Monthly Archive for June, 2010

Civil Rights News Roundup

Landon Donovan’s stoppage time goal will dominate the news cycle today, but we don’t want to lose sight of our civil rights-related news:

  • More than forty-five years after African American teenagers Charles Moore and Henry Dee disappeared while walking a Mississippi road at night, their families may finally have achieved closure. The bodies of Moore and Dee were discovered just days after their disappearance, but it was not until 2007 that a former Klan members was convicted in connection with their deaths. Now, relatives of Dee and Moore have settled a lawsuit accusing Franklin County, MS, of complicity with the murders.
  • Two of the four protesters arrested while sitting in at a recent meeting of the Wake County School board here in North Carolina have written their version of Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, expressing their willingness to break the law in order to attack a larger injustice, in this case the county’s new diversity policy. The policy does away with the county’s right to allocate students in Wake County schools taking into account socioeconomic status.
  • President Obama, embroiled in a lose-lose controversy over the flapping tongue of General Stanley McChrystal, took a few moments to declare his support for gay rights and for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Meanwhile Hawaii’s governor is deciding whether or not to veto a law that would extend the same legal protections to unmarried heterosexual and gay couples as to married heterosexual couples.
  • Finally, Paul Thurmond, son of the notorious segregationist Strom Thurmond, lost his primary bid for the GOP nomination for South Carolina’s first congressional district. To an African American. Republican.

From UNC Press: Archiving Billy Barnes

Over at the UNC Press blog, archivist Patrick Collum has a great post on archiving the photographs from the great documentarian of the civil rights movement, Billy Barnes:

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the book release party for To Right These Wrongs, written by Jim Leloudis and Robert Korstad, with photographs by Billy Barnes.  This powerful book brings the reader back to a period in our state’s past when the North Carolina Fund (1963-1969) was initially formed and put into action across the state.  This was a time of great change in North Carolina. The Civil Rights Movement continued to gain strength across the state.  Paired with the full force of a progressive governor and his vision of economic equality for all citizens, the North Carolina Fund transformed the lives of countless citizens from the mountains to the coast.

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Bringing Bibliographies Alive II

When the LCRM team was working to design the LCRM publishing pilot, we discussed various ways that we could take the information collected by authors in the bibliographies of their works and make it accessible to the reader. One method of making the bibliographic information usable by the reader that we focused on was OpenURL. OpenURL is a tool that puts your library’s digital catalog right at your finger tips. It takes the bibliographic information that has been encoded into the webpage to create a custom search of your library’s catalog for versions of the work available online through your library.

If the LCRM publishing pilot were a library subscription product, your library would install OpenURL at the institutional level.  However, right now the pilot is available only to individuals.  If you are the sort of person who likes to install useful plug-ins, please read on. Continue reading ‘Bringing Bibliographies Alive II’

Old School Tactics in Modern-Day Protests

From the AP:

They gather on statehouse steps with signs and bullhorns, risking arrest. They attend workshops on civil disobedience and personal storytelling, and they hold sit-ins and walk out of class in protest. They’re being warned that they could even lose their lives.

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Page Numbers in E-Books

The LCRM Project team had a bit of a debate about whether to include page numbers from the original books in the LCRM online publishing pilot.  Philosophically, one might argue that they are no longer necessary in a new medium that makes the book navigable in new ways.  However, some believed that the connection to the print book, which is still used, should be clear and literal.

Once we decided to include the page numbers, we puzzled over how to show them clearly but unobtrusively.  Our solution is a page-turning icon in the right margin labeled with the page number.  If you hover your cursor over the page-turning icon, a red vertical line appears in the text to the left of the icon, to show precisely where the original page break is in the print edition.

We look forward to hearing whether our users intuitively understand what this little feature is and whether they find it useful.  One use we envisioned was accurate citations.

Another purpose would be classroom use, although we have not yet developed a version of the LCRM Project for mobile devices.  Even now, this feature would make it possible for a class to share the book in both print and e-form (on laptops and computer monitors).

In contrast, although the Kindle is a popular device for reading for numerous reasons—and hundreds of UNC Press books are available for the Kindle—the lack of page numbers made classroom use challenging in an experiment at Princeton.  (You can read about it here.)

Classroom use would be even more challenging if some students had the Kindle version while others had the print edition, a scenario that would have been more likely if the class had not been conducting an experiment in which each student received a free Kindle device.

To obtain premium access to the full text of all of the books and other content in the LCRM online publishing pilot and check out the page-number feature, please send a request to lcrmproject at gmail dot com.

Zotero for Historians

Zotero is an amazing tool for scholars, developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.  If you are a historian and you haven’t look at it, you might be surprised at how useful it is for organizing the sources and citations for your next writing project.

The LCRM Project’s online publishing pilot is zotero-enabled, which makes it especially easy to save bibliographic entries to your personal zotero bibliography.  When you are in one of the books’ bibliographies, click the book icon in your browser’s address bar.  The entire bibliography will pop up in a window, arranged as a checklist.  Select all or some of the entries to save automatically to your zotero bibliography.  This screencast by one of the authors whose book is included in the pilot shows the tool in action.

To save the book in which you are browsing to your personal zotero bibliography, click the “Create new item from current page” icon, and zotero will download the bibliographic information and URL.

To go back to the beginning, remember those index cards that your high school teacher taught you to use to organize your term-paper bibliography?  (I am dating myself, I know.)  Now, perhaps, you have graduated to using Microsoft Word to list your sources.  The next generation of tool for this purpose is called “bibliographic management software.”  Some universities subscribe to Endnote or another similar offering and make it available to all faculty and students within their IP range.  Zotero is free, though you must use Mozilla Firefox as your web browser to access it.  It is a plug-in for Firefox.

The LCRM Project has started a group bibliography for the long civil rights movement in zotero; you can learn more about it here.

To obtain premium access to the full text of all of the books and other content in the LCRM online publishing pilot, please send a request to lcrmproject at gmail dot com.