Filmmaker unearths historical treasures in home movies | PBS NewsHour Weekend

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Rick Prelinger produces a film series called “Lost Landscapes,” montages that present city life across 100 years. These portraits tell hidden histories of American cities through the most personal of lenses: home movies. So far, he’s presented films about San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports.

Source: Filmmaker unearths historical treasures in home movies | PBS NewsHour Weekend

‘Lost’ book of Cuban botany drawings rediscovered after 190 years

Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a species of flowering shrub found in the tropics and subtropics of the Americas. This drawing of the plant, seen in the archives of the Rare and Manuscript…Photograph by Robert Clark
Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a species of flowering shrub found in the tropics and subtropics of the Americas. This drawing of the plant, seen in the archives of the Rare and Manuscript… Photograph by Robert Clark

Decades of searching uncovered the brilliantly illustrated plants and detailed notes made by a U.S. woman living in Cuba in the 1800s.

Source: ‘Lost’ book of Cuban botany drawings rediscovered after 190 years

Libraries Use Cloud and Other Tech to Reimagine Traditional Services | EdTech Magazine

An Amazon Echo Show helps visually impaired students use the library catalog at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Photography by: Peter Taylor.
An Amazon Echo Show helps visually impaired students use the library catalog at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Photography by: Peter Taylor.

From cloud services to smart assistants, campus libraries are rewriting the book on innovation.

“A few years ago, for example, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library moved all its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. It has never looked back, says Bob Price, the library’s associate dean of technology and digital strategies.”

Source: Libraries Use Cloud and Other Tech to Reimagine Traditional Services | EdTech Magazine

In Praise of Public Libraries | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

Haizhan Zheng/Getty Images Bates Hall, the reading room at the Boston Public Library, 2017
Haizhan Zheng/Getty Images Bates Hall, the reading room at the Boston Public Library, 2017

 

A public library is predicated on an ethos of sharing and egalitarianism. It is nonjudgmental. It stands in stark opposition to the materialism and individualism that otherwise define our culture. It is defiantly, proudly, communal. The sociologist Eric Klinenberg reminds us that libraries were once called palaces for the people. Klinenberg is interested in the ways that common spaces can repair our fractious and polarized civic life. And though he argues in his new book that playgrounds, sporting clubs, diners, parks, farmer’s markets, and churches—anything, really, that puts people in close contact with one another—have the capacity to strengthen what Tocqueville called the cross-cutting ties that bind us to those who in many ways are different from us, he suggests that libraries may be the most effective.

Source: In Praise of Public Libraries | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

Here’s a Searchable Version of the Redacted Mueller Report | Washingtonian (DC)

Today’s release of the Mueller report, redacted by the US Justice Department, was followed for many by the sinking realization that the document was both

Source: Here’s a Searchable Version of the Redacted Mueller Report | Washingtonian (DC)