Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tonight brings the third installment of our efforts to document the work going on next door on Palmer Auditorium. Workers were busy loading excess scaffolding onto a flatbed truck and they were nice enough to let us get a few shots of their work. The men told me that they would be removing a large portion of the stacked materials from the parking lot before pulling out for Birmingham.
Alan added some terrific shots of Palmer last week, so be sure to head over to our Flickr profile to see all of them.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Another great tip from this list: "Read to your kid." Remember that Carmichael Library has a collection of children's books, including most of the Newberry, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King award-winning books. Reading together is a great way to spend time with a child, and you'll be helping the child get into the reading habit.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Campbell Robertson grew up in Montevallo and graduated in 1998 from Georgetown University where he drew his senior thesis…a comic book! After college he worked on the Metro section of the New York Times and became the first artist to contribute a comic strip within the news section of the paper. The strip was published on November 18, 2003 and follows the day of an imagined paparazzo, Lawrence Schwartzwald, as he photo-hounds Madonna. (Madonna had been in the city that week, creating the photo frenzy that always accompanies her public outings.)
The big winner at the Tony ceremonies was Spring Awakening, as Campbell reports. Among the eight statues awarded to the production was one for Best Musical. Scored by Duncan Sheik (MTV heartthrob) with lyrics by Steven Sater and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, the current production is based on German author Frank Wedekind’s play, The Awakening of Spring. The 1891 play was immediately banned. Although is was finally staged uncut in English in 1974, the play continued to meet with censorship in Europe and the U.S.
What makes Wedekind’s original play and the current musical the source of so much controversy? The play is set in late nineteenth century Germany and deals with the angst of adolescence. Abortion, suicide, and abuse are among the issues which torment the teenage characters. Teenage desires clash with adult-enforced shame and punishment. The musical, which has a rock and roll score, took the creators six years to develop and stage. Unlike the original, the musical received immediate critical acclaim and has been touted as groundbreaking.
Few libraries purchased the Wedekind play. However, if you peruse Carmichael Library’s catalog, you will find a record for the 1910 edition. Acquisition records indicate that a copy was purchased in 1931, probably at the height of its controversy when the Hitlerjugend or Hitler Youth and its fanatical ideals flourished.
For those of you who would like to check out this early and scarce edition of the play, the call number is PT 2647.E26.F8 1910.
Friday, June 15, 2007
This morning's keynote address was given by Michael Stephens, who writes a popular blog called Tame the Web. Library- and Web 2.0 technologies are his passion. I've had the good fortune of seeing him speak for the second time and once again I find that I want to test drive every Library 2.0 tool that we can get into!
If you've been following our blog in the recent months you know that your campus library has a virtual branch in SecondLife. We're also starting to share our photos in Flickr. We've created an RSS calendar so that you can track our hours and events in your favorite feed reader. My favorite project of all of these has been creating our own RSS feed for the library's popular Browsing Books collection.
The three of us will be presenting this afternoon on what we've done with the blog, as well as some of the Library 2.0 tools I mentioned above. Our session will be podcasted and I'm looking forward to sharing the link here. In the meantime, check out the Summit web site to see some of the terrific sessions we're attending today.
Monday, June 11, 2007
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The work on Palmer Auditorium roof is now underway! We've been watching the materials pile up since late last week and this morning the crew began assembling the scaffolding that will allow them to reach the Auditorium's high ceiling. See all four shots we took of the work this morning at our Flickr.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Lehe approached ACCR and got a grant to work on the film. Using his computer and fairly rudimentary equipment, it took him the better part of a year to put it together.
A couple of weeks ago, Lehe was interviewed by the state politics blog Doc's Political Parlor. The young filmmaker talked about his efforts to keep the film nonpartisan:
"The thing I was most concerned about, I wanted the movie to be value neutral. About 40% of it is econ stuff, so you can’t really argue with that so much. Part of if it is history, and you can’t really argue that.
"It really is value neutral. There is no proposal in the film. It just highlights the problems.It's a good piece of work no matter where one stands on the issue of constitutional reform. You can view the entire documentary at the ACCR website via Google Video.