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Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
On September 15, 1963, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killed four little girls. These powerful images, newspaper clippings, and documents show the immediate and widespread destruction of the tragedy and heartbreak that inspired a movement. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is located at the intersection of 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. –BPL
BPL’s Digital Collections were created to preserve and make available the local history of Birmingham and the surrounding area. These resources may help students, teachers, genealogists, historians and interested citizens learn more about the history of Birmingham.
This collection is also included as part of the Civil Rights Digital Library documenting America’s struggle for racial equality.
Summer | 2012
I had the opportunity to take a course entitled, Information Resources Development. I am currently profiling a local library in Houston, Texas–The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Hirsch Library. I wanted to share a portion of the profile that I just completed. *Collection Development in a library setting deals with the technical side of the institution acquiring/purchasing books, collections, multimedia, etc. as it pertains to the information needs of the community .
Hirsch Library Gap Collection Development Project
Fill a GAP in the MFAH Hirsch Library’s physical and digital collection.
I decided to add more 20th Century African American Art resources! I had $2000.00 to spend on books, CDs, DVDs, e-books, e-reference and musical scores. The results are below.
*I appreciate feedback if you want to share ideas, critiques, etc. with me.
The word “metadata” means “data about data”. Metadata articulates a context for objects of interest — “resources” such as MP3 files, library books, or satellite images — in the form of “resource descriptions”. As a tradition, resource description dates back to the earliest archives and library catalogs. The modern “metadata” field that gave rise to Dublin Core and other recent standards emerged with the Web revolution of the mid-1990s.
Early Dublin Core workshops popularized the idea of “core metadata” for simple and generic resource descriptions. The fifteen-element “Dublin Core”achieved wide dissemination as part of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and has been ratified as IETF RFC 5013, ANSI/NISO Standard Z39.85-2007, and ISO Standard 15836:2009.
Starting in 2000, the Dublin Core community focused on “application profiles” — the idea that metadata records would use Dublin Core together with other specialized vocabularies to meet particular implementation requirements. During that time, the World Wide Web Consortium’s work on a generic data model for metadata, the Resource Description Framework (RDF), was maturing. As part of an extended set of DCMI Metadata Terms, Dublin Core became one of most popular vocabularies for use with RDF, more recently in the context of the Linked Data movement.
The consolidation of RDF motivated an effort to translate the mixed-vocabulary metadata style of the Dublin Core community into an RDF-compatibleDCMI Abstract Model (2005). The DCMI Abstract Model was designed to bridge the modern paradigm of unbounded, linked data graphs with the more familiar paradigm of validatable metadata records like those used in OAI-PMH. A draft Description Set Profile specification defines a language for expressing constraints in a generic, application-independent way. The Singapore Framework for Dublin Core Application Profiles defines a set of descriptive components useful for documenting an application profile for maximum reusability.
Metadata Training Resources
Visit DCMI Metadata Basics Online: http://dublincore.org/metadata-basics/
The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials via the University of North Texas. You may discover anything from an ancestor’s picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections. We hope you’ll return often to discover our latest additions.
In 2002, the UNT Libraries began planning The Portal to Texas History, a digital gateway to historical materials from private collectors and collaborative partners, including libraries, museums, archives, and other historical groups. Our goal was to structure the Portal in a way that would ensure long-term sustainability.
Since 2005, more partners, funding, and content were added and the collections grew. By 2010, the Portal hosted over 900,000 digital images from one hundred and thirty partners. Every month over 115,000 visitors from around the world use the online collections.
Visit the Portal to Texas History Online: http://texashistory.unt.edu/
The Consecrated Eminence
A peep into the Archives & Special Collections of Amberst College
Amherst College announced a bold new publishing initiative: The Amherst College Press. This new press will be entirely open access — it will produce academic works to the highest standards then give these works away online for free. Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the College, is leading this initiative and frequently invokes the Amherst College motto – Terras irradient “Let them give light to the world” — when he describes his vision for this venture.
The manuscripts of Emily Dickinson held by Amherst College are now freely available for viewing by anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world. For those eager to dive right in and start exploring the Dickinson manuscripts, just follow this link and start browsing. If you have an Amherst College login and password, you will have access to everything in ACDC; if you do not, you will still be able to search, view, and download Dickinson manuscript images, but you won’t have access to the full range of art history images.
The Negro Traveler’s Green Book & Archive
Available for FREE Download!
The Green Book, which was published from 1936 until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, listed establishments across the U.S. (and eventually North America) that welcomed blacks during a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws often made travel difficult — and sometimes dangerous. In Soul Food Junkies (airing 10 p.m. Jan. 14 on Independent Lens; check local listings), filmmaker Byron Hurt briefly describes what it used to be like for African Americans to travel in the United States. He talks about how blacks would take along boxed lunches in order to avoid being turned away from restaurants or dining cars. And he mentions in passing a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book, later known as The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, or more commonly, simply The Green Book.
“Carry The Green Book with you. You may need it,” advises the cover of the 1949 edition. And under that, a quote from Mark Twain, which is heartbreaking in this context: “Travel is fatal to prejudice.”
The Green Book became very popular, with 15,000 copies sold per edition in its heyday. It was a necessary part of road trips for many families.
As horrendous as some of the issues African Americans were faced with, the guide referred to them in a sideways, almost genteel way.
This 10,000 page reference center is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history in the United States and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. It includes an online encyclopedia of thousands of famous and lesser known figures in African American history, Global African history, and the history of African Americans in the West. BlackPast.org also has full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present. There are links to hundreds of websites that address the global history of people of African ancestry including major black museums and archival research centers in the United States and Canada. Other features are listed in the left column. Click African American History, African American History in the West, or Global African History to explore our comprehensive resources and knowledge base.
Access FREE Online Database: http://www.blackpast.org/