Archive | December 2015

Who Are My Representatives/Elected Officials – Shelby County, TN

“Click here on the Shelby County Election Commission website to get to the Precinct Locator.  Then, just enter your street name and street name, and you will find the address of your precinct where you will vote.  And, you will get “Precinct Specific District Information”  For example:

Precinct Locator

Precinct Specific District Information
Congressional District: 09
State Representative: 096
Senate: 31
County Commissioner: 02
County SBD: 05
City SBD: N/A
City Council: 02

There is then a link that allows you to return to the Elected Officals Page, and from there you can go to the site and find out who your representatives are.

American Rhetoric

A database of over 5000 public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and more is found here.

Copyright Tools

Over the past several years, Michael Brewer and the Copyright Advisory Subcommittee of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy have been developing tools to educate librarians, educators and others about copyright. These now include the Public Domain slider, the Section 108 Spinner, the Fair Use Evaluator, and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool. These tools are all available online for anyone to use or link to.

Using these educational tools can help educators and others become more comfortable utilizing the limitations and exceptions to the exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder under U. S. Copyright law.  By exercising these valuable exceptions, we strengthen copyright’s primary purpose-“to promote the progress of science and useful arts” (U. S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8).–From the website.

Open Culture

Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. He finds the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & movies you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between.”–From the website.

What Was There

“The WhatWasThere project was inspired by the realization that we could leverage technology and the connections it facilitates to provide a new human experience of time and space – a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.

The premise is simple: provide a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: Location and Year. If enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, together we will weave together a photographic history of the world (or at least any place covered by Google Maps). So wherever you are in the world, take a moment to upload a photograph and contribute to history!”–From the website.

AFI : Catalog of Feature Films

“The AFI Catalog of Feature Films, the most authoritative filmographic database on the web, includes entries on nearly 60,000 American feature-length films and 17,000 short films produced from 1893-2011. It also includes AFI AWARDS honorees from 2000 through 2014.”–From the website.

The Internet Bird Collection

The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is a non-profit endeavour with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world’s avifauna. It is an on-line audiovisual library of the world’s birds that is available to the general public free of charge. While the initial aim is to post at least one video or photo per species, the long-term objective is to eventually include material showing a variety of biological aspects (e.g. feeding, breeding, etc.) for every species.“–From the website.

Country Statistics

“Economic and social statistics on the countries and territories of the world, with particular reference to children’s well-being.”–From the website.

Catholic Online Saints and Angels

“Catholic Online provides over five million pages of content including the largest online historical and biblical database about the Catholic Church including comprehensive information about over 7,000 Catholic saints and comprehensive online scriptures from all books of the Old and New Testament.”–From the website.

Civil War Diaries and Letters. University of Iowa Libraries.

This site contains digitized items from the University of Iowa’s Special Collections.  You can browse all of the collection, or browse just the diaries or just the correspondence, or just the photographs.  A very useful Civil War research site.


“BigCharts is the world’s most comprehensive and easy-to-use investment research Web site, providing access to professional-level research tools such as interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary. These tools combine with a graphical interface and our intuitive navigation to make your research experience productive, entertaining and fun. Best of all, BigCharts is a free service supported entirely by our site sponsors.”–From the website.

1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War

1914-1918-online – International Encyclopedia of the First World War is an English-language online reference work on World War One. Launched in October 2014, the multi-perspective, public-access encyclopedia is a collaborative project by the largest network of WW1 researchers worldwide, spanning more than 50 countries. 1914-1918-online features innovative navigation and search functions based on semantic wiki technology and will eventually contain more than 1,000 articles.–From the website.

Freedom Summer Digital Collection

“Freedom Summer Digital Collection – The Wisconsin Historical Society has one of the richest collections of Civil Rights movement records in the nation, which includes more than 100 manuscript collections documenting the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964.

More than 25,000 pages from the Freedom Summer manuscripts — enough to fill several file cabinets — are available online. In them you will find official records of organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); the personal papers of movement leaders and activists such as Amzie Moore, Mary King and Howard Zinn, letters and diaries of northern college students who went South to volunteer for the summer; newsletters produced in Freedom Schools; racist propaganda, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and brochures, magazine articles, telephone call logs, candid snapshots, internal memos, press releases and much more. The digital collection will continue to grow as more manuscripts are added in coming months.”–From the website.

Europeana, 1914-1918

“<link href=”/assets/v2.1/stylesheets/noscript.css?locale=en.css” media=”all” rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” />/assets/v2.1/javascripts/respond.js?locale=en.jsEuropeana 1914-1918 – Europeana 1914-1918 brings together resources from three major European projects each dealing with different types of First World War material. The result is an archive that allows the national collections of libraries to sit beside personal stories and treasures and important film archives. Together, this creates a unique perspective of the First World War, showing it from every side of the battle lines and with insights from every point of view. Over time, even more material will be added to this archive so please keep coming back!”–From the website.  You can add your family’s personal story.

Travelers’ Health

“From the Centers for Disease Control, this is the site to go to in order to find health-related information related to a traveler’s destination anywhere in the world.”