I can tell work is getting to me… when I opened a DVD case this afternoon to put the movie into my player, my first instinct was to scan the barcode.
Some 1,000 years ago, the Vikings set off on a voyage to Notre Dame Bay in modern-day Newfoundland, Canada, new evidence suggests.
The journey would have taken the Vikings, also called the Norse, from L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the same island to a densely populated part of…
After 90 Years, JRR Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf Will Finally Get Published
Before he was a fantasy author, JRR Tolkien was an incredibly gifted linguist with a focus on early Old English and Norse. Now, we’ll get to see more of his translation work first hand, because his version of the 10th century epic poem Beowulf will soon be available.
I’m currently taking an art history class online through my local community college and this week we’ve discussed the ancient Greeks, focusing on Knossos and regions throughout Mycenae. The main element we’re exploring this week is mythical places, and so my professor posed a discussion about our favorite mythological place. Here was his prompt:
Here are 3 mythic or lost kingdoms that I have had no trouble finding a modern reference or version of - popular culture is steeped in the magical power of faraway, exotic and unattainable lands. I suspect this may be the modern version - neutralized and relatively harmless - of the colonial spirit that inspired our fore-bearers.
I think myth is a powerful and complex force - I’d like you to identify your favorite mythic place or lost civilization:
- Tell us why you are drawn to it
- Tell us why it endures as a popular legend today
- Tell us how it illustrates the powerful force of myth in contemporary society
- Incorporate a video to illustrate your point (as I did above)
Here’s what I wrote:
Soldiers, activists, and the Ukrainian Library Association try to protect libraries and books from damage during the current conflicts.
By Olivia Snaije
Since ancient times, libraries and books have always suffered collateral damage in conflicts and wars. As the situation in Ukraine remains highly volatile, the Ukrainian Library Association has rallied with other organizations to form a national committee within the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS) to help protect cultural property at risk of destruction.
Founded in 1995, the Ukrainian Library Association is a national, non-governmental professional association which represents about 80,000 library workers across the country and more than 40,000 libraries. The Association functions remarkably like a political lobby, “supporting the process of democratization in Ukraine,” said Valentyna Pashkova, vice-president of the Association, via email. “[The] Association strives to be the chief advocate for the people of Ukraine to achieve and maintain high-quality library and information services by protecting the right to read, educating librarians, improving library services, and making information available to everyone.”
When street battles between protestors and government troops took place in January and February of this year in Ukraine, the Association reacted quickly with a statement to The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) calling for immediate action to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. The Association was also quick to condemn the attempt to set a regional library on fire in the center of Vinnytsia, a city southwest of Kiev. (According to Pashkova, this was an isolated incident.)
Many of the skirmishes took place in front of Kiev’s National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine, which in 1943 was heavily damaged after looting and burning by retreating Nazi troops. Librarians stayed on the job night and day helping anti-government protestors and protecting the building and the library collections. The International Red Cross set up a field hospital inside the library and a few streets away the Maidan civil movement opened a free public library in Maidan square in late January, with residents donating books to it.
With the possibility of of the Republic of Crimea separating from Ukraine looming, Pashkova said she has spoken to several individual members of the Ukrainian Library Association in Crimea, although there are no regional chapters of the Association exist. In answer to the question of what she considered the most urgent issues to deal with in the near future, Pashkova replied: “The Ukrainian Library Association initiated the round table of the national (there are 8 national libraries in Ukraine) and state library directors, the leading librarians and everyone who is interested. The aim is to work out the proposals for the new Minister of Culture on how to transform the library field taking into account democratic changes, trends in technology and so on.”
top: Activists and soldiers protecting the National Parliamentary Library in the Ukraine (Photo: Halyna Kyrychenko); bottom: Barricades outside the National Parliamentary Library. (Photo: IFLA)
Roman silver drinking vessel which cost the museum £1.8m could be 20th century creation, professor claims during debate
This was published a few days ago, and while the evidence at this stage is not irrefutable, developments from these claims might be interesting to keep an eye on.