Thursday, March 31, 2005

Pew Report on Search Engine User Confidence

Internet searchers are confident, satisfied and trusting---but they are also unaware and naïve.
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:

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Oklahoma Watercolor Association XIX Exhibition Arrives

This traveling exhibit from the Oklahoma Watercolor Association consists of fabulous artwork created by Oklahoma artists. The artists are selected from entries in the OWA’s juried event. The traveling exhibit visits only ten locations within the state each year. The traveling exhibit is currently on display in the Al Harris Library. It consists of 18 works of art from the following artists:

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

The Vietnam Project, a Digital Archive at Texas Tech University

The Vietnam Project provides online access to primary sources, images and other material about the American Vietnam experience.

(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

Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project is a project of the American Folklore Center of the Library of Congress. The stories are not a formal history of war, but a treasure trove of individual feeling and personal recollections.

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

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

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

Notice Anything New in the Weatherford Skyline?

Large sentinels of technology are appearing to the south of Weatherford and it provides a local opportunity to investigate wind power and the use of environment-friendly energy.

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