Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.
According to the Library of Congress (from the American Memory Project), "the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, bringing World War I to a close. Between the wars, November 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France. After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars."
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Sponsored by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award winners are selected in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The National Book Award began in 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the 1st annual National Book Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their goal was to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans and to increase the popularity of reading in general. If you would like to find out more about the National Book Awards, please go to http://www.nationalbook.org/.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
It is difficult to imagine a world without photography. We wouldn't have family photographs, movies, or a driver's license with our worst possible mug shot.
The ancient Chinese and Greeks used a camera obscura to form images via a tiny pinhole, but no one figured out how to save a permanent image until around 1816. Frenchman Nicephore Niepce combined the obscura with photosensitive paper to create the first permanent photograph.
The first photograph to contain a human was a photograph of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris taken by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre in 1839. It was actually a busy street scene with people and horse-drawn carriages. However, since it took almost twenty minutes to take the photo, only one man standing still getting his boots shined actually made it into the finished photograph.
Come by the Al Harris Library on campus to take a look at the current display on photography. The display shows a few famous photographs, a timeline history of photography, and a plethora of books, CDs, and VHS tapes on almost every aspect of this subject. Also included is a scenario of what photography may be like in 2060.
Monday, October 03, 2011
"The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our responsibility." The theme for this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month describes the need for every Internet user to be mindful of dangers, such as identity theft, and to always use appropriate precautions to prevent becoming a victim. See the display at the front of the library for books you can check out that will inform you of the many issues and solutions in Cyber Security.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
American Routes ~ JJ Cale and Cedric Watson
Thursday, September 08, 2011
|List of Talents|
The blues, along with jazz, of which it is an essential part, is one of the most significant US musical forms of the twentieth century. Emerging in the rural South around the turn of the century and first recorded in the early 1920s, the musical form’s characteristic feature is of a direct lyrical confrontation with the joys and hardships of individual existence.
A literary and musical form…a fusion of music and poetry accomplished at a very high emotional temperature…these are different ways of describing the same thing. A gigantic field of feeling…that’s a way of describing something enduring, something that could be limitless. How much thought can be hidden in a few short lines…how much history can be transmitted by the pressure on a guitar string? The thought of generations, the history of every human being who’s ever felt the blues come down like rain.
-Palmer, R. (1981). Deep Blues. NYC: Penguin.
The Al Harris Library is hosting a new display on Blues Music. Stop by, take a look, take a listen.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Are you new to Oklahoma? A returning student who wants to know more about their home state? Voices of Oklahoma, a new website founded by John Erling, long time radio voice for Tulsa's KRMG, includes hundreds of wide-ranging recorded interviews from famous Oklahomans and ordinary citizens, "first-person accounts of the way life was" in Oklahoma and the rest of the world.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Why did Hitler cause 11 million to die? Hitler came to power in 1933 during severe economic hardship following the defeat in WWI. He used propaganda techniques to convince the German people that he would use military actions to restore Germany to a position of power. Greed was a primary factor (Hitler's Beneficiaries and Hell's Cartel).
1945....sixty-six years after the liberation of the concentration camps, there are those who deny the Holocaust happened (Denying the Holocaust). The library has both fiction and non-fiction books and videos on "The Holocaust". Clara's War is a story about fifteen people who survived two years in a dugout under the house of the Jewish family's housekeeper and her anti-Semitic husband. I want to read Upon the Head of a Goat, The Shawl, The Red Magician and The Hiding Place. Also, All Rivers Run to the Sea, Behind the Secret Window, and Child Survivors of the Holocaust are survivor stories. Stories about people who risked their lives to save the Jews....Schindler's List (both in print and video), In Search of Sugihara and The Zookeeper's Wife are available in the Al Harris Library. Summaries of the books can be found in the catalog of the library website.
Take a tour of Oklahoma’s rich Route 66 landscape and learn about our stretch of the Mother Road. Check out our Route 66 museums (one in nearby Clinton!), beautiful old bridges, the Round Barn, the giant blue whale and who can forget the Rock Café featured in Disney’s hit Cars. Stop by SWOSU libraries and check out or display featuring maps, guide books and historical narratives of Route 66. Visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Association's website here for more info.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
The International Rankings Report released in Dec. 2010 “show the United States is merely an average performer” when tested for math and science knowledge compared to other countries around the world. Development of math literacy for each college student is an important part of preparing to compete in the global market place.
