Archive for August, 2019

British Library Online Exhibitions

This institution has posted many online exhibitions featuring items from its huge collection. Ranging from a large selection of maps of London to early photographically illustrated books, these collections delve into their themes with a curator’s introduction as well as descriptive annotations on each object presented. One can easily lose oneself in the various presentations here.

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Congressional Russian Investigation Documents

Not only are all the hearings listed at this site – Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations – but letters, remarks, subpoenas, press releases, etc are all included so in essence all Congressional documents pertaining to Russian interference are available in one spot.

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Short-Form 2019 Hugo Award Winners and Contenders & 2018 Short-Form Nebula Award Winners and Contenders Freely Available Online

Most of the works in the shorter categories such as “novelette” and “short story” are available for you to read online. The 2018 Nebula titles are here; the 2019 Hugo titles can be perused here. Enjoy.

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Interviews with Dr Dorothy Denning

Since the Professional Security Studies department houses the Dr. Dorothy E. Denning Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, now would be a good time to direct you to two recent interviews with her: an oral history interview from the University of Minnesota (2013), and this 2018 oral history interview housed at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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Top 100 Websites in the World

This infographic presents a list of these websites based on the number of monthly visitors; it should come as no surprise to learn that Google is #1. This feature also shows relational linkages as well as brief descriptions of the companies in question.

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How New Jersey School Districts Spend Their Monies

The 2019 Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending has just been released. Every district is profiled using multiple indicators. Want to know how much money your district spent? How much revenue came from the state? The teacher-pupil ratio? The cost per student? All of these questions and so many more are here.

Here are some numbers for Jersey City: total expenditures were $725, 612, 663; revenue from the state was 79.8%; the teacher pupil ratio was 11.4; and the total cost per student was $26, 028.

You can search by indicator, district, or group, and you can easily call up state averages medians as well. Access to prior reports are also available.

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Top Five Library Blog Entries

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Jersey City School District’s Rankings in Niche’s 2020 Best School Districts in America Survey

Niche utilized various indices to rank the more than 11,000 school districts in the country. You can search among many criteria: private school, charter school, by state, by city, etc. Here is how Jersey City fared.

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National Security Reports – July 2019 Update

International Relations Committee Report: Rising Nuclear Risk, Disarmament and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (UK Parliament Library); Developments in Violent Extremism in the Middle East and Beyond: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief (NAS); Defending Elections (Brennan Center); Thematic Bibliography: Information Warfare (NATO); Active Cyber Defence – The Second Year (UK National Cyber Security Center); Conflict: Watch List-2019 Second Update (International Crisis Group); Issue Brief: State Cyber Disruption Response Plans (NGA); State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 (UNICEF); Securing 5G Networks (CFR); 5G Wireless Networks: Market Penetration and Risk Factors (DHS); National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit (OJP); Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance 2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report; FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands(GAO); Mass Attacks In Public Spaces – 2018 (US Secret Service); and Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2019 (Europol).

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations; U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America: An Overview; DOD’s Cloud Strategy and the JEDI Cloud Procurement; Caribbean Basin Security Initiative; Iran Sanctions (major 100+ pages report); Hypersonic Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress; The Current State of Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform and Management; Campaign and Election Security Policy: Brief Introduction; and Military Installations and Sea-Level Rise.(All CRS)


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Dime Novels

Calamity Jane, Jesse James, Buffalo Bill, heroines, detectives, highwaymen, sailors – all strutted through the pages of these ephemeral publications, called dime novels because of their cost. Thousands of these luridly-covered titles were produced starting in 1860, the first novel being Malaeska, the Indian wife of the white hunter, written by Mrs. Stephens. A brief but informative history of this type of work, which was a catchall phrase to describe several variants, is online; a timeline of its development is also available. A major examination of this type of publication can be found at House of Beadle & Adams Online, an electronic version of the 1950 multi-volume examination of this important publishing house for dime novels.

The largest single online collection of dime novels, over 7000 titles, is housed at Northern Illinois University – Nickels and Dimes; the site contains practically every number of Beadle’s Dime Library, totaling 1099 issues. You can search  by genre, series, or author. My particular favorite is the “sea stories” section with works authored by such luminaries as Ned Buntline and Victor Hugo.

Another large collection reposes at Villanova University – Dime Novel and Popular Literature – that also includes the precursors to dime novels. Numerous series are represented here as well as titles translated into foreign languages. It also hosts the Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography an ongoing project that aims to comprehensively list all dime novels ever published. Using the menu’s full text option, you can call up more than 9,000 full text issues culled from the various online collections.

Almost 1,300 issues are digitally reproduced at the University of South Florida. What caught my eye here is the March 3, 1885 edition of the Old Sleuth Library entitled The Bay Ridge Mystery“; Bay Ridge being that part of Brooklyn where I grew up.

Over 1700 dime novel covers are found at Syracuse University.

Many of these novels are labeled romances featuring women in all sorts of guises. While many people associate these works with just the exploits of frontiersman or cowboys, nothing could be further from the truth. Women and the World of Dime Novels from the American Antiquarian Society seeks to correct this misconception and presents pertinent essays along with selected novels to buttress its argument that dime novels are not solely a male reserve. American Women’s Dime Novel Project is also a must stop, though at the time of this writing some features are not functional.

The British analog is called “penny dreadfuls“. While some of these are found in the above collections, it is but a very small sample. And I have yet to find an equivalent repository of these unique items. A few can be read here and you can find the original Sweeney Todd appearing in The String of Pearls that was serially issued in 1846/47.


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