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"Finding the Real Cuba: Citizen-Entrepreneurs and the Communist-Capitalist State Today" — A Readex ALA Presentation on Video

When Prof. Lillian Guerra declared she would start her Readex-sponsored presentation at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference with a joke, I was concerned:

Now, I must admit, my reaction was unwarranted.  Guerra’s anecdote about life in the island nation of Cuba proved to be not only funny, but also telling of the many restrictions Cubans face every day and the steps some are willing to take to openly express opinions.

Considering tight travel restrictions and the United States’ long-standing embargo against the Republic of Cuba, many Americans have a limited view of the island nation and few have stepped foot there themselves.

At a special ALA breakfast event in Las Vegas, Guerra drew back the curtain and provided a first-hand view of Cuba most in attendance had never seen. In a follow-up survey, attendees wrote:

“Dr. Guerra used a combination of scholarship and personal experiences to give us an overview of this fascinating country.”

“The speaker was excellent.  She's one of the best I heard at the conference.”

“It was probably the most interesting session I attended at ALA.  I left feeling pleased that I had gone and am now interested in Dr. Guerra's research.”

"Finding the Real Cuba: Citizen-Entrepreneurs and the Communist-Capitalist State Today" — A Readex ALA Presentation on Video

“Finding the Real Cuba”: A Special ALA Breakfast Presentation

On Sunday, June 29, 2014, during the American Library Association annual conference, Readex will host a special breakfast presentation on “Finding the Real Cuba: Citizen-Entrepreneurs and the Communist-Capitalist State Today.” An open discussion will follow the talk by Lillian Guerra, Ph.D., Professor of Cuban & Caribbean History, University of Florida, and winner of 2014 fellowships from both the American Council of Learned Societies and the Guggenheim Foundation.

“Finding the Real Cuba”: A Special ALA Breakfast Presentation

Silent Auction to Support 2014 GODORT Scholarship Now Open for Bidding

Established in 1994, the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is 1) currently working with government documents in a library and 2) trying to complete a master’s degree in library science.
Silent Auction to Support 2014 GODORT Scholarship Now Open for Bidding

Now Available on Video: “Still Reading the Silences: African American Women’s History in the Digital Age”

Erica Armstrong Dunbar holds many titles—scholar, historian, professor—and, as dozens of academic librarians recently learned, spellbinding storyteller.

Speaking at a special breakfast event at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, Dunbar—Director of the African American History Program at The Library Company of Philadelphia—unraveled the fascinating tale of Ona Judge Staines, a slave who escaped from George Washington’s family in 1796. Philadelphia was an appropriate setting for such a story. The executive mansion at 524-30 Market Street, where Judge lived, served, and from which she ultimately escaped, stands just four blocks from where we met for Dunbar’s talk.

Through Dunbar’s extensive research into Judge’s life, the audience came to understand the enslaved young woman’s unique circumstances and why she so feared a move to Mount Vernon after Washington’s retirement from the presidency. As I listened to Ona’s story, I yearned to see the face of this woman who, despite Washington’s ongoing attempts to find her, evaded capture for the rest of her life.

Now Available on Video: “Still Reading the Silences: African American Women’s History in the Digital Age”

African American Women’s History in the Digital Age: A Readex Breakfast Presentation

On January 26, 2014, during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, will present “Still Reading the Silences: African American Women’s History in the Digital Age.”

Prof. Dunbar’s talk will focus on the work of recovering early African American women's history, both before and during the digital revolution. She will examine the utility and limitations of digitization in early African American history. For many historians, the digitization of documents and images has allowed scholars wider access to important evidence. Yet for historians of women and people of African descent the evidence trail remains elusive. While digitization promotes the wider dissemination of historical evidence, it doesn't provide a remedy for absent voices. Dunbar will discuss the ways that historians of women and people of African descent must engage in new digitization technology as well as older techniques of gathering and interpreting evidence.

African American Women’s History in the Digital Age: A Readex Breakfast Presentation

Now Available on Video: “Ethnic Studies in the Digital Age”

At the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Readex vice president Remmel Nunn shared his expertise on “Ethnic Studies in the Digital Age.” Drawing from the Archive of Americana and other resources, he presented multiple examples of how recently digitized materials have opened new doors for researchers. Remmel demonstrated how specific newspaper articles have provided fresh insight into such topics as the Emancipation Proclamation, the “Prayer of Twenty Millions,” and Lincoln’s colonization plans for African Americans. He also illustrated how new perspectives on the Civil War have arisen through the digitization of newspapers like The Black Warrior, a paper published by Black soldiers in the Union Army. 

Remmel also discussed the creation of new bibliographies, collection development challenges, oral history trends, and more. I hope you’ll appreciate the slides shown, which include compelling examples of the kind of historical images that are emerging as essential primary sources.

Now Available on Video: “Ethnic Studies in the Digital Age”

Silent Auction to Support 2013 GODORT Scholarship Now Open for Bidding


Established in 1994, the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is 1) currently working with government documents in a library and 2) trying to complete a master’s degree in library science.
 
Silent Auction to Support 2013 GODORT Scholarship Now Open for Bidding

Bid Today! 2012 Silent Auction Now Open in Support of GODORT Scholarship

  Established in 1994, the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is 1) currently working with government documents in a library and 2) trying to complete a master’s degree in library science.
Bid Today! 2012 Silent Auction Now Open in Support of GODORT Scholarship

300 Years of News in the Library: An ALA Midwinter Breakfast Session

  During the upcoming ALA Midwinter Conference, a special breakfast session—hosted by NewsBank and Readex—will focus on the evolution of news. This Sunday morning event will include the following presentations and a question session with the speakers: The Research Power of Digitized Historical Newspapers Michelle Harper, Senior Director, Product Management, Historical Newspapers and Periodicals, NewsBank
300 Years of News in the Library: An ALA Midwinter Breakfast Session

The Top-Ten Readex Blog Posts of 2011

The Top-Ten Readex Blog Posts of 2011

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