News and Announcements
February 25, 2015
Rob Lopresti's short story Nachshon has been accepted into the upcoming fall publication of the short story anthology Jewish Noir by PM Press.
February 1, 2015
NGIN Staffer Carlos A. Diaz has created a set of posters celebrating Black History Month featuring African-Americans in U.S. stamps. Find out why these famous figures have become part of our national heritage.
December 2, 2014
NGIN's Spring Conference will be held at the University of Idaho on Monday, May 11, 2015. Sign up here with the registration form.
September 30, 2014
Past President Rob Lopresti has released a new book: Shanks on Crime. Visit roblopresti.com for more information.
September 28, 2014
Secretary Cass Hartnett is working on the 2nd edition of Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources. Visit the ALA store for more information on the 1st edition.
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Website of the Week: Smithsonian Magazine
As you know, the Smithsonian Institution is a quasi-agency of the federal government. Though, we do receive quite a few government documents, the one we don't receive is their flagship publication Smithsonian Magazine.
I've had a subscription to this magazine before and have always been enthralled by it. Its pages offer all sorts of things that allow you to explore your mind...a wonderful learning opportunity. In its online version, there are not only wonderful images but also videos made available as well.
Their topics focus mostly on history, science, innovation, travel, arts, and culture. The writing is excellent and the visuals are amazing.
Some sample articles:
"Japan Announces Plans for the First Hotel Run by Robots"
"Designing Buildings For Hot Climates, Cold Ones and Everything in Between"
"What Exactly is Duck Sauce"
Take a look at it sometime.
As for the Smithsonian Institution and its museum system...it is a must see whenever you go to Washington DC. SI is not one giant museum but 20 different museums including the National Zoo, nine research centers, and four cultural centers. There is a lot to see including:
- The American History Museum
- The Air & Space Museum
- African American History and Culture Museum
- American Indian Museum
- The Portrait Gallery
- The Postal Museum
... and so much more.
If you have gone to a Smithsonian museum, which one was your favourite and why?
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