Wednesday, December 21, 2005
"AFI is proud to honor these 20 collaborative teams. As the institute recognizes and celebrates excellence across the century, these honorees will be part of the record that documents America's enduring cultural legacy," AFI director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg said.
Full article, click here.
Top 10 Motion Pictures of 2005
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Good Night, and Good Luck
A History of Violence
The Squid and the Whale
Top 10 TV Programs of 2005
Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi Channel)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Rescue Me (FX)
Sleeper Cell (Showtime)
Sometimes in April (HBO)
Veronica Mars (UPN)
The Centers for Disease Control has a new link titled "What You Should Know" providing key facts about the flu this year (there is only one case in Oklahoma currently). The linked article includes steps you can take to prevent the flu and also comments on Avian Flu. This is an interesting and informative link from Government Documents. To access, click on the above title "Will You Catch The Flu This Year?"
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Students seeking a "Finals Resting Place" to escape exam study stress can find a refuge in the Libray basement on Dec 14-15 and Dec 18-20. During these designated days the library will host the Finals Resting Place from 8 p.m. until midnight in the basement lounge and writing center. The decorations will be a Tim Burton Christmas theme.
This will be a place where no studying is allowed. However students may talk, play games, listen to music, make phone calls, check their e-mail and get a free cup of coffee and a cookie. Taking a break can actually be good for you mentally and physically and help you study more diligently after you're rested. We'll leave the light on for you.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Never fear! The U.S. Census Bureau can tell you.
- An estimated 256 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2005.
- U.S. cranberry production in 2005 was approximately 649 million pounds.
- The 2005 total volume of wheat, 2.1 billion bushels, is essential for breads and pies.
- Quantity of turkey consumed by the typical American is 13.7 pounds (annually).
- 3 U.S. locations named after the main course: Turkey, TX, Turkey Creek, LA and Turkey, NC.
For more information, please follow the hyperlink provided.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
For more information: http://www.nypress.com/18/48/news&columns/RobertClarkYoung.cfm
Thursday, December 01, 2005
The Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma book favorite for 2006 was "The Saints and Sinners of Okay County" by Dayna Dunbar. (Call number 813.6 D898s located on 2nd Floor). The story is about a 1970's wife who is expecting her fourth child and her no-good husband has just deserted her. It's all about how she survives in a small Oklahoma town.
The 2005 winner was "Walking the Choctaw Road: Stories from Red People Memory" by Tim Tingle. (Call # 398.2089 T588 located on 2nd Floor). Both of these books are available to be checked out from the Al Harris Library. Either one would provide an enjoyable day of reading for pleasure during the holiday break. Be sure to check out book before we close for the holidays. We're open from 8-5 on Thursday and Friday (Dec 22 & 23). The library is closed from Dec 24 through Jan 2.
All of the books being voted on have been popular reading choices. To see other choices, click on the following link: "The Votes Are In".
Monday, November 28, 2005
Dr. Victoria Gaydosik is celebrating the publication of her first book and she is offering a signed copy along with its companion volume to the Al Harris Library. All the faculty and staff of the Al Harris Library would like to congratulate Dr. Gaydosik on her accomplishment. Also, we would like to extend a message of gratitude for the donation of her book to our literature collection.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
1) Stop noise pollution: Don't shout into your phone and keep the ring on as low as possible. Or better yet, keep the phone on vibrate.
2) Off means off: Respect the rules of any location, including planes, schools, churches and restaurants.
3) Take it in private: If you're expecting an important call, turn the phone to vibrate or silent mode. Then, to take the call, excuse yourself to the lobby, restroom or outside where there are fewer people.
4) Be aware of personal space: No, not your space, others'. Keep several feet away from anyone when on a call.
5) Let them know: Inform callers and call recipients that you're on a cell phone.
6) Know when to call: Just because you have someone's cell phone number, don't assume you can call it at anytime.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Survey Studies Internet Use in China
For additional information, please visit this sites: Markle Foundation, China Internet Project, and China Internet Network Information Center.
Joan Didion Wins National Book Award
For additional information, please visit the National Book Foundation website.
