Historical

17 Jun 19
RB Abroad

After spending a few days in Athens, we took an overnight ferry to Crete. We used the Minoan Lines and chose to arrive at Heraklion. For optimal comfort and privacy, we opted for a sleeper cabin with bathroom. It was tiny and basic but suited our needs. The ship was large and had a couple […]

17 Jun 19
Virginia Water Central News Grouper

Virginia Water Radio’s latest episode, for the week of June 17, 2019, is “Beavers Change Habitats and (Sometimes) Challenge Humans.”  The 4 min./50 sec. episode, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2019/06/episode-477-6-17-19-beavers-change.html, focuses on a semi-aquatic mammal known for its dam- and lodge-building, potential impacts on human infrastructure, and historical role in the European exploration and settlement of […]

17 Jun 19
EU in UKRAINE

In 1971, architect and archaeologist Mykhailo Rozhko discovered a Kyivan Rus-time fortress — Tustan, near the Boykos village of Urych in Lviv region. After the death of Mykhailo, his son Vasyl founded a reserve and headed the museum of the fortress. Read his story about the history of Tustan and how 11 artists from Ukraine, Belarus, […]

17 Jun 19
The Grimoire Reliquary

Hullo, friends, frenemies and followers! I’ve been meaning to post a lot more here — obviously without much tangible result, so from this point onward I’ll be going with the wonderful slogan of #EverythingIsContent! Shocker, I know. Today’s content: the gigantic historical novel that is William L. Shirer’s masterpiece, the best known history of Nazi […]

17 Jun 19
WANE
How long should a common library book stay in the collection if nobody reads it? At least 15 years – seems to be the answer – according to new information from the managers at the Allen County Public Library. The library says the collection numbers were miscounted from years of duplicate records. “We want to make sure that we really understand what we have in storage,” says Director Greta Southard. “What’s the appropriate protocol to understand whether or not something has long longer lasting value?” Rarity, local and historical value are all key criteria to keep a book in perpetuity. Books that don’t meet any of those criteria would be looked at for removal. Deselection Parameters 2019Download According to numbers provided by the ACPL, 853,254 items are in storage. Of those, 362,147 have not circulated in 15 years; the majority of those, 235,644, haven’t circulated in 20 years. In the previous year (May 2018-May 2019), only 3,765 checkouts were made from storage. Kim Fenoglio, head of the group that petitioned the trustees, likes the new procedures. “We like the new, collaborative time frames for weeding. There is no computer-generated algorithm that can ever take the place of the frontline librarians who are the professionals. We are heartened that they will be part of the equation moving forward,” Fenoglio wrote to WANE 15. “It does cause us concern because these vital changes were implemented only because the Trustees mandated them. The director had no interest in responding to the public’s concerns until she was forced to. Caring for our collection is clearly not a priority for this director and we have little faith in her long-term commitment once oversight lessens.” Southard contends the ACPL can continue to connect with users and maintain a vibrant collection. “We have to be a little bit more discerning and really try and focus on purchasing the kinds of materials that we think our community is interested in reading. At the same time, we want to make sure that we’re providing welcoming, safe spaces for people to come and gather or play and learn. So it’s not ‘either/or.’ It’s ‘yes and yes,’ if that makes sense.”
17 Jun 19
...what a wonderful world this would be.

“Picture a box. It’s made of wood. Maybe pine. It’s simple. Three feet long, two feet wide, two-and-a-half feet deep and open at the top. Now picture yourself climbing inside. Sit down. Feel the wood against your back. Run your fingers along the rough surface of the boards. Maybe you have to hug your knees […]

17 Jun 19
V-Lo's View

We are all packed and tomorrow morning we will leave Portugal. We have a long day of travel ahead of us that includes a four hour layover in Washington DC. Figuring we will have to collect our bags and go through customs there, it is probably not as long as it sounds. The last few […]

17 Jun 19
avidbooknerd Blog

Hey everyone, I decided to start my own little challenge. I have challenged myself to reach all the book badges on the 50 book pledge site. (www.50bookpledge.ca) While I have completed 5 already, my goal is to read the remaining books and if I have time re-complete the 5 already completed. This is daunting at […]

17 Jun 19
Ville de Coeur

The 2019 Horse Photo Competition was held Tuesday, 28 May, 2019 with judging and results announced Sunday, 16 June, 2019. The theme was “Horses in Ville de Coeur” with special focus on technique, scenery, and message. The judges for this event were: Minyah McKinney – Known for judging horse competitions and photography. Treacle Darlandes – […]

17 Jun 19

Climate Red Team Argument Heats Up: Koonin Responds to Schmidt http://bit.ly/2Y30gks By Steve Koonin Gavin Schmidt has posted a commentary on the video of a talk I gave recently at Purdue University. I’m grateful for his attention and comments, as I’m always trying to improve my presentations. It seems that I failed to get my […]

17 Jun 19
Iowa Climate Science Education

By Steve Koonin Gavin Schmidt has posted a commentary on the video of a talk I gave recently at Purdue University. I’m grateful for his attention and comments, as I’m always trying to improve my presentations. It seems that I failed to get my points across in some crucial places, so I’ve got work to […]

17 Jun 19
Arcynewsy

Credit: Columbia University Kyle Davis is an environmental data scientist whose research seeks to increase food supplies in developing countries. He combines environmental and data science techniques to understand the patterns of the global food system and develop strategies that make food supply chains more nutritious and sustainable. Since joining the Data Science Institute as […]

17 Jun 19
John William Bailly

Fire, Earth, Air, and Water I signed up for the Grand Tour Redux thinking that it will be an amazing vacation to have. What better way is there to spend my summer than spending it in Italy? I did not really consider what I would learn, experience, embrace and potential love. I did not truly […]

17 Jun 19
Transgender Identities in the Medieval Past: Eleanor Rykener in Context

CONTENT WARNING: Potential misgendering of historical subjects, brief mention of sexual assault. In his study of the Rykener case, Isaac Bershady takes special care in describing its religious context. In the late 14th Century, anxiety surrounding sodomy and related gender transgression was reaching a fever pitch. In the ideological upheaval caused by such groups as […]

17 Jun 19
scoreit.online

Players will need to find three Storm Flips to complete this week’s challenges. Epic Game It’s E3 2019 week, and Epic Games has a new set for Fortnite challenges out on Thursday. Week 6 challenges will have players heading to Hot Spots and finding the now incredibly rare Storm Flip throwable. The new challenges for […]