Here’s a list of news items and blog posts that caught my eye this week:
Also, I wanted to let everyone know that I use the Pocket app to help gather articles of interest.
In Yale News:
The New York Times published an obituary of long-time history professor Cynthia Russett.
Even though this is a bit dated, I thought readers might like to know about changes being contemplated in the Yale University history department. The Yale Daily News published two articles in November: here and here.
Yale history post-doc Rachel Smith Purvis co-authored a piece for the New York Times Disunion blog with Melinda Miller. They examine the interesting history of Dr. Rufus Gillpatrick and negotiations between the Cherokee and the North and South.
The Digital Public Library of America now includes the Portal to Texas History.
The Journal of the Digital Humanities published its latest issue.
Perpetrator of the Harvard finals bomb hoax caught because of metadata.
While not technically American history related, I thought it was fitting to include a link to Princeton’s digital library of Nietzsche due to Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s award-winning book American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and Association of Asian American Studies support the ASA boycott Israeli academic institutions.
The publisher Elsevier has issued a number take-down notices of work on academia.edu. See the Washington Post‘s take and a librarian’s I-told-you-so. Also read up on Elsevier’s attempt to have a university remove work from an institutional repository.
An analysis of downloads shows that humanities journal article half-life is roughly 4-5 years.
Dan Cohen talks information overload.
From Library of Congress’s The Signal blog, a list of the “Top 14 Digital Preservation Posts of 2013.” The first item on the list, with a link to various portals of state history is especially good.
NYU graduate students unionize.
The Atlantic weights in on the ever-popular topic of the crisis in the humanities.
You’re probably a Twitter superstar.
J.L. Bell posts about the late Michael Kammen’s A Season of Youth: The American Revolution and the Historical Imagination.
Temporary restraining order keeps NYPL from moving forward on its Central Library Plan. Let’s hope this activism keeps up.
Lapham’s Quarterly article gives crucial context to a 1942 image of a woman contemplating a skull of a Japanese soldier recently killed in battle.
Harper’s reviews Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.
FOIA requests for George W. Bush’s presidential records can begin on January 20, 2014.
The Washington Post writes on “Capital Buzz: A Google for the Archives.” Here’s hoping that Search Technologies does a better job than Lockheed Martin.
An argument for paid editors at Wikipedia.
AAUP report on academic freedom and electronic communication.
UN Women launches database mapping gender provisions in world constitutions.