Archive for September, 2010

Answer Sheet: Week of September 18

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Did you take the Quiztory last week? Now it’s time to check your answers:

1. What co-founder of the Polish Secret Army allowed himself to be captured by the Nazis in order to infiltrate Auschwitz and deliver intelligence to other resistance fighters?
Witold Pilecki

2. The first broadcast of 60 Minutes on Sept. 24, 1968, showed exclusive footage of which two presidential candidates?
Richard Nixon (R) and Hubert Humphrey (D)

3.  Sarah Jane Moore was the second person to attempt to assassinate President Gerald Ford, who made the first attempt?
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme

4. What publisher gave J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to his ten-year-old son to review?
Stanley Unwin

5. On September 11, 2001, the passengers on one of the four planes fought off their hijackers.  In what Pennsylvania town did this plane crash land?

Shanksville, Penn.

Related Link Resources:
On This Day: Witold Pilecki Allows Himself to be Captured by Nazis
On This Day: “60 Minutes” Debuts
On This Day: President Gerald Ford Survives Despite Second Assassination Attempt
On This Day: J.R.R.Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is Published
On This Day: President Bush Declares “War on Terror”


Quiztory: Week of September 18

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Test your students’ knowledge of the notable events covered infindingDulcinea’s “On This Day” column this week with Quiztory.

It makes a fun extra credit assignment.

1. What co-founder of the Polish Secret Army allowed himself to be captured by the Nazis in order to infiltrate Auschwitz and deliver intelligence to other resistance fighters?

2. The first broadcast of 60 Minutes on Sept. 24, 1968, showed exclusive footage of which two presidential candidates receiving the nominations from their respective parties?

3.  Sarah Jane Moore was the second person to attempt to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Who made the first attempt?

4. What publisher gave J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to his ten-year-old son to review?

5. On September 11, 2001, the passengers on one of the four planes hijacked by terrorists, fought off their attackers.  In what Pennsylvania town did this plane crash?
What’s Coming Up?

Next week, we’ll examine the history of The Bill of Rights, the Rosetta Stone, and the West Bank settlement. We’ll also look at America’s first ever presidential debate, the first hydroelectric power plant, and the case of the “Tylenol Terrorist.”

Related Link Resources:

On This Day Column

Answer Sheet: Week of September 11

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Did you take the Quiztory last week?  Now it’s time to check your answers:

1.  Before Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power from the socialist President Salvadore Allende, what other leader launched an unsuccessful coup against Allende?  Col. Roberto Super

2.  What Athenian general persuaded Callimachus to launch an assault on the Persians, despite being outnumbered? Militiades

3. What was the name of Charles Darwin’s book that explains his theory of evolution based upon observations of different species inhabiting the Galapagos Islands? On the Origin of Species

4. Before the Super Mario Bros. game was released, Mario featured in Donkey Kong, under a different name. What was he called? Jumpman

5. What famous cartoon dog launched attacks on the “Red Baron” from atop his doghouse? Snoopy

Related Link Resources:

On This Day: Pinochet Seizes Power in Chile
On This Day: Athens Defeats Persian Army at the Battle of Marathon
On This Day: Nintendo Releases “Super Mario Bros.”
On This Day: Darwin’s HMS Beagle Reaches Galapagos Islands
On This Day: The “Red Baron” Wins His First Aerial Combat

Quiztory: Week of September 11

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Test your students’ knowledge of the notable events covered infindingDulcinea’s “On This Day” column this week with Quiztory.

It makes a fun extra credit assignment.
1.  Before Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power from the socialist President Salvadore Allende, what other leader launched an unsuccessful coup against Allende?
2.  What Athenian general persuaded Callimachus to launch an assault on the Persians, despite being heavily outnumbered?
3. What was the name of Charles Darwin’s book that explains his theory of evolution based upon observations of different species inhabiting the Galapagos Islands?
4. Before the Super Mario Bros. game was released, Mario featured in Donkey Kong, under a different name. What was he called?
5. What famous cartoon dog launched attacks on the “Red Baron” from atop his doghouse?