AFI Gets Inspired for New List
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Between 1897 and 1911 Elizabeth Smith Miller and her daughter, Anne Fitzhugh Miller, filled seven large scrapbooks with ephemera and memorabilia related to their work with women's suffrage. The Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia
Incorporates 718 excerpts from original sound recordings, 1,256 photographs, and 10 manuscripts from the American Folklife Center's Coal River Folklife Project (1992-99) documenting traditional uses of the mountains in Southern West Virginia's Big Coal River Valley.
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. A number of these items contain manuscript annotations not recorded elsewhere that offer insight into the delicate process of creating consensus.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Here are some of the new words and phrases now included:
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
The White House may be one of the most facinating homes anywhere. This small book about the White House in the Libraries' Government Documents collection (call no. Y 3.H 62/4: 8 W 58) will appeal to anyone interested in history, politics, landscaping, or art. Included are many color photographs showing both the exterior and interior rooms at different times in history. The book also includes sketches of the White House after it was partially burned by the British during the War of 1812. Cut-away sketches of the building show rooms that vistors see during public tours.
The decor of the White House has changed with the tastes of its occupants and the fashions of the period. For example, there are photographs of the East Room as it looked during Andrew Johnson's term (1865-1869) and the room's subsequent remodeling in 1873 by Ulysses S. Grant in a Greek-inspired style critics ridiculed as "steamboat Gothic." "The White House: An Historic Guide" is a fascinating look at one of the world's best-known homes.
Friday, October 28, 2005
From Steve Beleu, U.S. Government Information Librarian at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries:
"On December 6th Metrodocs (the group of Federal Depository libraries in the Oklahoma City area) will host a free 4-hour afternoon workshop from 1:00 to 5:00 at the University of Central Oklahoma's Max Chambers Library. This event will be co-hosted by the Oklahoma Health Sciences Library Association.
Titled Consumer Health: An Evidence Based Approach to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it is designed to give attendees an understanding of the history and practice of alternative medicine. This is an Internet-based workshop in which each attendee will use a computer in their Library Instruction room. The workshop is free, but you must be registered to attend.
Who can attend: all library workers, hospital and health clinic staff, university and college staff, anyone engaged in providing complementary and alternative medicine, and the general public. Although this workshop is designed for librarians, anyone interested in Complementary and Alternative Medicine will learn from it.
Our instructor will be Karen Vargas, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.Here is a website where you can read more about this workshop--http://nnlm.gov/scr/edn/cam.htm
To register, please send your name and the name of your library/institution to firstname.lastname@example.org"
We are pleased to report that Elora Brianna Johnson arrived on Oct. 19, 2005. She is the bouncing, beautiful baby girl of our SECTP Librarian Adriana Edwards-Johnson and her husband Anthony. Mom and baby are doing fine.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
Congratulations, Mary and Janice!
Monday, October 17, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
If you have previously borrowed a disk and are finished with it, or you find one of the Library's disks, please return to the Circulation Desk. You can identify them by the label, which says: SWOSU LIBRARY - PLEASE RETURN AFTER USE - THANK YOU.
As soon as disks return, we'll be able to resume loans.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
After September 11/2001, many Americans were frantically searching for loved ones who were missing or injured. Fences near gound zero were covered with photos and flyers of the missing.
Since that time, there was a proposal to expand the role of U.S. libraries in providing crisis information dissemination and management. NCLIS (U.S. National Commission and Information Science) was the logical outcome since there are more than 16,000 public libraries and over 95% of all library locatins have Internet access.
After hurricane Katrina, refugees were rescued and dispersed all over the United States. During this time, many were separated from their children or immediate families. Free access to Internet websites from public libraries enabled hundreds of family members to be reunited.
This CD was narrated by Walter Cronkite and provides a plethora of additional government links and information. Just another reason that libraries are important to America and Americans. Link: http://www.nclis.gov/index.cfm
Monday, October 03, 2005
Here are some points to ponder about Facebook -- be sure to read the entire article to get the full story!
- Facebook sells your information to spammers. This means increased spam to your email accounts and perhaps a greater chance for identity theft.
- Statements made on Facebook can be followed up by University administrators. Last year, three students had to face the University of Mississippi’s judicial system after campus police officers found out they had created a group on the Facebook that pertained to a specific professor.
