Prints & Photographs Online @ the Library of Congress


Here is today’s did you know.

Did you know the Library of Congress maintains a catalog of Digital Prints and Photographs from their collections? So, if you’re ever in need of some historic photos for a project be sure to visit: http://www.loc.gov/pictures.

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Library of Congress Description of this Collection:

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship.

The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

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Featured articles in this month’s Library Media Connection


This month’s edition of Library Media Connection is chalked full of great articles and resources. With articles about STEM programs to Political ads and Media Literacy to Teaching Boolean Searching, the March/April edition has relevant articles for educators across the curriculum.

As always for those seeking to add new titles, the Library Media Connection includes numerous reviews for new and forthcoming fiction and non-fiction titles.

For the complete table of contents for this issue of LMC please visit: http://www.librarymediaconnection.com/pdf/lmc/reviews_and_articles/tables_of_contents/lmc_March_April_2012_toc.pdf

Notable Links from this month’s issue:

Maine Memory Network’s New Civil War Portal


The Maine Memory Network website (http://www.mainememory.net) now includes a portal connecting the group’s many pages and collections of Civil War artifacts.

Visitors to the Maine Memory Network’s(MMN) Civil War Portal will be presented with an assortment of primary sources. Users can access digital copies of images, diaries, letters, and much more. The MMN also provides companion lesson plans to be used with the Finding Katahdin Maine History Text.

So whether you are a Maine History aficionado or a student in need of historical documents, the MMN Civil War Portal is worth a visit: http://civilwar.mainememory.net.

Primary vs Secondary Sources


Have you ever wondered what the difference between a primary and secondary source was, or what types of resources qualify as a primary source?

If you have, Princeton University has created a concise explanation of the two types of resources on this page:Primary vs Secondary Sources.

Here are a few great primary resource sites:

American Memory Project (U.S. History Collection): http://memory.loc.gov

Maine Memory Project (Maine History Collection): http://mainememory.net

Windows on Maine (Online Video Collection): http://windowsonmaine.library.umaine.edu/

Europeana (European Culture & Science): http://www.europeana.eu/portal/

Chronicling America (Historic Newspapers): http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/