July 24, 2012

At Libraries, Quiet Makes a Comeback

In an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education posted in Academica's Top Ten - Mon July 23, 2012 we hear that quiet is making a comeback at campus libraries. Library quiet is making a comeback on college campuses in part because students themselves are asking for it; they are often the first to bring up noise issues in the library, to ask for more quiet spots, and to police those spaces themselves. At Huntingdon College's library, the most popular room is not a fully wired collaborative space but a small room designed to look like an old-fashioned study. The library has a special role to play in helping students find calm, says an official with Georgia State University's library. "There's a lot of hustle and bustle," he says. "Sometimes students just need to go somewhere and decompress. They need to go somewhere and think. We may be the only place on campus that can provide that."

July 09, 2012

Canadiana (Early Canadiana Online) Bulletin - June 2012

This month marks the return of Canadiana's Bulletin. This monthly publication is not meant to replace the quarterly Newsletter, but rather to keep members informed of ongoing activities and events.

Canadiana launches War of 1812 Digital Collection 
On June 25 Canadiana announced a national search portal commemorating the War of 1812. This open-access resource collects historical documents and artifacts related to the war, including rare or unique books, maps, memoirs and military correspondence. Also featured are images of War of 1812 artefacts contributed by our partners at Parks Canada. 
The collection will grow over the next two years as more items are added from our own collection and as additional contributions reach us from partner organizations. Please contact us would like to add relevant items to this collection.

New additions to Early Canadiana Online
Each month, Early Canadiana Online expands its collections as hundreds of titles pass through the scanning room. Recent additions worthy of note include:

·  The Trinity College student publication, Rouge et noir. The great Canadian poet, Archibald Lampman, contributed some of his earliest writings to this magazine. His first published poem, “Verses” appeared in the Feb. 1882 issue.

· The Listening postThe BrazierThe Rouelles camp magazine, and In & out.  With these four titles, we continue to add to our collection of “trench journals” and other magazines relating to the First World War.

· Ayamiaywatikom mawnitosaykaekan = La croix de Ste Anne and La croix = Ayamiaywatik. Published mostly in Cree syllabics, (with some French and English text), these were primarily religious journals with interesting descriptions of Cree life.

·  Le Figaro and Le charivari. Two humorous French-Canadian magazines. In the second half of the 19th century, mounting political and religious debates in Quebec produced a boom in satirical magazines catering to the new literate middle classes. There are currently 35 such magazines in ECO.