- Federal officials monitor Facebook. A student at the University of Oklahoma was investigated by the Secret Service after posting a comment about assassinating the president on the Facebook group: “Bush Sucks.”
Also, note that potential employers look at these sites as well and anything you post could impact your career once you graduate.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Located in front of the circulation desk, check out spine-tingling stories and fun-facts about the holiday.
For more spooktacular fun, visit the ghostcam at the Willard Library and see if you can catch a peek at the famous "Lady in Grey."
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
It just goes to show that you never now what's hiding in your library's basement!
Friday, September 23, 2005
Go DAWGS, beat the Texans!
Thursday, September 22, 2005
"Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma' is a statewide activity which invites the people of Oklahoma to examine our state's unique history, experience it's diverse heritage, and explore its promising future by reading and discussing notable and important works about the Sooner State.
A special committe nominated 6 books (with Oklahoma content) written by Oklahomans. After perusing, please vote for your favorite book on the link below. See our display at the library today.
Teachers can find a discussion guide also located on the link below. Have some fun.. Read!
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
This week's Newsweek reports that a number of college campuses are installing internet-based laundry systems.
No, you can't actually have your computer wash your dirty socks, but you can get an email or text message when your spin cycle is complete, or study a two-week usage chart to determine the best no-wait times for a machine.
Read the article here, or stop by the current periodicals section in the library's reference area to read the latest issue of Newsweek.
Monday, September 19, 2005
For some quick facts on the Hispanic culture, click here.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
One of the most interesting new books received each year in Government Documents in the Al Harris Library is "The World Factbook" by the Central Intelligence Agency. This little gem is packed with information about most countries of the world. Information for each country includes: maps, historical background, geographic coordinates, area, how much coastline, bordering countries, territorial claim of ocean (miles or km) from coast, climate, terrain, elevation extremes, natural resources, % arable land, % irrigated land, natural hazzards, current environmental issues & international agreements. People info includes: population, sex ratio, death rate, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy. Data on government and economy includes: current account balance, fixed investment, public debt, and reserves of foreign exchange and gold. If you are planning on visiting a foreign country or writing a report - check this book out first. Click on the following to see the website: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS552
Friday, September 02, 2005
The Organizational Fair was great this year! We talked to lots of students about the library and what we have to offer. We also had a drawing at the Organizational Fair for one lucky person to win two free weeks of tanning from Body Active (thanks to Body Active for their generous donation!). We are pleased to announce the winner, Ms. Vickie Dean! After the Organization Fair, library tours were offered to let students get to know the library better. If you missed out but are still interested in coming over for a tour, call Kristi at 774-7113 and we’ll show you around!
To help celebrate Constitution Day (September 16), the Al Harris Library has a new display at the North end of the entryway. This display isn't big and splashy in a Hollywood way, but a replica of the United States Constitution and several library books on the subject are shown. There is also a booklet which lists questions and answers about the subject (which might be useful for teachers or teaching students). Take a look next time you're in the Library! An interesting link is an article on the Constitution in the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution.html
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
- CNN Special Report: Hurricane Season
- WWLTV Katrina Blog
- New Orleans Times-Picayune
- National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center
- Yahoo! News Full Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
- New Orleans by satellite (pre-Katrina)
- The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
- Storm Names
Monday, August 29, 2005
- 7 million school children speak Spanish at home
- The average nation tuition for one year at a college and university is $10,660
- In 2004, $6 million was spent on back to school shopping
- 54.6 million is the projected number of students to be enrolled in the nation's elementary and high schools this fall
Thursday, August 25, 2005
To search the collections of the National Archives use the Archival Research Catalog and the Access to Archival Databases.
Also, America's Historical Documents continues to provide access to the country's most influencial and famous written texts such as, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclaimation.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
For the full report, read Teens and Technology: Youth are Leading the Transition to a Fully Wired and Mobile Nation.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Within this report, historical information can be found for Muscogee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Monday, July 18, 2005
In 2001, the number of days people spent fishing in freshwater lakes and ponds was 443,247,000 and the number of days spent fishing from a boat was 190,796,000. The price tag attached to these activities were $127,803,000 for boat-launch fees and $1,259,753,000 for boat fuel.