Robert P. Moses is excited about mathematics education and understands the connection between mathematical skills and financial success. See his book Radical Equations: Organizing Math Literacy in America's Schools in which he argues that “math literacy is a civil right.” The book is available to you as an ebook or can be checked out from the Al Harris Library.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
One hundred and fifty years ago on April 12, 1861, shots were fired on Ft. Sumter in South Carolina. These shots marked the beginning of a war that would be fought on American soil for the next four years. The beginning of war was a fateful moment—one of the most profound in U.S. history—and in many ways it was the moment modern America was born.
The Civil War Tribute Quilt on display in the Al Harris Library was created in commemoration of this conflict. Stop by the library to look at the quilt along with the poster that provides information about the battle representations that are blocks of the quilt.
Check out the books and video resources that are also part of the display. Many new books that focus on a retrospective look at the war are included in the display. Through these resources, the reader is given the opportunity to consider the impact of this hard-fought conflict on our society today.
For a better understanding of the complexity of the Civil War, link to Civil War Timeline to see when and where the fighting took place.
Although the case is locked, ask for assistance to checkout any of the books in this case. For enthusiasts, a special replica resides in the case - Thor's hammer, the powerful Mjöllnir.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
What started out as Sal Khan making a few algebra videos for his nieces and nephews has grown to over 2000 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. Recently profiled in Bloomberg BusinessWeek report :The Math of Khan Salman Khan is the recipient of a $1.5 million donation from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All of the Khan tutorials are free and available on the web.
Monday, May 09, 2011
"Dr. Fred Gates, associate professor of history in the SWOSU Department of Social Sciences, recently appeared on OETA's weekly discussion show Oklahoma Forum hosted by Dick Pryor.
Dr. Gates was invited by OETA to participate in a round table discussion on immigration. The discussion focused on the National Issues Forum that was held across the state in public libraries to discuss the immigration issue. Dr. Gates participated in the forum held in Weatherford and was chosen to discuss the experience.
The show originally aired on May 1 but is being replayed on OETA stations throughout the month."
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Latin American cinema refers collectively to the film output and film industries of Latin America. Latin American film is both rich and diverse, but the main centers of production have been Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba.
Link on Latin Cinema for a quick review or better yet come check out the films currently on display at the Al Harris Library. Con Gusto!
Monday, May 02, 2011
Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has been killed by U.S. forces in what is being described as a surgical strike at a compound in northern Pakistan, ending one of the longest and costliest manhunts in history.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Trickster: Native American Tales features multiple Oklahomans including Greg Rodgers and is nominated in the best anthology category. Trickster: Native American Tales adapts twenty-one American Indian folklore tales. Rodgers contributed the tale "Giddy Up, Wolfie" with artist Mike Short designed the graphics for the story.
The winners will be announced on July 22 at the San Diego Comic-Con International.
SWOSU Libraries congratulates Greg Rodgers for being nominated for this pretigious award.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Earth Day Network's year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. Listen to twelve world class athletes on being Green and hear why they have chosen to become part of Earth Day Network's Athletes for the Earth.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
With the deadline for reaching an agreement just days away, it raises the question: What would a shutdown look like today? For those hoping to explore a national park or museum, those sites may be closed. Veterans could see their services curtailed. And, anyone who submits an application for a passport could find themselves having to postpone whatever foreign travel they were hoping to do this spring.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
March 8th, 2011 also marks the centennial celebration of International Women's Day! From the website:
"International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday."
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Friday, February 04, 2011
The History Makers Digital Archive of 310 African American video oral history interviews is available online for the first time on a test basis to registered users. This archive includes 14060 stories from nearly 700 hours of video.The History Makers organization and the Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project have come together to bring a trove of 310 African American video oral history interviews to the general public. The HistoryMakers group started their oral history interviews in 1999, and over the next six years they interviewed Marian Wright Edelman, Julian Bond, and other prominent individuals in the African American community.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
J.D. Salinger (January 1, 1919 - January 27, 2010), who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, he died at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years.
Mr. Salinger’s literary reputation rests on a slender but enormously influential body of published work: the novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” the collection “Nine Stories” and two compilations, each with two long stories about the fictional Glass family: “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”
“Catcher” was published in 1951, and its very first sentence, distantly echoing Mark Twain, struck a brash new note in American literature: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
The novel’s allure persists to this day, even if some of Holden’s preoccupations now seem a bit dated, and it continues to sell more than 250,000 copies a year in paperback. Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, even said the explanation for his act could be found in the pages of “The Catcher in the Rye.” In 1974 Philip Roth wrote, “The response of college students to the work of J. D. Salinger indicates that he, more than anyone else, has not turned his back on the times but, instead, has managed to put his finger on whatever struggle of significance is going on today between self and culture.”