What’s Coming Up?

Next week, “On This Day” will examine President Bush’s declaration of “War on Terror” and the second attempt on President Gerald Ford’s life. We’ll also explore the history of baseball, the publication of “The Hobbit” and the life of a Polish spy who let himself be captured by the Nazis.

Related Link Resources:

On This Day Column

Educators That Rock!: Sarah Houghton-Jan

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Photo by Marc L. Gonzales, SFStation.

Last year, findingEducation spoke with Sarah Houghton-Jan, also known as the Librarian in Black, about her roles as a blogger, lecturer and the digital futures manager for the San José Public Library.

Houghton-Jan told findingEducation that when she’s teaching a customer or student something new, she tries to pretend she’s speaking to her mother because “the unknown is really creepy. And that causes me to show a certain level of respect and patience,” she said. “[M]aybe that will work for other people [but] only if you like your mother,” she added with a laugh.

Houghton-Jan was chosen as a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2009. She is also a consultant for the Infopeople Project and a member of the Library & Information Technology Association’s Top Technology Trends Committee.

fE: Could you tell us how you became the digital futures manager for the San José Public Library?

SHJ: I started out not even wanting to be a librarian, and not being very techy. I was just handed our library’s Web site, at the university where I went to library school, and they said, “You’re responsible for maintaining this part of the Web site. Have fun!” I had no HTML training. So I did just a lot of self-training. And I took what few Web-based classes were available.

When I got out of library school, I was looking to relocate to the San Francisco area and one of the jobs that was available was for a combination Web site manager and technology trainer.

I’d been a teacher for a while, and I’d also now managed a Web site, so that was perfect.

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Related Link Resources
Librarian in Black
San Jose Public Library
Library Journal: Movers & Shakers: Sarah Houghton-Jan
Infopeople Project
Library & Information Technology Association: Top Technology Trends

The Answer Sheet: Week of September 4

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Did you take the Quiztory last week?  Now it’s time to check your answers:

1.  What was the name of the governor of Arkansas who called in the National Guard to try to stop the “Little Rock Nine” from attending an all-white high school?
Gov. Orval Faubus

2.  What was the name of the Palestinian terrorist group responsible for the Munich Massacre?
Black September

3.  Which Missouri governor made stopping Jesse James’ gang a campaign promise?
Missouri Gov. Thomas Crittenden

4.  What were the names of the two Washington Post reporters best-known for their coverage of the FBI investigation of the Watergate scandal?
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

5.  After taking several prison guards hostage, what demands did the prisoners of the Attica Correctional Facility make?
the removal of the warden, amnesty for revolt participants, and better conditions

Related Link Resources:

On This Day 1957: Arkansas National Guard Bars “Little Rock Nine” From School
On This Day 1972: Palestinian Terrorists Kill Israeli Athletes in “Munich Massacre”
On This Day 1876: Jesse James is Nearly Killed
On This Day 1974: President Ford Pardons Richard Nixon

On This Day 1971: On This Day: Attica Prison Uprising Begins

Quiztory: Week of September 4

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Test your students’ knowledge of the notable events covered infindingDulcinea’s “On This Day” column this week with Quiztory.

It makes a fun extra credit assignment.

1.  What was the name of the governor of Arkansas who called in the National Guard to try to stop the “Little Rock Nine” from attending an all-white high school?
2.  What was the name of the Palestinian terrorist group responsible for the Munich Massacre?
3.  Which Missouri governor made stopping Jesse James’ gang a campaign promise?
4.  What were the names of the two Washington Post reporters best-known for their coverage of the FBI investigation of the Watergate scandal?
5.  After taking several prison guards hostage, what demands did the prisoners of the Attica Correctional Facility make?

What’s Coming Up?

