Thanks again for helping to launch a fruitful discussion on the new AM
interface. Your vote is very important - if our own Fellows have trouble,
how will new users fare?
About the discussion format - be aware that the software used to create the
conferencing areas (Hypernews) is not the latest and greatest. It was a
good tool two years ago when we held the first institute, but new products
have come on the market with enhanced features. We are using WebCrossing
for an online workshop that we are currently designing and testing.
If you are interested in learning more about online conferencing software,
let me know. I have a URL or two that might help.
Congratulations on all of these interesting developments! Little did you
know where the American Memory Fellows Institute would lead....
At 12:25 PM 2/6/99 -0800, you wrote:
>You are absolutely correct! I was confusing the Learning Page, which
>I feel is ok, with the AM page, which makes me yearn for the one I
>first encountered when first getting to know the AM collections. I
>still vote for the old AM setup, but that is just one vote.
>I was at a conference at Yale to plan for a seminar between our school
>district and UCI modeled after the Yale-New Haven project. I've been
>invited to attend one of their summer intensive courses, and during a
>suggestion session, asked them to look at the AMF discussion format as
>a model for them to have preseminar discussions. They are looking at
>it closely and so is our collaboration in So Cal.
>Finally, one of my classes did an interview of one of our art teachers
>whose class last year painted a mural on one of the walls near a
>beautiful garden we have. Many students asked many questions which
>led to about a 40 minute interview. We video taped it, took some dig
>camera shots and I assigned students in all classes (who were able to
>watch the interview from the video) as a final project for the first
>semester to write an essay, short story, poem or illustrate something
>in relation to the interview. I got some really creative stuff.
>Marilyn and I are in the process of setting it up a website similar to
>Duke University's DoubleTake Magazine (see my lesson plans for URL).
>We will publish online photos, creative works and portions of the
>interview, hopefully, within 2-3 weeks or anyway once we figure out
>what we're doing.
>The new Ronald Reagan federal building was completed just a few months
>ago and M and I went to look at the new mural which has the history of
>Santa Ana and Orange Co (honest, I didn't know this when I was working
>on my project last summer). We will use that as a springboard for
>future editions of our Ejournal which we've entitled SAHs AltaVista:
>An Electronic Journal.
>---"Judith K. Graves" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Perhaps you are confusing two different pages.... Both American
>> and the Learning Page changed their home pages within days of each
>> I haven't heard any posts to this list about the AM home page, only
>> Learning Page.
>> No matter what page you are thinking of, I'd really be interested in
>> learning more about how and why you find the pages less helpful.
>> designer of the AM page and Ursula and I listen carefully to folks
>> And I'd like you to post comments to this main list. We always hear
>> good things - we don't always get honest critiques -- and yet,
>> only way we can make our pages more user-friendly.
>> Thanks, Mel, for voicing your opinion. Tell me more. I invite
>> also tell us more. Our goal is to make this a service to you, and
>> do that without your feedback.
>> Judy, m.h.
>> At 07:38 AM 2/5/99 -0800, you wrote:
>> >Greetings All,
>> >I know everyone has been raving about the new format of the American
>> >Memory Homepage and subsequent links; however, after looking at it
>> >today for the first time, especially, the page of the description of
>> >the collections, I find it less helpful and less attractive than the
>> >original page I first encountered over a year ago. I really felt
>> >the description of the contents of the pages was very informative and
>> >necessary for a browsing individual to know what he is looking for.
>> >Now that information on one(actually several) page(s) has
>> >One person's opinion.
>> >Mel Sanchez
>> >Santa Ana High School
>> >520 W. Walnut
>> >Santa Ana, CA 92701
>> >fax 714-567-4952
>> >DO YOU YAHOO!?
>> >Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com
>> Judith K. Graves
>> Education Resources Specialist
>> National Digital Library Program
>> Library of Congress
>> Washington, D.C. 20540-1320
>> [log in to unmask]
>> (V)202/707-2562 (F) 202/252-3173
>Santa Ana High School
>520 W. Walnut
>Santa Ana, CA 92701
>DO YOU YAHOO!?
>Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com
Judith K. Graves
Education Resources Specialist
National Digital Library Program
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20540-1320
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