Screen shot of DP.LA Home page featuring Primary Resource Sets

DP.LA – Digital Public Library of America offers new curated Primary Resource sets (from over 11.5 million items)

An exciting new development in the growing treasures made available through the Digital Public Library of America.  DPLA, in conjunction with educators, librarians and historians, have started to develop curated sets of primary resources to help faculty encourage engagement with primary resources and cultural heritage items. Selected sets cover the Visual Art During the Harlem Renaissance, women in World War II, Transatlantic slave trade, and more.

“DPLA Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. “

Additionally, DPLA offers a video of their November 3rd Workshop “Using DPLA for Teaching and Learning” to help faculty and students in finding and curating collections that are pertinent to their own work.


In a change to our schedule, the university’s libraries will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 22 and 23, as they have been designated special holidays. In sum, the libraries will be closed for the Christmas break from Saturday, December 20 through Sunday, January 4. We will reopen on Monday, January 5, at 8 AM.

From the folks who brought you the “way back machine” (the cache of old websites as they were) and the Internet Archive (an expanded digital archive of free books, movies, software, music , built in conjunction with libraries) comes an offer from Brewster Kahle to create new community-tools and a “call for feedback” from smaller communities who have collections that need digitization, and who want to deposit directly into the IA:

We are creating new tools to help every media-based community build their own collections on a long term platform that is available to the entire world for free. Collectors will be able to upload media, reference media from other collections, use tools to coordinate the activities of their community, and create a distinct Internet presence while also offering users the chance to explore diverse collections of other content.

In this future, communities and libraries will take the central role in building collections, leveraging the tools and storage of the Internet Archive.

Since Internet Archive is already a partner with Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), it will be wonderful to see more collections discoverable through a federated search.

picture of 4 coin-operated video arcade games

Do you remember video arcade games?

And to keep it all fun (as well as exciting) they have opened up their latest experiment:  The Internet Arcade:  “a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package.”

Graphic of keyboard with keys spelling out PRIVACY

CC Photo courtesy of g4ll4is on Flickr

The recent EU court’s ruling on the “right to be forgotten” is an interesting wrinkle in the debates around privacy and public information in the world of cyber-connection.  Even those who have carefully guarded what information they have “put out there” can find that information related to their name or face exists online and can be mined and redistributed in any number of ways.   While the EU  just forced  Google to institute a procedure for removing items from the “results” for searches originating in Europe ( and, they were not forced to delete those items from their “repositiory” of sites.  Those who were hoping to  have the request option for the US version of Google are out of luck; no court has forced Google to do this for US yet.   However, if you want to clean up your “international image”, Jill Scharr’s helpful blog entry has more info on doing that.

Google does offer a procedure to remove “outdated” content. It may take some following-up with them (as the page suggests, since I guess they can take their time and/or refuse).  You will also need to do this in conjunction with the webmaster of your site (if you are not your own webmaster).

In the short-run, you can delete passages or pages on your site; however, since they were indexed by Google shortly after you “published” them, they would still show up in a google search.  The old/deleted materials will  “sink down” in the search-results as more people click on your more recent materials.   Your best bet in the interim, is to make old content “private”, and use either text-links to let people know that there is a more current page with a link to new info and/or implement a  re-direct URL to the now-current information….an inelegant solution until the google request is acknowledged, but a quick and dirty solution for the time-being.

For more information on privacy and security in relationship to your “online presence” check out our Info Ethics LibGuide


Thomas Piketty, in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that extreme economic inequality in the current global economic system is undermining democratic values.  This book has gotten a lot of press coverage recently in such publications as The Guardian, The New Statesman, and the New York Review of Books, where Paul Krugman had a lengthy review. The New York Times referred to Piketty as the “latest overnight intellectual sensation,” following in the footsteps of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag, Christopher Lasch, and Francis Fukuyama.

We thought we’d let our readers know that Capital in the Twenty-First Century is available as an e-book to members of the St. John’s University community.



 The University Libraries welcome St. John’s University’s new president Dr. Conrado M. Gempesaw.  We thought our readers might be interested in Dr. Gempesaw’s scholarly writing.  Please check this site for links to many of his articles.

Catholicism in East Asia photoExhibit on view through May 2, 2014

Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Curated by Anastasia Chiu

The Chin Ying Asian Library possesses a significant collection of works chronicling the advent and development of the Catholic Church’s presence and establishment in East Asia to support St. John’s University’s core curriculum and scholarship. This installation of the Asian Collection Highlights Exhibit presents selections from the rich multilingual resources on Catholicism in the Asian Library’s collection, and includes a list of further suggested titles to encourage usage and perusal by students and researchers in St. John’s’ academic community.

Items on display may be removed from the display case upon request and perused in-library or checked out.


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