Next week, “On This Day” will take a look at Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military junta, the Red Baron’s first aerial victory, and the Persian army’s defeat at the Battle of Marathon. We’ll also read about the first man-made object to reach the moon, the founding of General Motors, and the release of the Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo game system.

Related Link Resources:

On This Day Column

Educators That Rock: Lauren Pressley

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Photo ©Wake Forest University by Ken Bennett.

Lauren Pressley is the instructional design librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. In addition to her role as a librarian, Pressley is an author, a blogger and a frequent presenter.

Pressley was named a Mover and Shaker by School Library Journal in 2009, and was sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Board to participate in the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program in 2007. She also recently developed a very popular toolkit of short videos (two to three minutes long), which answer patrons’ frequent questions.

In a phone interview last week, Pressley told findingEducation about the impact online networks have had on her personally and professionally. “As a quiet person … I’ve been able to find my voice online,” she said. “It’s opened up a lot of doors that wouldn’t have been open to me otherwise.”

Learn more about Lauren Pressley at Lauren’s Library Blog.

fE: This past fall, Michael Porter and David Lee King published a collection of librarian essays for a project they called Library 101. In your essay, you describe the disappointment you felt after taking a personality test that listed librarian as one of the last possible careers for you to consider. What did it suggest you do instead?

LP: It actually said I should practice law or be a “professional philosopher.” I have no idea what that means. So the thing that is sort of interesting to me about that test is that all the qualities that it said that I had that would have made me a poor fit as a librarian were because they were assuming that the person needs to be really rigid and rule-following and not necessarily friendly. But the things that make me good at my job are actually the very things that that test thought would make me bad.

It’s indicative of how the field has changed, that people have such a clear idea of what librarians were and make assumptions based on that.

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The Answer Sheet: Week of August 28

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Did you take the Quiztory last week?  Now it’s time to check your answers:

1. Which of the “Big Six” leaders was unable to attend the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech? Why?
Jim Farmer. He was in prison.

2. For what reason was the signing of the treaty that ended The Revolutionary War delayed? What was the name of that treaty?
Initially, the British refused to recognize America’s independence.  The Treaty of Paris.

3. In what 1956  landmark U.S. Supreme Court case did Thurgood Marshall argue against segregation in schools?
Brown v. the Board of Education.

4. For what cause did Sen. Strom Thurmond attempt to stall voting in the longest filibuster in Senate history?
The Civil Rights Act of 1957

5. What was the name of the non-aggression pact, Germany signed with the Soviet Union prior to the German invasion of Poland in 1939?
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact


Related Sources:

On This Day: Martin Luther Jr. Gives “I Have a Dream” Speech
On This Day: Treaty of Paris Signed, Ending Revolutionary War
On This Day: Thurgood Marshall Confirmed as First African-American Supreme Court Justice
On This Day: Strom Thurmond Ends Longest Filibuster in Senate History
On This Day: Germany Invades Poland Starting World War II

Quiztory: Week of August 28

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Test your students’ knowledge of the notable events covered infindingDulcinea’s “On This Day” column this  week with Quiztory.

It makes a fun extra credit assignment.

1. Which of the Big Six leaders was unable to attend the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech”? Why?

2. For what reason was the signing of the treaty that ended The Revolutionary War delayed? What was the name of that treaty?

3. In what 1956 landmark Supreme Court case did Thurgood Marshall argue against segregation in schools?

4. For what cause did Sen. Strom Thurmond attempt to stall voting in the longest filibuster in Senate history?

5. What was the name of the non-aggression pact Germany signed with the Soviet Union prior to the German invasion of Poland in 1939?

What’s Coming Up?

Next week, “On This Day” will take a look at President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon, the Attica Prison Uprising, and France’s final execution by Guillotine. We’ll also examine President McKinley’s murder, the Munich Massacre, and the National Guard’s response to the “Little Rock Nine.”

Related Link Resources:

On This Day Column