New Free eCollection: Public Radio and TV

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 27th, 2015

The Library of Congress and WGBH (Boston) have launched their American Archive of Public Broadcasting site.


What is it?

From the About page: “The Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston have embarked on a project to preserve for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years: The American Archive of Public Broadcasting.”


What is IN it?

Currently, about 72,000 digitized public radio and public television broadcasts.

From their Searching the AAPB Website page: “The AAPB website consists of nearly 2.5 million metadata records, 72,000 of which describe video and audio content that has been digitized by the AAPB.”


Can I get just the digitized content?  And just the radio broadcasts?


After conducting a search, the limiter on the left will allow for filtering including source type and digital availability.



American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Search page: Alaska. Web. 9 Apr. 2015. <>.


Presidential Libraries

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 7th, 2014

presidential library photo

Is your Hum. 4 paper researching an important moment, decision, personality related to a particular U.S. President?

In the U.S., many past Presidents each have a presidential library devoted to collecting, curating and making accessible content created both by, during and for that particular President’s tenure.

Many of these Presidential Libraries have been digitizing this content.

This content (primary sources!) can be incredibly helpful especially when paired with the body of scholarly literature (available using SPS Library eCollections) on the topic.

To determine if there is a Presidential Library devoted to your President, consult this page from the National Archives (, in particular the “Visit Libraries Online” section over to the left.


Photo by Tim Evanson

Welcome, DPLA!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 18th, 2013

Digital Public Library of America

Set to launch on April 18th, 2013, (shortly after the Hum. 4 project begins, what good timing!)  is the Digital Public Library of America.

The DPLA will serve as a (much-needed) amalgamator of a multitude of freely available, public domain, digital collections (largely from libraries, archives and museums), from digital repositories such as the Smithsonian, the New York Public Library, the National Archives, Harvard University.

Curious? Read more in this Library Journal article by John Palfrey, chair of the DPLA steering committee and current Head of School at Phillips Andover.

Copyright Page

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 21st, 2013

On the Ohrstrom Library website is a page specifically addressing the junction of copyright and education. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

Copyright is a detailed and complex issue.  As good academics we want to be sure our educational use of material falls appropriately within the bounds of copyright.  The sources and definitions below are intended as guides and as starting points to this intricate topic.

The page is a condensation of definitions, expectations and helpful sources (all links used with permission and gratitude).

Please note that this material is not legal advice.



In the News: St. Paul’s Epistles – App

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 7th, 2013

The University of Michigan has created an app for iOS devices.  The app allows users to view the 30 physical leaves of the Epistles of St. Paul now owned and cared for by the University of Michigan.

As reported by

Thirty of the rarest, earliest leaves of the Epistles of St. Paul, dating from 180 to 220 AD, have been digitized and turned into an interactive app usable on iPhones and iPads.

“What’s especially important is the direct experience with the ancient world,” Arthur Verhoogt, acting archivist of the library’s papyrology collection, said of the app, called PictureIt: EP.

“History is nice to read about but it’s much more important to be able to touch history.”

The collection of letters, known to scholars as Papyrus 46, is believed to be the oldest known surviving copy of the Letters of St. Paul. Out of the 104 page collection, 30 leaves reside here in Ann Arbor, 56 leaves reside at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and 18 are lost.

Click here to read the App description on iTunes Preview.


Helpful for: St. Paul fans, Religious Studies, Bible Study, Humanities, History, Ancient Studies

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