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When I began researching map collections to fulfill the requirements for this course, the basis was taking on the idea of exploring the counterpoint of digital holdings; information on paper. How they traced the history of communities that formed throughout the years, or even centuries, is the formula that shapes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Lybrarian
The expanse of the Internet as a tool has increased map awareness in the Los Angeles community. It has provided a way for people to connect and share a technology that reaches out through blog posts. KCET Contributing Writer, Ed Fuentes has seen the communities come together, including a playful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Lybrarian
Writing in the Wall: Social Media The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage are interesting ideas how the concept of social media existed long before the days of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr. The book is a thorough history on the ways humans share information with each other, beginning with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Lybrarian
Set in the near future Robot & Frank (2012) is a light-hearted comedy about an elderly man and introduces how nerd is the new cool, hence presenting the future cliché of portraying a library professional in film. When aging Frank (Frank Langella), an ex-thief, deals with failing memory and refuses... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Lybrarian
Vinland Map, n.d. Photo Credit: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Scholars find research information in library collections but sometimes the materials can be controversial, as seen in “The Viking Deception,” a 2005 episode of the series NOVA. Authenticity is the course of discovery in the Vinland Map, an artifact... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Lybrarian
J. Michael Walker St. Moritz Drive. Photo Credit: Autry National Center In 2000, Los Angeles artist J. Michael Walker was browsing though his Thomas Guide, which he called the precursor of Google Maps and GPS. When he hit the S section he noticed many streets were named after saints. Almost... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Lybrarian
Joseph "Jo" Jacinto Mora Map of Historical and Recreational Los Angeles, 1942. Credit: LAPL map collection "The Art of Jo Mora" hosted by speaker Peter Hiller, curator of the Jo Mora Trust Collection, was held at The Los Angeles Public Library on September 21, 2014. The program highlighting the life... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Lybrarian
Los Angeles satellite raised relief map as part of LAPL map collection. Credit: Lybrarian The City of Los Angeles can be described as a large metropolis layered with many neighborhoods filled with many ethnic groups. That city’s diversity is constantly changing, and redefining the region’s eclectic atmosphere. From that, there’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Lybrarian
Map of Old Chinatown before Chinese Americans were relocated due to construction of Union Station. "New Chinatown" is north of the original location along N. Broadway. Lisa See's memoir traced her family history back 150 years set within the two Chinatown communities. Today, "New Chinatown" is marked as "Old Chinatown".... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Lybrarian
Catalog card as public art at LAPL. Credit: Lybrarian. Things have changed. Libraries have shifted to a variety of e-things: e-books, e-audiobooks, e-music, and downloadable e-videos. This makes items accesible without ever having to step inside a library. While techonology has changed the library experience, there's a hint of it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Lybrarian
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