Blog: Magazines & Newspapers
"Proof of heaven"
Hennepin County Library co-sponsors a talk by Eben Alexander, author of "Proof of Heaven", at the Westminster Town Hall Forum on November 21. Alexander was profiled in the August issue of Esquire (library card barcode number may be required to access article).
Affordable Care Act and the media
As public interest grows concerning the Affordable Care Act, media coverage is reviewed and critiqued by the Columbia Journalism Review.
September 11, 1973
Today marks 40 years since the coup that ended the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile, and installed the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. The Guardian recalls the events, as do various titles in the Hennepin County Library collection, including The Nixon administration and the death of Allende's Chile, and Chile, the other September 11.
W.E.B. Du Bois and the March on Washington
This week, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington received much media coverage. Also 50 years ago this week, on the day before the March, civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois died in Ghana. A founding member of the NAACP and author of Black Reconstruction in America and The Souls of Black Folk, he was honored at the March by a moment of silence. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has published a tribute to him online.
Smith-Mundt Modernization Act
An article from the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which for the first time allows U.S. government produced programming such as The Voice of America to be released inside the United States. More from the San Francisco Chronicle, and hundreds of other newspapers worldwide, can be found through the database NewspaperDirect Press Display.
Public Library of US Diplomacy
WikiLeaks has launched the Public Library of US Diplomacy with 1.7 million files from the State Department of Henry Kissinger, according to Forbe's magazine. More on Henry Kissinger can be found in the Hennepin County Library catalog using the subject search term "Kissinger, Henry, 1923-."
Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press
The University of Arizona has launched the Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press collection, an online digital collection of more than 100 years of newspapers and other periodicals, from the mid-19th century to the late 20th. Contemporary Spanish language periodicals can also be accessed through the Informe! database.
No droning on...
As reported in The Air Force Times, the Air Force has stopped including the number of drone air strikes in monthly public reports, and numbers already reported in previous months have been removed from the Air Force website. More on drone attacks can be found by searching the Library's subscription databases, such as MasterFILE Premier.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals
The New York Daily News highlights a UN and World Health Organization report on potential health risks associated with some common household chemicals. The full report and a 38 page summary are available online.
The Minnesota Daily notes the Dinkytown opening of the only Sámi-inspired coffee house in North America, concurrent with an exhibition about Sámi (or, if you prefer, Saami) culture at The American Swedish Institute.
POC Zine Project
In a recent article, Colorlines highlights the POC Zine Project, whose mission is to make all zines by people of color easy to find, distribute, and share.
Scanned 19th and 20th century newspapers
Scanned issues of an interesting mix of 19th and 20th century newspapers, from L'Avant-Garde to The Yukon Sun, and even including The Mouse River Farmers Press, can be found at Google News.
E-Reader privacy and its lack
The Christian Science Monitor reports on an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) study of how various e-Reader platforms do or do not track users. The findings of the EFF study are detailed in a useful E-Reader Privacy Chart.
Global gender gap
Forbes reports on a World Economic Forum study of gender inequality worldwide. According to the study, among the nations leading in equality of the genders are Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Nicaragua, and Cuba. The United States ranks 22nd. The full study, The Global Gender Gap Report 2012, is available online.
Newsweek to drop print publication
Newsweek announced today that its print publication will cease at the end of 2012, but it will continue in an online digital format.
Living Under Drones
The New York Times reports on a joint Stanford and New York University study of the effects on civilian populations of drone attacks in Pakistan. The complete study, “Living Under Drones”, is available online.
Minneapolis Newspaper Index
Search card indexes created by University of Minnesota Libraries, digitized and made accessible online. The Minneapolis Newspaper Index covers the Minnesota Daily (1900-1922, 1963-1977), the Minneapolis Tribune (1940-1945, 1950-1954) and the Minneapolis Star (1964-1970).
Golden and Silver Age comic books online
If obscure comic books from the Golden and the Silver Age are to your liking, you can read many online at Comic Book Plus. Here you will find hundreds of titles and thousands of issues, including dozens in Spanish. Among the treasures are such titles as Atomic War!, Crime Smashers, Winnie Winkle, and Ten-Story Love.
Magazines in PDF
The publisher of the magazine The American Conservative maintains an author searchable website, unz.org, which, in addition to books and videos, provides access to an eclectic collection of magazines in PDF format. These range chronologically from the 1820s to 2011, and include titles such as Argosy Weekly, The Saturday Review, and Ramparts.
Bullying boss whistleblower
Those who have experienced a bullying supervisor may be interested in reading the City Pages article “What to do About Your Bad Boss”, concerning events that led to a whistleblower’s termination, and the litigation that followed. Featured in the article is Stanford University’s Bob Sutton, author of Good Boss, Bad Boss.
Access World News
Search local, national, and international newspapers, journals, newswires, newsletters, television and radio transcripts, and other sources simultaneously in the Access World News database. Searches can be limited geographically and chronologically. The database provides access to over 90 sources in Minnesota, and over 6300 sources worldwide.
Lavender notes the start of the 14th year of the “Untold Stories: Labor History Series”, presented by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Occurring at various venues around the Twin Cities, the series includes lectures, performances, and discussions, and runs from April 12 through May 21.
Predatory open access publishers
Inside Higher Ed discusses predatory open access publishers, who charge fees to authors seeking to be published.
Penguin Group eBooks
Library Journal’s blog The Digital Shift reports that the Penguin Group publishers, which include Ace, NAL, Berkeley, Dutton, Prentice Hall, Puffin, Putnam’s, Grosset & Dunlap, Viking, and others, will not be providing new eBook titles to OverDrive, Hennepin County Library’s eBook provider. Penguin and OverDrive are negotiating to maintain access to titles already available.
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