The Books that Created Dracula

Some excellent detective work on the origins of Dracula!

“The London Library today unveiled a fascinating discovery that sheds new light on how Dracula was researched and written. We’ve found 26 books that are almost certainly the original copies that Bram Stoker used to help research his enduring classic.

Philip Spedding, the Library’s Development Director who made the discovery, commented: “Bram Stoker was a member of The London Library but until now we have had no indication whether or how he used our collection. Today’s discovery changes that and we can establish beyond reasonable doubt that numerous books still on our shelves are the very copies that he was using to help write and research his masterpiece.” (See London Library’s “The Books that Created Dracula“)

Philip Spedding looks at the books discovered in The London Library that were used by Bram Stoker to research Dracula

The Books that Created Dracula

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The Bottomless Pinocchio, Misinformation, and the Fight for Truth

Since yesterday’s post about the War on Truth, a few more items have come our way.

First, the Washington Post’s fact-checkers have introduced a new category called “the Bottomless Pinocchio” for constantly repeated false claims. Take a look a the video below or visit this article,
“Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again”.

Second, the first episode of the (Mis)Informed Podcast has been released. This focuses on fact-checking political sources. You can listen at the player below or read more here, “(Mis)informed podcast: Who is fact-checking actually for?”

The Botomless Pinocchio:

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(Mis)Informed Podcast:

The War on Truth! Defending Free & Open Journalism

Librarians and journalists share many values. Namely, the belief that free and open information is vital to democracy and an open society. This week a few, year-end announcements from our colleagues in the world of journalism were made that should be highlighted.

First, Time magazine announced that their person (people) of the year is “the Guardians and the War on Truth.”
The video pasted below outlines those involved.

Second, PolitiFact announced their “Lie of the Year” which is the online smear machine trying to take down Parkland students.
Finally, PolitiFact also released “Trump’s 10 top falsehood of 2018” which offers an interesting perspective into our current political landscape.

Here’s the video from Time:

eRead Loan Period Changes

As of January 2nd, 2019, the eRead E-book and E-Audio collection will change its loan period from 21 days to 14 days and holds will change from 3 days to 2 days. The goal of these changes is to maximize the availability of popular materials in the collection.

Any materials checked out prior to January 2nd, 2019 will still have the remainder of the 21 day checkout period.  For any questions, please ask a librarian.

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night…and They are Selling It

You are being watched!!

The New York Times has a great interactive piece online today that details ways that your apps are tracking you and then selling your location data to advertisers. The level of detail is frightening. You can find the story here:  Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

You can learn more about the background to this story on the podcast “The Daily” here:

The Business of Selling Your Location
Smartphone apps track a staggering amount of data about our whereabouts every day. That data has become a hot commodity.
“A New York Times investigation has found that the information being collected about us through apps on our smartphones is far more extensive than most of us imagine — or are aware we have consented to.”

If you want to better control what your apps know about you check out: How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location. 

Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois: A Progress Report on the Preamble of the State Constitution

The preamble of the Illinois state constitution talks about the maintenance of the health, safety and welfare of its citizens through a representative and orderly government. It aims to eliminate poverty and inequality, provide social and economic justice, and the fullest development of the individual. What grade does the state of Illinois deserve for their performance in this 200th year, particularly with regard to its “orderly” government? Professor of History, Political Science and Sociology Merri Fefles and Political Science Professor Kevin Navratil will lead a discussion examining these and other topics. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.

Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois: A Progress Report on the Preamble of the State Constitution

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Classic Movie Serials

Many MVCC students and staff enjoy reading graphic novels.   Take that reading experience one step further and make it a visual experience. View a different type of movie genre this  winter vacation – a classic movie serial.

According to Wikipedia, serials, more specifically known as movie serials, film serials or chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.

Also known as chapter plays, they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called “chapters” or “episodes”.  Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little chance of escape.  Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.

Pulp Cereal is the website that will give you a glimpse into the  first 50 years of this forgotten movie genre.  Watch the Flash Gordon serial, Radar Men from the Moon and many other serials that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will earth be saved from outer space invaders?  Will The SOS Coastguard save the sinking ship?  Binge viewing is encouraged.

You may also want to check out Links and read some interesting pulp fiction from 1896-1946.

So much to view/read over your break. Enjoy!

 

Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois!

On December 3rd 1818, Illinois achieved full statehood and became the 21st state. To celebrate its birthday, the Moraine Valley Library created a display at the front entrance, and is serving cake at noon. Also, on the State of Illinois website, Illinoisans voted on what are some of its greatest people, places, and moments in a variety of categories: Movies, Businesses, Inventions and Innovations, Buildings, Historic Sites, Scenic spots, Museums, Books, Writers, Heartbreaking Moments, Musicians, Artists and architects, Actors, Entertainers, Scientists, Athletes, Groundbreaking women, Minority trailblazers, Leaders, and Unforgettable moments.

To view the results, click the link below.

Top 200 of Illinois