Category Archives: Inquiry Resources
It’s Armistice- Remembrance Day. There are few teachers more humble than I during this Holiday. My uncle and namesake, lies buried in Italy, killed at age 20. My father(1917-1983) was a four year veteran of the Europe campaign. (For another post ) We should also remind ourselves that war has many faces and textures. While we honour memories of Canadians who sacrificed their lives, or their youth, in the cause to suppress tyranny, war is found in our nation’s collective persona in other ways too. It brings out our values, prejudices and political character. History and libraries and archives preserve these records so others may learn from the past. Librarians archive those items that others perceive as old junk or protect what some people wish would simply be forgotten. Isn’t it wonderful that things aren’t just thrown out into the dumpster because they are old? Isn’t it special that someone cares for our collective soul enough to make it a life work to curate our nations past. Sometimes ugly. Sometimes heroic. Libraries and their librarians or archivist serve our needs when our consumerism mania cherishes only the new. Be thankful we had courageous photojournalist scrambling in the mud, next to our soldiers, documenting the unequivocal truth of war.
Support your local and national libraries. Support your local veterans. Support your Red Cross. Learn about the past because it isn’t just a human story, it’s an inoculation against future foolishness- even if only just one- you.
Lest we forget. Nov. 11th.
(ALA) For Memorial Day, a World War I poster from our collection of world war posters: “Knowledge Wins…Public Library Books are Free”. This is one of several posters commissioned by the American Library Association. This particular poster was designed by Daniel Stevens, an American illustrator originally from Philadelphia, who was best known for his depiction of Western Americana scenes. During WWI, ALA created the War Service Committee, which established more than 30 libraries at training facilities and other encampments for soldiers.
Equipment on the Beach at Normandy. The Normandy campaign became a brutal battle of attrition. The Allies tried to push inland. The Germans, holding the high ground, tried to throw them back into the sea. Both sides suffered terrible casualties. Progress was frustratingly slow, and battles often ended in stalemates.(George Metcalf Archival Collection)
Canadian Troops in Campochiaro. Under sniper fire, personnel of the Carleton and York Regiment advance up the steep main street of the mountain village of Campochiaro, Italy, 21 October 1943.
(Library and Archives Canada, )
British Columbia, 1940. Canadians enlisted by the thousands when Canada declared war on Germany on 10 September 1939. The Canadian military grew to over 60,000 members in less than one month and individual regiments had little difficulty recruiting. Virtually each one represented a new family separated by war.(Library and Archives Canada)
“Knowledge Wins–American Library Association Advocacy during World War I.” – Pictures & Conversations. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.
“Remembrance Day Toolkit.” Canadian War Museum – Remembrance Day Toolkit. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. .
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It isn’t free. Maybe you can find something but I prefer the integrity and integration this CANADIAN company provides. I bought a 1Password for multiple platforms and the iOS app because I’m online for personal and work reasons on multiple machines and devices and as a librarian frequently use accounts and online purchases. I can pop from work PC to iPad to my iPhone and back home to my iMac and back and have my accounts and passwords- old and new sync safely. It took me awhile to clean up my accounts and reload them but AgileBits browser extensions make it pretty elegant. Your can manage multiple profiles, enter text, logins, credit cards….
1Password is a comprehensive package and Agilebits offers other products and purchase options.
It is SPorts Illustrated magazine swimsuit edition season. The magazine that launches model’s careers and often finds itself in hot water because of stereotyping is in the pot again. Should primitive villagers be in shots with supermodels, half-naked or not? What has a NY fashion model have to do with hunting in the desert anyway? Nothing? What is your thought? Exploitation? Or just silly fun? Read more at Huffingtonpost>
The second controversial shot, featuring Emily DiDonato in an African desert, also include a tribal-looking, half-naked man carrying a spear:
These shots tap into the West’s past obsession/fetishization with so-called savages, jungle comics and the like. Again: In a visit to seven continents, this image is what Sports Illustrated is using to represent the continent of Africa.
David Leonard, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, told Yahoo! Shine he understands why some might find the pictures offensive.
“These photos depict people of color as exotic backdrops,” Leonard said. “Beyond functioning as props, as scenery to authenticate their third world adventures, people of color are imagined as servants, as the loyal helpers, as existing for white western pleasure, amusement, and enjoyment.”(Huffingtonpost)
When did my daughter get more literate than I am?
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jan. 19 2013, 8:00 AM EST
Last updated Sunday, Jan. 20 2013, 4:03 PM EST
At this point, my daughter, a second-year McGill University literature and art-history major, perked up: “Herrick? The poet?”
“No,” I countered. “Herring. The painter.”
“Oh,” she said. “Because there is a poet named Herrick.”
“Yes, I know.”
She looked at me. “Have you read Herrick?”
“Yes,” I said. “Of course.”(Globe and Mail)
|Open Culture (@openculture)|
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James Franco writes poem for the inauguration. Read “Obama in Asheville,” cultr.me/VlDOgP
James Franco is an actor and writer. He is the author of the poetry chapbook “Strongest of the Litter” and the short story collection “Palo Alto.” His poetry collection, “Directing Herbert White,” is scheduled to be published next year. He received a Best Actor nomination in 2011 for his role in “127 Hours.”
Obama in Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina, is the birthplace of Thomas
Wolfe and the sometime residence of F. Scott Fitzgerald
When he visited Zelda at her institution;
He stayed at the Grove Park Inn, a grand stone edifice.
On the phone once, Cormac McCarthy lamented
The two added wings and the spa, and marveled
At the original structure, They pulled the stones
From the mountains and brought them down on mules.