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Dirksen Editorial Cartoon collection

The Dirksen Congressional Center has just completed their Editorial Cartoon Collection project. The site includes lesson plans for using the 300+ editorial cartoons in the classroom.

- About the Collection -

Editorial cartoonists loved Everett Dirksen (1896-1969)-his position of influence as Minority Leader in the Senate (1959-69), his way with words, and, of course, his distinctive appearance. Over the years, Senator Dirksen's staff compiled a scrapbook containing more than 300 editorial cartoons. Topics covered include Vietnam, civil rights, Republican Party politics, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, reapportionment, Taft-Hartley 14(b), school prayer, Dirksen's recording career, Senate procedures, congressional pay, presidential appointments, and Dirksen's legacy. Naturally, cartoonists also used these topics to depict Dirksen's relationship with President Lyndon Johnson, with his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, and with the Supreme Court. In addition, cartoonists sent Dirksen between 50 and 60 original sketches on equally diverse topics.

Among the scores of cartoonists represented in the collection are Herblock, Gib Crockett, Hugo, Bill Mauldin, Gene Basset, Pat Oliphant, Al Capp, Wayne Stayskal, Jim Berry, Guernsey LePelley, Tom Engelhardt, Paul Conrad, and Jim Berryman.

Falkvinge: "Copyright Regime vs. Civil Liberties."

Stanford Libraries & Stanford Center for Internet and Society


Founder of the Swedish Pirate Party
Gives a talk entitled, "Copyright Regime vs. Civil Liberties"

Tuesday July 31, 2007 from 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Stanford Law School Room 280A
Free and open to the public
Refreshments served


The Swedish Pirate Party strives to reform laws regarding intellectual property, including copyright, patent and the protection of design. The agenda also includes support for a strengthening of the right to privacy (such as private property and private information), both on the Internet and in everyday life.

Falkvinge talks about the rise and success of pirates, and why pirates are necessary in today's politics. He'll also outline the next steps in the pirates' strategy to change global copyright laws.

Bio: Rick Falkvinge is the founder and leader of the Swedish Pirate Party, as well as the founder of the international politicized pirate movement. His leadership took the Pirate Party from nothing into the top ten parties in the last Swedish election, without a dime in the campaign chest; Rick's personal candidacy came in at rank #15 out of over 5,000 candidates for the 349 parliamentary seats. While he didn't win a seat due to threshold rules, his fight for civil liberties continues, focusing on the current copyright aggression that threatens our rights to privacy, postal secret, whistleblower protection and more.

For more on the Pirate Party, see this wikipedia article.

The difference between the Web and the Library

Today's Unshelved has a great illustration of one difference between the Web and the Library. Of course, there are many similarities and differences between them, but I liked the Mac/PC allusion :-)

Pimp my bookcart

On the lighter side of the library, check out the 2007 Pimp My Bookcart winners. Got ideas? They're planning on having it again next year!

The contest was inspired by this Unshelved comic:

Hipster Librarians

Sleeping late, morning coffee, and the NY times are ingredients for a perfect Sunday. Finding an article about hip librarians in the NY times is icing on the cake, and finding a quote from your friend in the article are the sprinkles on top.

In last Sunday's NY times (June 8, 2006), there was an article called "A Hipper Crowd of Shushers" which described a new generation of librarians.

Jessamyn West, 38, an editor of “Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out” a book that promotes social responsibility in librarianship, and the librarian behind the Web site (its tagline is “putting the rarin’ back in librarian since 1999”) agreed that many new librarians are attracted to what they call the “Library 2.0” phenomenon. “It’s become a techie profession,” she said.

In a typical day, Ms. West might send instant and e-mail messages to patrons, many of who do their research online rather than in the library. She might also check Twitter, MySpace and other social networking sites, post to her various blogs and keep current through MetaFilter and RSS feeds. Some librarians also create Wikis or podcasts.

No more buns, glasses and shushers!

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