Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Interesting New Blog

We have added a new-to-us blog to the "Blogs of Interest" in the sidebar. Last Woman Standing is written by Julia Good Fox, professor in the Indigenous Nations and American Indian Studies department at Haskell Indian Nations University. If we can judge by the posts presently on top, she offers good links and good reading. Her #46 entry, "My Seven (Online) Tribal and InterTribal News Sources", is a topic we particularly are interested in.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Free Books Online from Library of Congress and Other News for Geeks

You may not think of yourself as a techie, but obviously you have an online life or you wouldn't be reading this. ReadWriteWeb has an article, 8 Things Every Geek Needs to Do Before 2010. It makes very interesting reading, particularly the password section in the light of this week's news about the theft of 32 million passwords from the website RockYou.

Library of Congress has digitized about 60,000 vintage books and made them available on the web. So far it is not easy to search, but if you do find something you like, say an illustrated Three Little Kittens, you can view it online or download in any of several formats. Why bother? In itself this is not so interesting. Yet. But it's certainly the direction things are moving, as any number of articles will tell you. Example: The e-book, the e-reader, and the future of reading

Plenty more entertainment out there:

  • just for admiring the beauty of the world in places as different as they can be from our familiar surrounded-by-water experience, Sublime Sand: Desert Dunes Seen From Space (thank you, thank you, Wired)
  • Mr. Montler continues to offer us a Klallam Word every day on on Twitter. (Click for larger image).
  • Or you mght try exploring Google's access to the US Patent database.

And on a more solemn note, today is the anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890.

As usual, all these links came drifting across our Twitter stream. Thank you, tweeps.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What Children Read

The blog, American Indians in Children's Literature, by Debbie Reese (professor of American Indian Studies at UIUC and enrolled member of Nambé Pueblo) is always worth a visit. If you follow her links to further discussions, suggested resources, other blogs, etc. (and then on to the links you find in those places) you can keep thinking about what children read and see, and what effects it has on them, for a long time.

Sometimes we have the books she recommends (and sometimes the ones she doesn't recommend); sometimes not. Often we use her suggestions to put books on our shopping lists. But she's always thought-provoking.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Reading News Online

We all have our preferred sources for general news, but it's hard to follow stories you don't know are happening. Here are some sources for online native news:

Most of these sites Twitter when they post news stories, so you can keep current without having to fish around from one site to another.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Audio Coming

The State Library folks say material from one of the providers will be available on January 1. Which seems impossibly fast for anything involving big corporations, the State Library, and the magic of modern science :-) , but that's what they said.

There will be two providers: OCLC/NetLibrary, and Overdrive. We can only find a search screen for Overdrive, and not an audiobook title list. Stay tuned.

This Year's Crop of Children's Books

The New York Public Library published a very seductive list, Children's Books 2009 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. They look beautiful, and we don't have a single one of them in the collection. We put a few of them in our Amazon shopping basket, to think about the next time we have a little money to spend...

This is just wishing. Let us know if there are other items we should add to the wish list.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Cruising around twitter looking for native news...

Then they turned the blocks back on, so that's all you get...

Monday, December 14, 2009

What the Community Wants

The ice cream social was a big success on Friday, we had some new library users sign up, and a number of people mentioned that they had been curious about the library but never quite knew where we were. Several people filled out the little survey about what kind of downloadable audio books they might be interested in.

And people asked about books they wondered if we had, which is always tells us useful things. They wanted beading books, Sherman Alexie, Salish art, the Twilight books, a SpongeBob movie, and Dave Pelzer's books. We were able to say, 'Yes we have them' to all the things people mentioned, in some cases whole stacks of relevant titles. Yaay.


Re: the downloadable audio books, we will keep you posted as we find out from the State Library how it is going to work, and when it will begin.

Special bonus for blog readers: it's Monday noon (12/14) and there's a little bit of ice cream left; some syrup; some sprinkles. Not enough to offer in an all-staff email, but come on in and ask for a sundae if you read this any time soon. :-)

New Book

We have a new memoir written by Alvin Ziontz, the senior attorney for the tribes in U.S. v. Washington, the case that led to the Boldt decision in 1974. Over the course of several decades Ziontz worked on many other important legal issues affecting tribes, and he talks about this work. It makes interesting reading.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ice Cream Social in the Library

We will be having an Open House/Ice Cream Social on December 11, 2009 from 12:00 until 4:30. Please stop by to admire the expanded shelving (thank you Sequim Branch of NOLS!!) and how it has allowed us to rearrange the Library/Education Building. AND have some ice cream!!