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Problem with PDF files and Internet Explorer fixed Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Adobe has released a fix for the bug with viewing PDF files in Internet Explorer with release 10.1.3 of Adobe Reader. Users with auto-updating should already have the fix.

In March we reported that Internet Explorer users might see only a grey screen when trying to open PDF files. This was due to a bug with Adobe Reader version 10.1.2. You should not have had this problem with other browsers. This link to the Adobe site, explains more. This bug affected at least some of the PDF files in the State Library Digital Collections.

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Preservation Week webinars Monday, April 23, 2012

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Preservation Week, April 22-28, will be celebrated with free webinars for the public and for librarians. Find out more at @ your library

Tuesday, April 24, 2 pm Eastern, Webinar: “Taking Care: Family Textiles.”
From the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
Visit the ALCTS website for more information. See their list of other free webinars at the same link, includes Book repair basics, Disaster response, and Mold prevention.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Webinar. “Saving Cherished Memorabilia: Preservation Tips for Family Historians”  From the Library of Congress. Staff members from the Library’s Preservation Directorate and the Local History & Genealogy Reading will host a free webinar with tips and recommendations for preserving family memorabilia. To participate in this webinar, send an email at least three days prior to the event to Mark Wilson (mwilson@loc.gov). Webinar “seats” are limited and will be filled in the order in which the requests are received.

Thursday, April 26, 2 pm Eastern, Webinar: “Preserving Personal Digital Photographs” From the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Visit the ALCTS website for more information. See their list of other free webinars at the same link, includes Book repair basics, Disaster response, and Mold prevention.

Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Webinar: “Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs” From the Library of Congress. The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program will present information about learning to care for digital photos. Hosted by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. Free; registration required .

Preservation Week @ your Library has additional resources

Political Buttons now in Flickr Monday, April 23, 2012

Posted by capittsley in digital collections, history, Museum, updates.
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Just in time for the beginning of the political season here in Connecticut, the Museum of Connecticut History is proud to bring you the buttons of political campaigns past. This collection of nearly 1,000 Connecticut political campaign buttons were donated by Mr. James Cassidy of Greenwich and can be found on our Flickr page.

Gubernatorial campaign buttons, circa 1936

Gubernatorial campaign buttons for Wilbur L. Cross and opponent Arthur M. Brown. Cross was governor of Connecticut from 1931-1939.

Included in the collection are buttons from campaigns for Governor, Lieutenant Governor (until 1966 the Governor and Lieutenant Governor were elected separately), Treasurer, Secretary of the State, Attorney General and Comptroller. In addition there are buttons from races for U.S. Senator and Representative as well as examples of materials from local political campaigns. Winners and losers are both represented. The Museum has a sizable collection of Connecticut political memorabilia and there is some duplication in the new acquisition, but examples of buttons not previously in the collection far outnumber the duplicates. Connecticut political history is one of the Museum‘s three primary collecting areas, the others being military and industrial history. Of the three, political history is the hardest to illustrate, and artifacts such as campaign buttons, bumper stickers, lawn signs and similar materials are significant ways of linking abstract political ideas to the politicians who espouse them.

Inside the Vault: The History of UConn Basketball Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Posted by kabery in CSLmade, history, Museum, updates.
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CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY “3rd THURSDAY OF THE MONTH”BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES

logoConnecticut sports journalist and author Ken Davis will be at the Connecticut State Library on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from Noon to 12:45 to discuss his book The University of Connecticut Basketball Vault. This fascinating “interactive scrapbook” traces the entire history of the Huskies, from their humble beginnings in 1901 through the 2009-2010 season – from Louis Alexander to Kemba Walker. Davis’ book includes never-before-published photographs, artwork and replica memorabilia drawn from UConn’s campus archives and other sources. Davis’ talk will draw on his experience covering UConn basketball since 1985, when he began a 20-year stint as staff writer at The Hartford Courant.

Davis’ talk will be presented in Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford as part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series. This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and all attendees should feel free to bring their lunch. Mr. Davis will have copies of his book available for purchase and for autographing.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker: Ken Davis has more than 30 years experience as a sports journalist and currently is employed by FOXSports.com as the publisher, managing editor and lead writer for UConnPlaybook.com. He is also the author of The University of Kansas Basketball Vault published in December 2008. Prior to coming to Connecticut he was a sportswriter at newspapers in Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., St. Joseph, Mo., Binghamton, N.Y., and Baltimore, Md. Davis has covered the basketball programs at Kansas, Syracuse, Maryland and Connecticut – four of the most prominent programs in the nation.

Davis is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and the Football Writers Association of America. He is an 11-time winner in the USBWA writing contest and his work has been honored six times in the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest. He has covered or attended every NCAA Men’s Final Four since 1985. He lives in Coventry, Conn., with his wife, Nancy.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library.