What We’re Reading: November 13, 2008 Edition
This past week we’ve taken a look at articles and resources related to Barack Obama’s historic presidential win; see the Newseum’s newspaper archive, a collection of election maps, and a look back at religion and campaigning. Then, read about librarians’ efforts to build a better search engine, PhDinHistory’s take on a number of recent professional issues, a summer institute from the NHC, lost photos from Hiroshima, financial teaching materials, and the latest Omeka release.
- Front Page Archive: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The Newseum archives newspaper front pages for major events. Check out their collection from Wednesday, November 5, 2008, the day after Obama won the election. Also see the Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog of photographs from the Obama campaign.
- 2008 Election Maps
Jason Kottke, of kottke.org, has compiled screenshots of a variety of maps from the 2008 election.
- Religion in the Presidential Campaign
The candidates’ faiths were scrutinized in this year’s election, just like they were one hundred years ago. The TimesTraveler blog has posted Theodore Roosevelt’s reaction to some voters’ criticism of Taft’s Unitarian beliefs: “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular Church… is an outrage against the liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”
What Else We’re Reading
- Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine
The Chronicle reports on an effort to develop a better search engine, one that supplements the power of crowds in the Google algorithms with the power of expert knowledge (in this case from librarians).
After a two-month hiatus, PhDinHistory returns with two interesting posts–one taking issue with our concerns about journal ranking, and the second about the growing numbers of high paid administrators in higher ed.
- American Immigration Revisited: A NEH Summer Institute
The National History Center announces a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “American Immigration Revisited,” which will run from July 6–31, 2009. Applications are due March 2, 2009.
- Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs
The blog Design Observer reposts an article from the Guardian written by filmmaker and writer Adam Levy in 2005. He presents the story of the discovery of haunting images of the destruction of Hiroshima.
- Facing Up to the Nation’s Finances
Most students are at least vaguely aware of the nation’s current financial crisis. The Facing up site aims to make them even better versed in the situation through classroom curriculum and online projects.
- Welcome to Omeka 0.10
The Center for History and New Media recently released a new version of the open source web-publishing platform Omeka. Also check out sites that use Omeka to output their content.
Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert Townsend
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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