The complete national survey can be found by clicking here.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
On a typical day at the end of 2004, some 70 million American adults logged onto the Internet to engage in a variety of activities. That represents a 37% increase from the 51 million Americans who were online on an average day in 2000.
To read this statistical report of the changes in American life, click here.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
For the full survey, please click here.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Drawn from more than 25 sources, mostly federal reports and surveys, this booklet presents a history of federal legislation and national standards affecting school library media centers and key characteristics of school libraries at the national level, from 1953–54 to1999–2000. This booklet is based on the report Fifty Years of SupportingChildren’s Learning: A History of Public School Libraries and FederalLegislation from 1953–2000.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
The report indicates the use of computers and the Internet by children is increasing rapidly. Some factors included into this report are the parent's education level, family income level, ethnicity, and comparison of children and adult usage of computers and the Internet.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Live 8 is a worldwide concert event that will bring together 150 musicians and entertainers in 10 different cities around the world to raise public awareness of third world debt and poverty. Live 8 wants to influence the world leaders attending the G8 Summit to forgive all debt and to increase aid and support for Africa.
Did you know July is National Hot Dog Month?
It is estimated that 155 million hot dogs will be consumed during the Independence Day weekend.
Did you know July is Fireworks Safety Month?
In 2003, four persons died and an estimated 9,300 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. For more facts about fireworks-related injuries, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has created the following factsheet.
Did you know the U.S. imports American Flags from China?
Star-Mangled Banner, an entertaining tribute to controversial and botched renditions of our national anthem.
© 2005 Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease.
© National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and U.S. Census Bureau
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Open CRS links to more than a half-dozen existing collections of nearly 8,000 reports from the Congressional Research Service. According to Open CRS, american taxpayers spend nearly $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
For summary of report, click here.
For the full report, click here.
Monday, June 27, 2005
1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" Gone With the Wind (1939)
2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather (1972)
4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz (1939)
5. "Here's looking at you, kid." Casablanca (1942)
6. "Go ahead, make my day." Sudden Impact (1983)
8. "May the Force be with you." Star Wars (1977)
10. "You talking to me?" Taxi Driver (1976)
15. "E.T. phone home." E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
22. "Bond. James Bond." Dr. No (1962)
26. "Show me the money!" Jerry Maguire (1996)
29. "You can't handle the truth!" A Few Good Men (1992)
44. "I see dead people." The Sixth Sense (1999)
54. "There's no crying in baseball!" A League of Their Own (1992)
68. "Here's Johnny!" The Shining (1980)
76. "Hasta la vista, baby." Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
80. "Yo, Adrian!" Rocky (1976)
85. "My precious." The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (2002)
94. "I feel the need-the need for speed!" Top Gun (1986)
100. "I'm king of the world!" Titanic (1997)
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Their latest reports have been compiled on Iran and China. Each of the studies includes a press release which provides a summary of their investigation findings and a full report which includes details of Internet infrastructure, media regulations, testing methodology and analysis.
The website includes reports on Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
In January 2006, a new Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Part D) will take effect, providing a prescription drug benefit to seniors and persons with disabilities who have Medicare coverage. Under this new program, Medicare beneficiaries who meet limited income and asset limits may be eligible to receive financial help which reduces or eliminates the monthly premium and significantly lowers the co-payment for prescription drugs.
From June through August 2005, Medicare beneficiaries who may be eligible for the extra help will be mailed an Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (Form SSA-1020). If you receive an application you should complete and return it as soon as possible. If you do not receive an application in the mail or do not want to wait, you can get one by calling at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Beginning July 1, 2005, you can also apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Have questions about basic aspects of social security or reform issues? Please consult this guide for further information.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The report shows that America’s adults performed worse than their counterparts in Bermuda, Norway, and Switzerland, but better than those in Italy. There was no measurable difference between the performance of Canadian and U.S. adults. ALL reports on the literacy and numeracy skills of adults ages 16-65 in six countries.
Men outscored women on the numeracy scale in every country. In the United States, men scored 15 points higher than women on the literacy scale. White U.S. adults outscored Black, Hispanic, and other adults in both literacy and numeracy. There was no measurable difference between the performance of Blacks and Hispanics in literacy or numeracy.
Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2002-03
Released by the National Center of Education Statistics, this National Public Education Financial Survey is to provide district, state, and federal policymakers, researchers, and other interested users with descriptive information about revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary education.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
It is observed across the country by displaying the American Flag on homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this day include flag-raising ceremonies, singing of the national anthem, and the study of flag etiquette and the flag's origin and meaning.
"Flag Day, June 14" Henderson, Helene, ed. Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. 3rd ed. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2005. Ref 394.26 H732
For more information about the observance of this day, please visit the website of the National Flag Day Foundation.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Wind Shear- an abrupt change in wind speed or direction which can occur at any altitude
Squall Line- unbroken line of thunderstorms that form over or ahead of fast-moving cold fronts which often produce strong straight-line winds and hail
Gust Front- is the leading edge of the cold, low-level outflow from a thunderstorm which often produces strong, gusty winds and a sudden drop temperature
Gustnado- a short-lived, circulating funnel occuring in the gust front that rarely produces damage
For more meteorological information like this, consult the following reference resource:
Schneider, Stephen H., ed. Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Ref 551.503 En195
Friday, June 10, 2005
The maps were from Rochambeau's personal collection, cover much of eastern North America, and date from 1717 to 1795. The maps show Revolutionary-era military actions, some of which were published in England and France, and early state maps from the 1790s. Many of the items in this extraordinary group of maps show the importance of cartographic materials in the campaigns of the American Revolution as well as Rochambeau's continuing interest in the new United States.
The collection consists of 40 manuscript and 26 printed maps, and a manuscript atlas, the originals of which are in the Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
For the full press release, click here.
For the statistical data, click here.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Each compound is displayed with a visual representation of its structure and includes cross-referenced links into bioactivity, protein structures, toxicology, MeSH annotations, related and similar compounds.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Created in 1995, this constantly growing resource of more than 76,000 biographies, 778,900 albums and 260,700 album reviews, provides information on popular artists as well as historic entertainers in a variety of genres. Each artist is presented with an overview, biography, discography, song index with audio capability, collaborations, and awards.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
The projections were produced for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia by age and sex for the years 2001 to 2030, based on Census 2000 results, and the general assumption that recent state-specific trends in fertility, mortality, domestic migration, and international migration will continue.
Monday, May 02, 2005
Using data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the group found that the number of counties in which unhealthy air was recorded fell significantly for the first time in six years, to 390 from 441 in last year's report. The new report covered 2001 to 2003, while the previous one analyzed pollution levels from 2000 to 2002.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
It reports on these health characteristics: basic demographic data, such as race, education, age, income, poverty status, and having health insurance; health behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, physical activity, and overweight status; health care utilization, such as the use of doctor's offices or HMOs, and non-use of healthcare facilities due to high health care costs; health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and deafness; mental health status, such as feelings of depression, distress, and hopelessness; and respondent-assessed overall health status.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Under TV Facts & Figures, this website provides fact sheets, famous quotes, and documented research. The information presented is accompanied by bibliographies that include newspapers, magazines, websites, reports, and government information.
Friday, April 22, 2005
A description from the website:
The bulk of the resources are from the United States, there are international entries as well. Resources include such items as U.S. Congressional Hearings and Resolutions, Federal Agency reports, transcripts of press conferences and briefings, USAID Fact Sheets, legislation, news releases and Presidential Communications, as well as texts of United Nations Security Council Resolutions, the Geneva Conventions and Protcols, selected international treaties and information on governance post Saddam Hussein including regulations, memoranda, orders and public notices from the Coalition Provisional Authority as well as resources of the Iraqi national elections on January 30, 2005 and information on the Iraqi Transitional Government.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Friday, April 08, 2005
Because of the recent passing of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican created a historical chronology of the Pope John Paul's life from 1978-2005. Each year's entry is subdivided into four areas: Words of the Holy Father, Videos, Travel, and Events.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
The Comission was created by Executive Order 13328 on February 6, 2004 and charged with the responsiblity of assessing whether the Intelligence Community is sufficiently authorized, organized, equipped, trained and resourced to identify and warn the United States of potential threats associated with WMDs.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
The James Madison Papers include approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. This digital archive about the "Father of the Constitution" includes correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts.
