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Did you know that you can explore WorldCat Identities using a visual network interface?
WorldCat Identities Network is an experimental prototype that allows exploration of WorldCat Identity relationships and connections as quoted on experimental.worldcat.org/IDNetwork
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Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture as quoted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infographics.
What is Social Media?
Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, exchange and comment contents among themselves in virtual communities and networks as quoted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media.
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Are your kids always telling you last minute that they have a project on a Mission and when you get to the library all the books are checked out? Worry no more! The Missions of California Books are available in digital format online at sjpl.org. Go to our catalog and do a keyword search for "missions of california." Then click the link on the mission your child has to do report for then type "missions" for username and password and you're set. All the same information online ready for you at anytime.
Do you know the story about the Smith and Carlos Statue in San Jose State University Campus?
Tommie Smith and John Carlos were the 1968 Olympic gold and bronze medal winners in the 200 meter run and they were the SJSU student activists. Tommie Smith’s raised black-glove represented black power. The knotted black scarf around his neck represented pride and the box in his left hand contained an olive tree sapling, which stood as an emblem of peach. John Carlos’s raised left black-glove represented unity in black America, and the beads around his neck signified lynching suffered by blacks. Both men wore black socks but were shoeless during the ceremony to represent the black poverty in racist America. Together they formed an arch of unity and power as quoted on SJSU Self Guided Tour Handout.
Sohn is the man at the centre of one of the iconic photographs of Olympic history. It is more understated than the snap of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving the black power salute at Mexico '68, but just as powerful. It was taken on 9 August 1936, at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. It shows three athletes on the podium during the medal ceremony of the Olympic marathon. At the back is the British silver medallist Ernie Harper. He is standing tall, shoulders back and head held high, a proud smile on his face. In front of him are two Korean runners, Sohn, gold medallist, and Nam Sung-yong, bronze medallist. Their heads are bowed and both are staring at their feet in, what they later called, "silent shame and outrage". Sohn is clutching a young oak tree to his chest. Nam would later say how envious he was of his team-mate. Not because of colour of his medal, but because unlike Sohn he had no oak tree to cover up the Japanese flag that was emblazoned across his shirt.
Between 1910 and 1948 Korea was under the Japanese rule, who suppressed the indigenous culture and language due to the Japanese imperialism and colonialism during the World War II. The flags that were raised and the anthem that was played to salute Sohn and Nam were not Korean, but Japanese, and the press and the IOC did not award or record the victory as a Korean triumph, but a Japanese one. Sohn was not even allowed to compete under his own name, but went by the Japanese transliteration, Son Kitei.
During his stay in Berlin Sohn tried to tell the would that they should not think of him as Japanese. He would sign his name in Korean characters, and would often draw a small picture of his country alongside his autograph. After the race he tried to tell the newspapermen again and again that he was Korean, not Japanese, but his minders refused to translate his remarks. Montague's mistake was repeated right around the world, with one conspicuous exception. Back in Korea the newspapers blurred the Japanese flag out of the photographs of Sohn. The Korean daily Dong-A Ilbo, which still exists today, carried the photo – with the Japanese flag scratched out – on its front page on 25 August. Immediately afterwards the Japanese government shut the Dong-A Ilbo down for nine months and arrested, then tortured, eight of its journalists as quoted on TheGuardian.
I think the common threads of the two stories are not only bowing their heads during the olympic medal ceremony for the silent protest, but also giving us the lesson about "take a stand” in what we believe in; equality, human rights, respect and freedom of speech etc.
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Volunteer, Manuel Beronilla III provides free tutoring for high school students at the Evergreen Branch Library every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in Group Study Room A. He is a contributing Math Faculty at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, and The National Hispanic University. He has a PhD in Mathematics, a Master's degree in Math Teaching and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a new immigrant from the Philippines and has been teaching in a State University and other private colleges for more than 15 years He teaches college Math, Physics, Statistics and Research. He also has a California teaching credential valid until 2016.
He says “It has always been my passion to reach out and share my knowledge with students interested in learning and that is why I enjoy my current job. Since I am only teaching a couple of math subjects in the morning, I wanted to spend my spare time productively by volunteering. I got interested in tutoring at the library. I believe that my talents are a gift, and it is also my responsibility to give back to the community.”
“Evergreen is the closest location for me, so I started in this library. I have not tried to other places yet, but am interested to reach out to other places as much as I can.”
When asked what advice he had for anyone just starting to volunteer, he says “We are given so much blessings and gifts. It is our responsibility to contribute to the welfare of the community and help make the world a better place to live. There is no other way to feel satisfaction, contentment, importance, and blessedness, than doing a volunteer job. The feeling for doing something free of charge is priceless. Be passionate, reach out and help each other in any way we can. That is the only way to Happiness.”
Please note: Tutor.com's live tutoring service will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th and Tuesday, January 1. The live service will close at 12:00 a.m. ET and will reopen at 1:00 a.m. ET the following day (Dec. 26th and Jan. 2nd). Access to the SkillsCenter Resource Library and previous sessions through individual accounts will still be available during this time. (Tutor.com is also closed each year on Thanksgiving and July Fourth.)
Our subscription to Plunkett Research Online will be ending Janurary 1, 2013. Unfortunately, the usage was very low. If you have not used this resource or have been meaning to retrieve some industry data, now is the time to access it! Also, leave a comment if you have any online business database recommendations that you think our library should subscribe to.
Here are some resources to help you and your families cope with the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. I hope you can find comfort in a good book... I've been hugging my toddler even more than usual this past week.
Please share any tips in the comments - what's your go-to book when things are looking grim in the world outside?
Treat yourself at the end of the year and listen to a poem, such as Al Young reading "What December Remembers." I appreciate Al Young sharing with us his distillation of California experiences in verse by reading a poem a month all through 2012. His reflections lift me above my immediate concerns; his references comfort me with an intense identity with the people and the land of California.
Knowing time never returns, I try to remember my days by marking the natural rythms and wonders surrounding us. And the march of our days are better accented and appreciated by reading some poems. Among the numerous poetry sites, Poetry Foundation provides direct access to some seasonal poems and holiday poems that are good to explore (and listen to.)
There are volumes and volumes of poetry in the library collections awaiting you. If you would like to sample poetry that’s rather timeless, then try to look up World poetry : an anthology of verse from antiquity to our time please.
It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2012 –
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?"
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (P.L. 101-336) is the most comprehensive civil rights legislation adopted to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Public and private businesses, state and local government agencies, private entities offering public accommodations and services, transportation and utilities are required to comply with the law as quoted on en.wikipedia.org.
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