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Public Domain Day 2019

On January 1st 2019, works copyrighted in 1923 entered the public domain! This is the first “Public Domain Day” since Congress extended copyright in 1998. Books, films, and sheet music copyrighted that year in the United States are now free to use without seeking permission or paying fees. (Only the 1923 editions, if there are later copyrighted editions! Librarians call this the 1923 manifestation of a work.)

Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has a detailed explanation and a list of some notable items that have “gone public.” They may be worth considering for course or research project materials. HathiTrust already has released over 20,000 books and scientific reports copyrighted in 1923.

Some works from 1923 are startlingly out of touch with current values. The full lyrics of “Yes! We Have No Bananas” – a song refrain my family has sung for years – reveal it is an ethnic caricature. Songs making fun of ethnic groups were popular in the 1920s. The Library of Congress has more examples, plus curricula for teaching about them and about attitudes towards immigrants. As upsetting as such materials may be, having them publicly available is important to understanding our current social climate.

A librarian can help you locate public domain materials, and answer your copyright questions. Here’s to many happy returns of Public Domain Day!

Favorite Fast Food Poll Results

We ran a Favorite Fast Food Poll next to the entrance area of the library for two weeks, to mark Fast Food Day on November 16th. Here are the results and analysis.

There were 5 total votes for McDonald’s items, so that was the favorite restaurant. There were 2 votes each for items from Arby’s and from Chipotle. The other establishments included a local, Salsa Grille; plus Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, and Panera Bread.

In terms of the favorite food item, there were 3 votes for fries, and 3 for Mexican items. Beef and chicken were even with 2 votes for burgers and 2 for chicken items.

Below are the raw data tabulated. Thank you to all who participated!

Further research is needed to resolve the question: Should anything including broccoli count as a fast food?

McDonald’s  Fries
McDonald’s  Fries
McDonald’s  Big Mac
McDonald’s  Chicken Nuggets w/ Sweet & Sour sauce
McDonald’s  Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese
Arby’s  Curly fries
Arby’s  Jalapeno bites
Chipotle  Chipotle bowl
Chipotle  Everything burrito
Salsa Grill  Taco salad bowl
Chick-fil-A  Spicy chicken sandwich
Pizza Hut  Large pepperoni pizza w/ extra cheese
Panera Bread  Broccoli soup

 

Fast Food Day

 

IMG_3885November 16th is Fast Food Day – drive thru the Library to see our displays! We have hundreds of resources for research on this topic in many different fields: sociology, health, chemistry, economics, education, even a book of “McPoems”. We are taking a poll of your favorite fast food items and we are doing a jigsaw puzzle, Things I Ate as a Kid. We will publish the results of the poll here, come back for a second helping!

November’s Commemorations

The month of November seems especially rich in historical commemorations, starting on November 1st when Christians celebrate All Saints Day. Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th recalls England’s struggle for religious freedom, and November 19th is the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War. During this month we honor our Native American heritage, especially on Thanksgiving; hold elections; and honor our veterans. The Library of Congress has many resources for students of all ages to explore these topics.

A newly digitized collection of 14 historical newspapers published in Native communities is gathered in the database Chronicling America. These range from coast to coast and cover nearly a century: 1828 to 1922. Many include transcriptions in Native languages along with English language articles that reveal the points of view and concerns of their communities. Try reading the Cherokee writing that Sequoya invented!

Veterans’ Day was originally Armistice Day, celebrating the end of the Great War, which later became known as World War I. November 11th, 2018 will mark 100 years since the cessation of hostilities.  Several divisions of the Library of Congress have contributed short introductions highlighting items from their collections relevant to this occasion.

One of the most moving eulogies to veterans is President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. View an autograph manuscript copy from the Library of Congress collections.

We have books on all these topics available for checkout. This month we are displaying children’s books on Native American heritage and Thanksgiving. As you enter the library, look over our showcase of Agriculture resources in the hallway. We hope to see you soon!

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Black Poetry Day

October 17th is Black Poetry Day, a celebration of the voices of African-American poets.

 

 

100BestThis date was chosen to honor Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American to have a poem published (in 1760): he was born on this day. You can find more literary milestones in the encyclopedia Black Firsts.

 

 

AAPoets In 1773 an entire book of poems by Phillis Wheatley was published in Philadelphia – a reprint of the edition she had published in London. You can read the second American edition online from our Ebooks collection. Wheatley was a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic, but died young.

 

 

Tupac We have quite a few books, ebooks, and audio books of poetry by African-American authors.  Here is a list from our catalog to start off with.

 

 

WordsWings Several of our books are for children, and some are song lyrics. My favorite way to absorb a poem is to listen to it read, or read it aloud myself. What is yours?

 

 

What are digital humanities? Find out at THATCamp!

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The Humanities And Technology = THATCamp

We are participating in THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue University Fort Wayne. It will take place Friday October 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., followed by optional discussion time. THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue Fort Wayne will function a bit differently than the usual THATCamp as there will be more focus on learning about digital humanities, which means we will have more structure and pre-scheduled sessions. It is perfect for faculty, staff, and students wishing to move into this field.

The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata tagging, social networking and data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, augmented reality, and incorporating digital projects in classes/programs. A preliminary schedule is posted here on the website, where you can also register to attend. We hope to see you there!