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Historic Media via Social Media

Podcast Notes (from TechTalk4Teachers)

November 30, 2011

Episode 126 - Social media, digital footprints, and PLNs

NOTES: SHARING HISTORICAL MEDIA THROUGH NEW SOCIAL MEDIA I sometimes wonder if people are responding to some of the social media tools as folks did in the early days of radio and television - thinking it may be a “fad”.  Using social media we are now offered the opportunity to INSTANTLY share not only text, but also photographs, audio and video.  I thought we would take a look back and talk about some of the ways Americans have communicated throughout history.  

TOPIC #1: EXAMPLES OF HISTORICAL MEDIA AND OUTREACH IN LIBRARY COLLECTIONS  Telegrams  In one of the first applications of communication between  battlefields and Washington DC, Abraham Lincoln used telegrams to communicate with officers in the field.  A search within The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress for telegrams will show a list of messages beginning in 1862. Radio - Audio recordings are available through a search for a particular topic or person.  The National Jukebox is a fairly new project that offers spoken word recordings as well as music. Film - One of my favorite items at the Library is a film of Theodore Roosevelt address Americans about military preparedness during WWI.  It is a silent film with the animated Mr. Roosevelt addressing the camera followed by the text.  Theodore Roosevelt on Film - Shall we Prepare (1916)

Don’t forget about search by Topics from the Library’s Homepage. 

These items are also a wonderful opportunity to talk about the INSTANT access we have to information today that is very different from less than 100 years ago.  


Although their audience has changed and more people are reading them electronically, newspapers are precious primary sources.  Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.  Chronicling America provides free access to millions of historic American newspaper pages. Listed here are topics widely covered in the American press of the time. We will be adding more topics on a regular basis. To find out what's new, sign up for Chronicling America’s weekly notification service, that highlights interesting content on the site and lets you know when new newspapers and topics are added. Users can use the icons at the lower-left side of the Chronicling America Web page to subscribe. 


The Library of Congress is using social media technologies and websites to engage the public with Library news, events, acquisitions and exhibits and sharing selected historic content from our collections (where no copyright restrictions exist).  Lower left corner of every page. 




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On a much smaller scale, our Teaching with Primary Sources program at EIU has developed a page we cal “THE SOURCE” that houses our outreach activities.

The Source monthly themed publication is available in html and pdf versions.  This month the topic is Population and includes an introduction, information connecting the topic to Illinois and, of course, links to many primary sources and resources for teachers on the Library of Congress website.  Teachers can subscribe or search archives from this page.

Blog to share brief pieces of information quickly. 

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OF course, just because a statement or title is assigned to a media file online it is not always accurate.  Sometimes in the name of sharing news quickly, accuracy is sacrificed.  It is important as educators that we make students aware that it is vital that they check facts and sources.

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