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Our friend Rick Britton is offering a class through the Charlottesville Senior Center entitled "Tales of the University: Great Names & Events in U.Va.'s Early History." Details are as follows: Introduction— The beautiful University of Virginia is truly a special gem among institutions of higher...More >>
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At the recent Virginia Library Association conferenece, we were honored by the presence of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, or at least their Washington Nationals "Racing Presidents" incarnations. I was pleased to link arms with these august personages, and I was most impressed by their...More >>
A friend recently commented to me that she enjoys the feel of books' paper pages as a tactile treat -- even though so many millions of pages have been converted to digital facsimiles and can be readily accessed via the Internet. The case in point was John P. Foley's Jeffersonian Cyclopedia ,...More >>
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Since 1994 the Scout Report has listed and annotated praiseworthy websites of interest to librarians, teachers, students, and scholars. Here's one that we will add to our Thomas Jefferson Portal research database: Creating the United States . More info:More >>
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I received the following update notification just now from Oxford University Press regarding the African American Studies Center fulltext file to which we subscribe. Note: this is a restricted access service available only to computer users at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation OR at any other institution with a paid subscription to this resource. Dear Jack Robertson - Thomas Jefferson Foundation,More >>
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Two gentlemen, Will Thomas and Doug Seefeldt, who helped develop content and programs in digital history at the University of Virginia’s Virginia Center for Digital History — http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/index.php?page=VCDH – are now in charge of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, History...More >>
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Reading a recent New York Times article on the future of reading and video games was interesting. Many people are struggling with the questions of how video games affect reading and how games are trying to help non-readers read more in their lives. Jefferson, of course, did not have to face the...More >>
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Melissa Renspie, Senior Communications Officer at OCLC, reports that, "our latest publication, a report on library, archive and museum collaboration by our contractor, Diane Zorich, and Program Officers Günter Waibel and Ricky Erway, "Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration Among Libraries, Archives and Museums," (.pdf: 334K/59pp) is now available on the RLG Programs Web site at http://www.oclc.org/programs/publications/reports/2008-05.pdf .More >>
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An interesting article about Clay Jenkinson's 2006 appearance on the Colbert Report, along with two other prominent Thomas Jefferson interpreters, is online here ...along with Clay's apology to TJ for appearing on the show, and TJ's response (he's over it!).More >>
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The next program in the Virginia Heritage Resource Center's Mining the Treasure House lecture series will be held at noon on Tuesday, 16 September 2008 in the conference rooms adjacent to the lobby of the Library of Virginia at 800 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond. The speakers will be J...More >>
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