Monday, April 04, 2005
The National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, is responsible for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.
Friday, April 01, 2005
Ancient cultures, including those as varied as the Romans and the Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. Many countries, however, resisted the change. In fact, some European countries held out for centuries (Scotland until 1660; Germany, Denmark, and Norway until 1700; and England until 1752).
In 1564 France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. However, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false.
In 1752, Great Britain finally changed over to the Gregorian Calendar, and April Fool's Day began to be celebrated in England and in the American colonies.
Pranks and jokes are of course still popular on this day—not to mention the rest of the year.
"April Fool's Day: Origin and History."
Infoplease.© 2000–2005 Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease.01 Apr. 2005 http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Some interesting data...
- 84% of Internet users have used search engines.
- 88% of men who are Internet users have used search engines.
- 79% of women who are Internet users have used search engines.
- 89% of Internet users under 30 years have used search engines, compared to 85% of those 30-49 years, 79% of those 50-64 years, 67% of those over 65 years.
For the full report: http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Searchengine_users.pdf
Thursday, March 24, 2005
P. Ballew, Shattuck
T. Cannady, Oklahoma City
B. Fentress, Oklahoma City
M. Foor, Norman
B. Hanes, Stillwater
D. Hollander, Guthrie
D. Howell, Midwest City
R. Kerby, Vinita
R. Murphy, Oklahoma City
W. Roos, Oklahoma City
B. Seabourn, Warr Acres
B. Shaw, Norman
L. Taylor, Hinton
L. Wilcoxson, Oklahoma City
The purpose of the Oklahoma Watercolor Association is to encourage the recognition of the State of Oklahoma as a center of artistic endeavor and to educate its artists in water media. This is facilitated through programs, seminars, demonstrations, workshops, critiques, exhibitions, sketching opportunities and other work pertaining to water media.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information, please contact the Oklahoma Arts Council's curatorial staff at 405.521.2931 or visit their website at www.arts.ok.gov.
(Excerpt from the February 1, 2005 issue of Library Journal)
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, is ramping up The Vietnam Project with several massive digitization initiatives that will make major resources far more accessible. Launched in 1989, the project consists of two units, The Vietnam Center and The Virtual Vietnam Archive, along with smaller subdivisions: The Oral History Project, The Vietnam Archive, and The Teachers' Resource Web. "We have over two million pages online. When you add the eight to 12 million pages of microfilm materials we have, we're looking at a potential digital archive of anywhere between 20 and 25 million pages," associate director and archivist Steve Maxner told LJ.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
This project's primary focus is on first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from:
World War I (1914-1920)
World War II (1939-1946)
Korean War (1950-1955)
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)
In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.
Monday, March 21, 2005
CONDITIONS OF USE
NYPL Digital Gallery is a free service from The New York Public Library offering hundreds of thousands of digital images of historical materials from the Research Libraries' original, rare and specialized holdings. NYPL provides free and open access to its Digital Gallery and images may be freely downloaded for personal, research and study purposes only.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Wind Energy Technology by the U.S. Dept. of Energy
FAQ About Wind Energy by the American Wind Energy Association
FPL Energy Press Release about the Weatherford Wind Energy Center
Wind Project Database: Oklahoma
Weatherford Wind Energy Center Snapshot
Friday, January 28, 2005
The nation's 12 presidential libraries will be honored on a postage stamp to be issued next summer, the Postal Service said Friday. First day of issue ceremonies will be held at the various libraries and at President Ford's separate museum on Aug. 4, the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act.
The stamp will show the seal of the presidency against a cream-colored background.
"Presidential Libraries, as democratic institutions, are critical to an open society in that they allow Americans access to papers and other materials not available thorough traditional libraries," said Postmaster General John E. Potter.
Ceremonies will be Aug. 4 at:
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, TX
Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, Atlanta, GA
William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene, KS
Gerald R. Ford Library, Ann Arbor, MI
Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, West Branch, IA
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, TX
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston, MA
Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, CA
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, CA
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, MO