Showing posts from November, 2016

Investigatory Powers Bill

The UK's new and powerful invasive Investigatory Powers Act 2016 received royal assent Tues despite over 100,000 people petitioning against it. The bill requires that "records of every website and messaging service UK-based citizens visit from any device will be retained for a year by communications companies." This is unprecedented control of personal information of UK citizens without a warrant by communications companies (which security forces and related government units-prisons and certain health units- will be able to access and use). It is one of the most invasive, powerful online surveillance laws in a democracy. Right now the bill states it documents where you go and who you communicate with, not the content of your communication (do we believe that?). Opponents see it as undermining civil and privacy rights. Proponents see it as a way to combat terrorists and other criminals who use the internet to plan, purchase, sell and communicate.  Communication companies…

ship anchors cut internet cable lines

I thought this was interesting. With all our technology, there is nothing like some actual physical interruption. Ships anchors are cutting internet cable lines underwater, shutting down access to the internet in certain areas. Read more about it here

US Navy personal info breached

Data of more than 1/4 of US Navy sailors (134, 386) was illegally accessed, the BBC reported on Nov. 24.   A Hewlett Packard contractor's laptop was "compromised' causing the problem. Hewlett Packard informed the Navy on Oct. 27. Names and social security numbers of current and retired sailors were in the data.  The US Navy is in the early stages of investigating. Read more about it here

Thanksgiving postcards

In the Clarke we have a section of the Display Items that are holiday related cards and postcards. The turkeys are clearly the main focus of Thanksgiving postcard art.  Here is a sample of  historic holiday postcards celebrating Thanksgiving mostly circa 1910. Enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving.

Clean up before the weekend.

In preparation for the longer weekend, we are cleaning all the processing room tables off of collections and putting them in the stacks. Inevitably if a disaster of any type happens in the archives, it happens at 5:01pm on the last day staff are present before a long weekend. Then, you come back after the holiday and everything is wet, moldy, stinky, destroyed, charred. So, I don't take any chances. Plus it give someone a chance to scrub all the tables down. Only three weeks left of classes this term.

UK Civil War hoard found

A hoard of 1,000  coins from the Civil War in the UK (1642-51) has been found in a farmer's field in Ewerby, near Lincoln, in Lincolnshire, UK. It is significant in that it is the largest hoard from that time period found. The coins include some from the reign of each of Henry VIII's children: Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I as well as some from the first two Stuart kings of England, James I and Charles I. The most recent coin is from 1643, so it was buried right after the beginning of the English Civil War. It was found in an area where many of he battles were fought, including a decisive battle where the Parliamentarians beat the Royalists. The value of the coins at the time they were buried was the equivalent of $34. To give us perspective an infantry man then earned a shilling a day and a rich man could live comfortably off $25 a year.  Clearly this was a lot of money at the time, probably from more than one person. See…

Michigan archivists needed to help small historical organizations

missing shipwrecks

Several 3 British and 3 Dutch WWII sunken warships have disappeared. The disappearance is being investigated. Were they stripped bit by bit until nothing was left? Occasionally we temporarily mishelve a book, box or folder, but losing an entire ship much less 6 is really bad. Read more about it now

Veterans records

For the Veterans and their families, here's a link with a video about the process to get Veterans records. It is short and interesting. Look at all the boxes of records! And it offers an explanation about why all the records aren't digitized. This video is from the National Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of several in the US. The closest to Michigan in in Chicago.

CMU Park Libs dean search finalists on campus soon

Finalists named in University Libraries dean search Candidates will visit campus in late November and early December November 14, 2016 ​Finalists seeking to serve as Central Michigan University's dean of libraries will visit campus for interviews and open forums beginning Nov. 29.
A 14-member search committee, chaired by CMU Vice President of Information Technology Roger Rehm, announced the three candidates following a national search.​
Candidates and the dates of their campus visits and open forums are:
​Kathy Irwin, CMU University Libraries interim dean. Irwin's forum is scheduled from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Park Library Auditorium;Clem Guthro, Colby College Libraries director. Guthro's forum is scheduled from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Park Library Auditorium; andMelvin Davis, University of North Alabama dean of library and educational technology services. Davis' forum is…

Pres. Obama records moving to Chicago

Even before the election ended, President Obama's records while president and gifts received began a trip to Chicago where his new presidential archives/library will be built. Here's an article about presidential records and gifts being boxes and moved.

If you want to learn about the plans for his presidential library look here

UM library job posting


Inuit culture video game

We have the first example of a Native American video game used to keep their culture alive by teaching children the language and culture in stories -Inuit folk tales

This reminds me that others use video games to teach language, which is part of culture, as well. Suli told me recently that video games for kids in Saudi Arabia teach them classical Arabic which is different than the regional slang dialects most people speak and know, so parents who don't know classic Arabic can't understand their children when they talk using words used from the games.

Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners group on the 2016 NDSA Award for Organizations

Congrats to Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners group who won the 2016 NDSA Award for Organizations! Congrats to Ed Busch and everyone who has been involved!

Here is the awards page with group photo!

The Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners(MMDP) group is a regional collective of librarians, archivists, museum curators, conservators, historians, scholars and more engaged in creating and curating digital collections in Mid-Michigan and the surrounding region. The mission of the group is to provide an open and local forum for conversation, collaboration and networking for professionals working with digital collections in Michigan.
The MMDP is recognized for its highly original and successful organizational model in fostering innovation sharing and knowledge exchange. 

little desk

The Brehm family collection, which includes all the calling cards featured in yesterday's blog entry, also contains a small, and I mean small, desk. I do not know if it was made for a doll or some other purpose, like a boys club or class project. It is not a beautiful example of the cabinet maker's art, so it is not a furniture salesman's sample. It measures 2.5 (width) x 2.5 (length) x 4.75 inches (height). I pulled the drawer out a little so yo can see it and its little handle (a screw). It is held together by screws. You can see how big it is compared to the little calling cards which all measure individually 2 x 3.75 inches. This is an unusual 3-d object in the archives. Mostly what we get is some hair, pins, and what I generally classify as desk clutter (ashtrays, nameplates, little statues, inkwells, miscellaneous CMU paraphernalia, etc.).

calling cards

It was a necessity among the upper classes in the past to have calling cards for when one visited another's home during their stated hours "at home". You would arrive during the time and on the day that they were at home to receive guests, drink some tea or lemonade, eat a cookie or cracker, talk about acceptable, bland topics for 20 minutes and then go to your next house for a similar visit. If they were not there, you would leave your card. If you returned and they still were not there, you could bend the card in certain places and ways to indicate how many times you visited or how you wished them to respond, and how quickly. Ladies had cards, gentlemen had cards, and married couples had cards. It was an established social tradition so you would get to know people in your social and economic level. This led to friendships, marriages, and business deals. Popular people had baskets by the front door which overflowed with cards left by visitors. A good butler knew how to …