Discover the Freely Available Yale Digital Commons
Yale increased its impact and access this month with its announcement of free use, without license, to millions of objects in Yale's museums, archives, and libraries. The first Ivy League university to launch such an Open Access collection for scholars, artists, and others, the site includes President Levin's Memo on Open Access to digital representations.
Watch the slideshow for art from the 1600s, ceramics, Greek vessels, a Mozart score, maps of Sir Francis Drake (1500) or Lewis & Clark (1810), and more, in the first 250,000 images now shared with scholars around the globe.
Red-figure Calyx Krater; A: Nike and Poseidon; B: Woman and Old Man
Aegisthus Painter, Yale University Art Gallery
Search & save items from the collective catalog encompassing vast collections from:
• Yale Peabody Museum
• Yale Center for British Art
• Yale University Art Gallery
• Yale University Library Map Collection
• Lewis Walpole Library Prints and Drawings
• Office of Digital Dissemination
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Off the Shelf @KSL
Hear Case authors talk about music, literature, religion, American culture and more, on KSL's Off the Shelf podcasts. KSL librarian William Claspy interviews Case Western Reserve University faculty authors about favorite subjects and their book publications.
From the first podcast in fall 2008 with Kurt Koenigsburger's The Novel and the Menagerie: totality, Englishness, and empire, or Thrity Umrigar & the Cleveland Arts Prize 2009, to the most recent in 2011 with Tim Beal's The Rise and Fall of the Bible: the unexpected history of an accidental book, you'll enjoy new insights on colleagues at Case and how & why they choose to write their books.
A convenient link on each podcast lets you play it on your computer, or use the links to download the iTunes or mp3 podcasts so you can hear them at your leisure.
Listen in (from anyhwere), today...and enjoy one of Kelvin Smith Library's cultural offerings!
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Veteran's History Project
American war history comes to life as the Library of Congress brings the Veteran's History Project to the world with this collection of audio-video stories, interviews, photographs, artifacts, scrapbooks and other items from those who have served.
Experience first-hand accounts from U.S. Veterans (1914 to the present) with sound, letters, V-mail & more. Civilians who were actively involved in war efforts are also included.
Search by conflict or era, gender, branch of service, POW, ethnicity, rank, service unit, and much more.
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Gaming & Learning, on Pac-Man's Anniversary
Look at the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, featured today on the Google Pac-Man Doodle logo. This 80s popular, addictive game spawned many others and is relevant in new ways as higher education explores gaming and research outcomes.
Now we explore gaming behaviors & research as part of our everyday academic learning, looking at violence, behavior, gender, sociology of gaming, educational technologies, and more—check out our electronic database Academic Search Complete for articles like:
• Looking for my corpse: Video games and player positioning
• Students’ perceptions about the use of video games in the classroom (click the FindIt icon for EJC fulltext)
• Integration and Deployment of Educational Games in e-Learning Environments... (educational gaming)
• Course Examines Video Games as Cultural Indicators Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 51, Issue 21, Page A10
Insert the coin into the first interactive Google illustration Google Pac-Man Doodle and enjoy a game, today May 21, 2010!
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We Choose the Moon...
See & hear again the President's charge, TV coverage from blastoff to moonwalk & splashdown, plus commentary on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing—see & hear the accounts from NASA, The National Archives, the JFK library, and learn more from our collections:
• From footprints in moon dust to the ticker tape parade in New York City, enjoy We Choose the Moon from the JFK Presidential Museum and Library (On homepage select Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing.)
• Recreate (or remember!) the entire experience in real time using widgets, mission trackers, images, source documents, multimedia. Download & launch The Eagle Has Landed: The Flight of Apollo 11, 1969 mp4 movie from The National Archives.
• Images, History, NASA Benefits to You on Earth, Discovering Earth (what's the upside-down blue marble from the Apollo 17 mission?), Video Features, NASA TV, podcasts on NASA Apollo 40th Anniversary: Celebrate Apollo, Exploring the Moon, Discovering Earth.
• Browse Apollo 11 on NASA Images, or search & view images & videos of other specific missions or astronauts, launch sites, etc. Choose "Apollo" on the far right of the page.
• Do a Subject search Project Apollo U.S. on the Case Catalog for Apollo history & Astronaut's stories:
Magnificent Desolation : the long journey home from the moon, Buzz Aldrin 2009
Moon shot : the inside story of America's race to the moon, Alan Shephard and Deke Slayton 1994
Flying to the moon : an astronaut's story, Michael Collins 1994
First on the moon. A voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins [and] Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr 1970
• In Research Databases, Choose the News folder:
Associated Press images; select the Apollo 11 Showcase on the left
Historical New York Times and Wall Street Journal search moon landing or your own terms for July 1969
PressDisplay US & world papers note the anniversary (move the green date slider to July 20th), as in UK's Manchester Evening News: Day the Earth Held its Breath, The Washington Post: One Step Was Plenty, and hundreds more!
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"See" & Read Inaugural Words from Washington to Obama
Choose a president on the President's Timeline tool & "see" the most used words from his Inaugural Address. You can see all the U.S. Presidents' speeches on the New York Times interactive site called Inaugural Words.
From Washington's 135 words in 1793 (shortest) to Harrison's 8,445 words on March 4,1841 (longest), you select a president's image and see:
• photo & date on the left, a brief summary & focus of the speech, a link to the full address
• graphic cloud on the right, of the most-used words (examples below)
• mouse-over a word to see how many times it was used
• click on a word to see when and how was used in all the sentences, and
• in the same window of words used-in-context, scroll & see how other presidents used the word,
• top of the same window, a small bar chart shows which presidents also used the word & how many times.
Find memorable phrases like "with malice toward none...." (Lincoln, near the end of the Civil War), "the only thing we have to fear..." (FDR, in the grip of the Depression), "Ask not what your country can do for you..." (JFK, 1961), and more. Enjoy Inaugural Words, where you can quickly analyze word usage—and see presidential inaugural addresses in a new way!
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Homeland Security Digital Library
The nation's premier collection of documents about policy, strategy, management & featured topics related to homeland security, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) has a wide variety of sources selected and evaluated by subject specialists & librarians from think tanks, professional organizations, academics and federal, state, tribal, & local agencies.
Find a a wide variety of special items:
• General Collection of over 60,000 documents
• Newsletters & Digests focus on topics like open source infrastructure, global events, & counterintelligence reports
• In Policy & Strategy find President Obama's Executive Order 13492 about Guantanamo
• Read Featured Topics on Energy, Immigration, Climate Change, and more
KSL also has a rich Government Documents collection, with staff ready to assist you in researching government information.
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