of the Special Collections Librarian, the Digital Services Librarian, and the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, in the coordinated cataloging, description, and record-keeping necessary to the preservation, accessibility, and findability of University Archives and Special Collections materials. Working across varied Library information systems, this position creates, maintains, and enhances descriptive, administrative, structural, and preservation metadata of various types for materials of diverse formats.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree required along with broad subject knowledge.  A graduate degree in archives, public history, digital humanities or an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science is preferred.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities include:  a knowledge of library and archival procedures; the ability to perform repetitive, detail-oriented tasks and work independently in an isolated environment; and excellent record-keeping, written, oral and instructional skills.

The candidate must be able to lift at least 30 lbs., climb a step-stool, and be tolerant of different environmental conditions.  A familiarity with various software and tools related to digital asset management, i.e., word processing, spreadsheets, databases, file processing, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Bridge and a familiarity with standards and best practices for cataloging and metadata are preferred.

Hours:  This position requires 17.5 scheduled hours per week between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. 

This position will remain open until filled.

All applications must be submitted electronically:
Click "Search Postings" on the Human Resources page ( to create an application and then apply for a position. Please note you will not be considered an applicant until you apply for a specific, open position. If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at (570) 941-7767 or e-mail your questions to Thank you for your interest in working for The University of Scranton!

Position number and title are:
Title:  Cataloger (Part-Time);  Posting Number:  6000736

The University of Scranton is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body embracing an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. The University welcomes Veterans, minority persons, women, and persons with disabilities to apply. The University of Scranton is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer/Educator.