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When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well

Erasing history – When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well. The new battle over journalism’s digital legacy.

“The Honolulu Advertiser doesn’t exist anymore, but it used to publish a regular “Health Bureau Statistics” column in its back pages supplied with information from the Hawaii Department of Health detailing births, deaths, and other events. The paper, which began in 1856 as the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, since the end of World War II was merged, bought, sold, and then merged again with its local rival, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, to become in 2010 The Honolulu Star Advertiser. But the Advertiser archive is still preserved on microfilm in the Honolulu State Library. Who could have guessed, when those reels were made, that the record of a tiny birth announcement would one day become a matter of national consequence? But there, on page B-6 of the August 13, 1961, edition of The Sunday Advertiser, set next to classified listings for carpenters and floor waxers, are two lines of agate type announcing that on August 4, a son had been born to Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama of 6085 Kalanianaole Highway. In the absence of this impossible-to-fudge bit of plastic film, it would have been far easier for the so called birther movement to persuade more Americans that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States. But that little roll of microfilm was and is still there, ready to be threaded on a reel and examined in the basement of the Honolulu State Library: An unfalsifiable record of “Births, Marriages, Deaths,” which immeasurably fortified the Hawaii government’s assertions regarding Obama’s original birth certificate. “We don’t destroy vital records,” Hawaii Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo says. “That’s our whole job, to maintain and retain vital records.” Absent that microfilmed archive, maybe Donald Trump could have kept insinuating that Barack Obama had in fact been born in Kenya, and granting sufficient political corruption, that lie might at some later date have become official history. Because history is a fight we’re having every day. We’re battling to make the truth first by living it, and then by recording and sharing it, and finally, crucially, by preserving it. Without an archive, there is no history…”


Dolly Parton set to donate her 100 millionth book to Library of Congress

The Hill: “She doesn’t “do politics,” but Dolly Parton will be just steps from the halls of the Capitol when she visits Washington, D.C., next week to mark a charitable milestone. The legendary “Jolene” singer and songwriter is poised to present the 100 millionth book donation from her Imagination Library to the Library of Congress’s… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Donald Trump again wants to kill off IMLS, the library agency

Via LLRX – Donald Trump, again wants to kill off IMLS, the library agency – David Rothman’s commentary argues that “good libraries are all about content and community and the needs of local people.” The FY2019 Federal Budget proposes once again to eliminate Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hundreds of millions of… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Learning from tech

Via LLRX – Learning from tech – Anna McGrane, COO of PacerPro, shares her insights on a 200 hour coding program structured to encourage participation in the training and the value of the learning environment. McGrane describes key takeaways from the training that we can borrow and apply in the legal sector. Continue Reading

Looming National Security Crisis: Young Americans Unable to Serve in the Military

The Heritage Foundation Report – “The military depends on a constant flow of volunteers every year. According to 2017 Pentagon data, 71 percent of young Americans between 17 and 24 are ineligible to serve in the United States military. Put another way: Over 24 million of the 34 million people of that age group cannot… Continue Reading

After 2016 Election Campus Hate Crimes Seemed to Jump. Here’s What the Data Tell Us.

Chronicle of Higher Education: “…Hate crimes were up in 2016 – The Education Department data consist of disclosures made under the Clery Act, the federal law that requires colleges to report crimes committed on their campuses. In 2016, the department found, colleges and universities reported a total of 1,250 hate crimes, defined as offenses motivated… Continue Reading

Census – Characteristics of Same-Sex Couple Households Table Package

“This table package showing household characteristics of opposite-sex and same-sex couples has been updated with statistics from the 2016 American Community Survey. The tables show age of householder and partner, race of householder, interracial couples, labor force participation, educational attainment, presence of children, household income, and homeownership. The statistics include the number of same-sex couples,… Continue Reading

Why university libraries are tossing millions of books

Christian Science Monitor – “Struggling to keep up with the increasing digitization of academia, libraries are purging older volumes to make way for study spaces and coffee shops. The act is a radical shift from when the value of a library was measured by the scope of its books…Libraries are putting books in storage, contracting with… Continue Reading

Civilians who risk their lives to save strangers, students, colleagues

In towns and cities across our country, Americans are sacrificing their lives during mass shootings at schools, concert venues, in workplaces, in malls and public buildings. These individuals do not stop to think about the consequences of their actions – they react within seconds, using their bodies to shield, protect, and save the lives of… Continue Reading

290 School Shootings In America Since 2013

Again, again, again – it pains me no end to have to post news of yet another mass shooting in a public school, yet not to do so lets the silence speak volumes, which is not now, nor will it ever be, acceptable. These are our children America – they are in our schools. And… Continue Reading

Teaching the Art of Reading in the Digital Era

Pacific Standard – As the art of close reading has declined, a cohort of experts has emerged to reverse the trend and encourage stronger reading habits – James McWilliams. “…Perhaps the oddest aspect of reading is that, for all the pleasures of the text, we must be taught to do it. Recognizing symbols and signs,… Continue Reading

Leonardo da Vinci Hid Invisible Drawings in His Sketches

ArtNetNews: Now High-Tech Scanners Have Brought Them to Light “Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing,” which will appear across the UK in 2019, has some surprises. “To mark the 500th anniversary of the Leonardo da Vinci‘s death, a collection of his drawings are going on a UK tour next year. But if you think… Continue Reading