Exploiting Synergies Among Digital Repositories, Special Collections, and Online Community

Reyna, Lisa

IL – Media Literacy

Huwe, T. (2009). Exploiting synergies: among digital repositories, special collections, and online

community. Online, 33(2), 14-19.


Huwe elaborates on how only just a few years prior to the writing of this particular article, there were only a couple of leading research facilities (E.g. Library of Congress) capable of developing an online presence of high-quality digital library collections. Further discussion into the article depicts that today in current times, this ideal is no longer the case. Huwe speaks of the rise in development of digital collections not only emerging among research libraries, but also other organizations as well as various museums. Research libraries and librarians are evolving with the constant change of advancement in digital media technologies and are becoming familiar with open-source web development tools specialized in digitization, although most collections are of a smaller scale. 
Emphasis is expressed when referencing the importance of historical collections and how an online presence will not only benefit libraries and librarians, but also have the capacity to reach new scholars and experts trying to obtain rare materials within a searchable online environment. Huwe also ventures into the realm of social networking, blogs, and community websites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Bebo, which are currently responsible for enabling managers of digital repositories to merge technologies utilizing web 2.0 applications, therefore symbolizing the effect of creating new synergies. I found this article to be quite interesting as Archivists and scholars now have the ability to be involved in newly developed trends surrounding the accessibility of historically valuable collections through the opportunity to take on leadership roles in scholarly communities.

15 Banned Books for History Buffs (to Read Online for Free)

Amy Hubschman
IL- Location of Information

Anne Rice. 2015, September 25. 15 Banned Books for History Buffs (to Read Online for Free). [Facebook Status Update] Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/annericefanpage/posts/10153709217495452

I came across this article on Facebook of all places.  Most authors on Facebook are actively involved in current information study topics and more than willing to share their opinions on controversial “hot topics”.  From reading the comments sections of this Facebook Status Update you will see that Anne Rice, like many of us, grew up in a sheltered literacy environment.  Most people who commented on Anne’s link gave their personal stories of acquiring banned or scandalous books and how the practice was absolutely not necessary and should be done away with.  Whether or not you agree with the practice of banning books it’s a topic information professionals should be aware of and should be following.

There are several authors I follow on Facebook and/or Twitter.  As an educator and future information professional I’ve found most authors will not only “friend” you on Facebook but also Skype your class if asked.  Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors and she’s quite the social butterfly on Facebook.  My students are always interested in what book I’m reading and always want to know why I like certain authors/ genres so much.  A few years back I asked Anne to Skype my classroom to discuss the writing process with them and she agreed.  She was extremely professional, courteous,  and patient with my students.  She helped my students understand what an author goes through when writing a book and help them make a real world connection to the realm of writing.