Many critics were more admiring of “Nine Stories,” which came out in 1953 and helped shape writers like Mr. Roth, John Updike and Harold Brodkey. The stories were remarkable for their sharp social observation, their pitch-perfect dialogue (Mr. Salinger, who used italics almost as a form of musical notation, was a master not of literary speech but of speech as people actually spoke it) and the way they demolished whatever was left of the traditional architecture of the short story — the old structure of beginning, middle, end — for an architecture of emotion, in which a story could turn on a tiny alteration of mood or irony. Mr. Updike said he admired “that open-ended Zen quality they have, the way they don’t snap shut.”
Mr. Salinger also perfected the great trick of literary irony — of validating what you mean by saying less than, or even the opposite of, what you intend. Orville Prescott wrote in The New York Times in 1963, “Rarely if ever in literary history has a handful of stories aroused so much discussion, controversy, praise, denunciation, mystification and interpretation.”
As a young man Mr. Salinger yearned ardently for just this kind of attention. He bragged in college about his literary talent and ambitions, and wrote swaggering letters to Whit Burnett, the editor of Story magazine. But success, once it arrived, paled quickly for him. He told the editors of Saturday Review that he was “good and sick” of seeing his photograph on the dust jacket of “The Catcher in the Rye” and demanded that it be removed from subsequent editions. He ordered his agent to burn any fan mail. In 1953 Mr. Salinger, who had been living on East 57th Street in Manhattan, fled the literary world altogether and moved to a 90-acre compound on a wooded hillside in Cornish. He seemed to be fulfilling Holden’s desire to build himself “a little cabin somewhere with the dough I made and live there for the rest of my life,” away from “any goddam stupid conversation with anybody.”
McGrath, Charles. J.D. Salinger’s Obituary. New York Times January 28, 2010.
His body of work can be found on display in the library along with some candid pictures of him from the Getty Musuem.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This Saturday (January 15th) is the Ultimate Eagle Watch at Kaw Lake. Free refreshments and guided tours will be offered. The Kaw Nation Community Center will be offering a free luncheon including corn soup, fry bread and grape dumplings. For more information, call (580)761-1615 or (918)688-9518.
The Ultimate Eagle Watch is sponsored by Kaw Lake Association, Kaw Nation, Kaw City Chamber of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The display at the front of the library celebrates the literary achievement
of Isaac Asimov (Jan. 2, 1920-Apr. 6, 1992).
“First recognized for his fiction, Asimov became more broadly known for his books of science popularization—and for being the most prolific author of his day, with 470 published books at the time of his death.”
Gunn, J. (2007). Isaac Asimov. Magill’s Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition, Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Bird watching is fun for the whole family! It is estimated that approximately 50 million people around the country have fallen in love with bird watching. It is the most popular spectator sport in America, and with nearly 500 species of birds, Oklahoma is prime bird watching territory!
During the months of January and February in Oklahoma if you are looking for an exciting outdoor winter activity that won't break your budget and is suitable for the entire family, consider eagle watching.
Approximately 1,000 bald eagles winter in Oklahoma each year, drawn to the open lakes and rivers that don't freeze over, you can take the opportunity to watch them during their winter visit. Several state parks host eagle watching events throughout the winter.
You don't need to make a big investment in equipment to begin this exciting activity; the only things needed are a pair of binoculars, camera, warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Then pick a location for eagle watching. There are numerous locations across the state, among the possibilities are Mountain Fork River in southeastern Oklahoma, Lake Thunderbird in central Oklahoma, the Great Salt Plains Lake in the northwest and Quartz Mountain in the southwest. Search "eagle watching" on the Oklahoma Travel Web site: www.travelok.com for links to the state parks where you can see eagles, then contact the state park you want to visit to find out the dates and times of guided or self-guided eagle watching events. Most of these take place in January and February.
After you have packed your warm clothes and other gear, be sure to stop by the SWOSU Al Harris Library and check out our great selection of birding books which include the Smithsonian Field Guide to Birds of North America, The Eagle Watchers, Woodpeckers of North America and many more!