Monday, April 23, 2012

Want Congress in Your Pocket?

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has announced the Mobile Member Guide app for the 112th Congress - full biographical and contact information (plus photos!) for all House members and Senators at your fingertips!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Book in East Asia Workshop Public Events

Cynthia Brokaw, Professor of History at Brown University will deliver the opening keynote lecture on the history of the book in China on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Craig Lecture Hall.

Jonathan Zwicker, Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Michigan, will lecture on the history of the book in Japan on Saturday, April 21 at 11:45 a.m. in the same location.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spotlight on the Civil War

Check out the new Spotlight on the Collections exhibit, called First Person: Voices from the Civil War 1861-1865. We have chosen to highlight books that feature personal writings from before, during and after the war. You can find letters and other personal correspondence, diary entries, and personal accounts from soldiers and others who were on the front lines.

There is also an iPad kiosk where you can access a couple of wonderful research databases called Documenting the American South and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive. Documenting the American South provides access to texts, images and audio files related to Southern history, literature and culture, and features some pretty cool stuff including oral history interviews and North American slave narratives. Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive features books, manuscript collections and even Supreme Court records and briefs. Some of the documents included in this digital collection were supplied through a partnership with Oberlin College Archives.

These wonderful primary sources offer glimpses into what life was like during the Civil War era from several different points of view. Take some time to peek into history!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Video of Rickie Solinger Talk Available

In case you missed it live, you can catch historian Rickie Solinger's talk on the "Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography" exhibit.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Oberlin Public Library Book Sale

The Oberlin Public Library will hold a book sale from April 18-22nd. You'll find bargains of all kinds - children's books, cookbooks, fiction, mysteries, reference books - most books priced at $.50 or $1.

Wednesday, April 18, 5p-8p Friends’ Pre-Sale (New members can join at the door)
Thursday, April 19, 10a-8p
Friday, April 20, 10a-5p $5/bag starting noon
Saturday, April 21, 10a-5p All items half price
Sunday, April 22, 1p-3:30p All items ten cents!

Don't miss it!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Doing Research?

We'd love to help! Reference librarians are standing by, ready to assist. Sign up for a research appointment and we'll work with you on devising search strategies, finding appropriate sources, formatting citations - the works!

Monday, April 02, 2012

1940s Census Records Released

Today the National Archives and Records Administration releases the individual records from the 1940 Census. Taken after the Great Depression and before the U.S. entered World War II, this data provides a snapshot of America at a momentous time in our history.

In anticipation of the release, the Census Bureau prepared a special Profile America: Facts for Features edition that compares figures from 1940 with the 2010 Census.

Rickie Solinger to Speak about the Current Photo Exhibition

Independent social historian Rickie Solinger will give a talk about "Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography" on Tuesday, April 3 at 4:30 pm in the Moffett Auditorium. The traveling exhibition will be on view through Friday, April 27.