Month: January 2018

Leave It To The Librarians

As someone who loves the idea of working in some capacity with archives of marginalized groups of people, stumbling on the Digital Public Library of America was just what I was looking for, for this project.

The work displayed on this site began manifesting itself in the 1990s, but was not available to the public until around 2011. The Digital Public Library of America is the brainchild of librarians and academics from around the country. DPLA’s staff and board is diverse and full of educators. Their combined experiences make for a really cool, accessible and diverse resource. The group also promotes a value system that I can totally get down with, including a commitment to social justice work.

When I first entered the exhibitions page, I was surprised by the number of possibilities. I focused my attention on two of the exhibitions, Activism in the US and This Land Is Your Land: Parks and Public Spaces. I felt with our focus on Ochs, activism and a Woody Guthrie reference was the way to go.

While I was happy with the topics selected and the short synopsizes on the right side, there was not much actual content available to look through. With the newness of the actual resource, I’m sure it can only go up from here. Even with the small amount of images, I was so happy to see a focus on women and minority groups in the activism section.

All of that to say, I recommend this resource and will definitely to using it in the future!

 

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“The Times They Are A-Changing”

I used to considered myself “technically challenged.” I’m the person that avoided anything that fell into the world of technology. I was scared. Scared I would break something. Scared I would make a fool of myself for the world to see. Because of that fear, I refused to learn.

Then, DirecTV happened to me. Not because I wanted it to, but because I needed a steady flexible job while going back to school. DirecTV hired a person with no technical skills to be a technical support person. (I have no idea what they were thinking.)

They taught me how to work with electronics and digital information. I can program remotes, walk some through setting up electronics associated with internet, TV and telephone. I learned how to navigate this unknown world.

While DirecTV was a terrible experience overall, I can thank them for giving me a foundation. One that moved me from digitally incompetent to a digital immigrant. While I haven’t always felt confident in the realm of digital, at least they threw me into it.

I am taking this class, because I want to learn how to effectively reach people in today’s society. I want to be able create a lasting brand for myself, as I begin to venture out into the professional world. I want to learn how to market myself, my research and my hobbies in an appropriate way.

I also hope to gain skills that will make me a premier candidate for working in the realm of social justice. I want to use these new skills to help out the organizations I feel passionate about.

As  Bob Dylan said in his song, “The Times They Are A-Changing”:

“Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.”

BobDylan.com

I want to lend a hand in the change that is coming, and digital literacy is an important component of that.

 

*This blog post was written as the first assignment for my Intro to Digital Humanities class at OSU-Tulsa. If you are interested in more info about American Studies, click here.