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15 Free Philatelic Apps for Android Smartphones

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Stamp collecting today, whether as a hobby or as a professional endeavor, is so vastly different than when I first started collecting back in the 1960s. Then, you had to visit a stamp store, if you could find one. Or you had mail order options for obtaining your stamps. Today, the Internet is the trend: entering a search term in a browser and the entire world of philatelic data is brought to you. No let your fingers do the walking or getting out of your chair to chase down that elusive find. In some ways, however, we are still in the stage of letting our fingers do the work for us. But now, it’s done on our smartphones using apps.

I’d like to offer up 15 free apps for the Android that helps you identify, locate, purchase, categorize, inventory, and otherwise fully practice the art of stamp collecting. Now, let me be honest: I am a great believer in freeware if I can find it. And with freeware sometimes comes solutions that may be a bit skimpy on options desired. As always, caveat emptor is the password to downloading and using freeware. However, I am going to take some of the workload off you as I am going to give you some simple reviews of a few apps I think are provide a good service.

Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list, by any means. It’s just a curated selection to whet your appetite and encourage you to check out a way to bring your stamp collecting hobby or profession to your Android smartphone. All these apps were in the Google Play Store as of 27 Jan 2023 and all are in English.

Introductory Apps

These are Android apps that will introduce you to stamp collecting, providing you with information on the hobby that can last a lifetime. These apps are designed for kids as well as adults and provide basic information on how to get started, what to collect, philatelic terminology, and more.

1. Mystic’s This Day in History

Every day, Mystic’s app shares events from our past and links them to stamps. If you enjoy stamp collecting and history, this is a great app for you. Mystic, one of America’s leading stamp dealers, shares events from our past. Some of the most popular have been the meeting of the Stamp Act Congress, the end of the Pony Express service, the sudden death of President Harding, and the story of the Ground Zero flag following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Explore history through stamps every day!

By Mystic Stamp Company. 10K+ downloads. Ad free. Rating 4.8/5. Last updated 25 Feb 2021. 11.56 MB.

2.   Stamp Story

Stamp Story is designed for modern stamp collectors, especially mobile savvy youth. It is aimed at helping collectors stay engaged with this hobby amid today’s busy lifestyle. Key features include notifying you on new stamp issues from multiple countries and filtering stamps by themes as well as country. This is the only app I’ve seen that focuses on stamp designers and will let you be notified when a designer’s new issue is available. First released on 16 Aug 2019.

By StampLeisure. 100+ downloads. Unrated. Last updated 10 Dec 2019. 2.78 MB.

3.   U.S. Classic Stamps

If you want to read about the 185 U.S. stamps whose value equals or exceeds $1,000, then download this app. First released in 2014, U.S. Classic stamp peruses the more than 4,000 different stamps issued by the United States and offers the current values for various grades ranging from the 5-cent Benjamin Franklin of 1847 to the famous “Inverted Jenny” airmail stamp issued in 1918. Contains complete descriptions and means for identifying whether you possess one of these valuable stamps.

By Marvin Mallon. 10K+ downloads. Rating 4.1/5. Contains ads. Last updated 17 Apr 2020. 15.98 MB.

Inventory & Valuation Apps

These apps are always available on your Android smartphone when you need them. Not only do they provide general inventory information, but they also contain wish lists, selling lists, and other valuation options for the seller of stamps.

4.   MC Stamps

An inventory app that helps catalog 128,000 stamps from 80 countries. First released in 2013, the MC-Stamps app lets you download and consult catalogs (some free, some not) of stamps as well as manage your own catalogs. You can import/export your collection with PHILA-connector or in Excel. Additionally, you can publish your personal catalogs to the MBC cloud and share your collection with those who want to buy or sell stamps. Requires using your email to use. Premium version available.

By Mobile Collections. 10K+ downloads. Rating 3.5/5. Contains ads. Last updated 14 Jan 2023. 8.15 MB.

5.   The Museum of Philately

The Museum is a philatelic resource for people with an interest in the high-end of the hobby of collectible stamps and postal history. The app is an interactive digital presentation of important philatelic collections or belongings of private collectors. It allows you to examine award-winning collections, learn about the collectors, to zoom in on items and take a closer look at the rarest pieces of a collection. First released on 16 Sep 2019.

By David Feldman SA. 1K+ downloads. Rating 3.8/5. Last updated 9 Sep 2019. 2.44 MB.

6.   Stamp Identifier

This app uses advanced image recognition technology to quickly recognize any stamp image captured and provides more details about it, courtesy of colnect.com, a social network for worldwide collectors that has one of the world’s largest online stamp catalogs. You can use your camera, choose an image from a gallery, or share an image from any website to find your stamp. You can also save a list of favorite stamps for later review. First released in 2018.

By Colnect Collectors Community. 100K+ downloads. Rating 4.0/5. Last updated 23 Jan 2023. 10.24 MB.

7.   U.S. Stamp Checker

This is a companion app to the U.S. Classic Stamps app. This app is a price guide to the first 1,000 United States postage stamps. This could be a helpful guide in determining the value of an individual item or your entire collection, if dealing with stamps from 1847 to 1951. Links to stamp expertizers and dealers in your area. The home page contains links to years sought. Then scroll through the stamps by Scott Catalog number to see denomination, description, and minimum and maximum values.

By Marvin Mallon. 10K+ downloads. Rating 3.7/5. Contains ads. Last updated 21 Feb 2019. 3.02 MB.

Catalog Apps

Catalogs are the Bibles for stamp collectors. They provide the source of truth for identifying postage stamps worldwide and are usually updated annually to contain the latest issues.

8.       Stanley Gibbons Ltd

This app contains a wide selection of Great Britain, Commonwealth, and World catalogues, including the annual catalogues. In addition to the Great Britain Concise, Collect British Stamps, and the world-famous Commonwealth & Empire Stamps 1840-1970, the app contains numerous other one-country catalogues from around the world. First released on 13 May 2019. To be useful, you must have a Stanley Gibbons account.

By Stanley Gibbons Developer. 1K+ downloads. No Rating. Last updated 29 Nov 2021. 18.89 MB.

Purchasing Apps

When you wish to purchase stamps, these are the Android apps that make that task easier and actionable on-demand.

9.       David Feldman Auctioneers

David Feldman Auctioneers is one of the world’s leading philatelic auction houses, and holder of world records including the most valuable stamp, the most valuable cover, and the most valuable large lot ever sold. Includes current interactive catalogue, live bidding, the ability to bookmark pages of interest for later use, and push notifications to let you know when new catalogues are available. Has link to complete website and zoom to view. First released on 26 Jun 2017.

By Auctioneersvault Ltd. 1K+ downloads. Rating 4.2/5. Last updated 23 Jun 2017. 2.53 MB.

Topic or Country Apps

Topical and country stamps are a popular way to collect and study your collection. These apps will help you manage your collection on your Android smartphone.

10.       Philately Reckoner–India

This app is a one-stop solution for all information on Indian philately post-independence, from 1947. This database includes data of all commemoratives, definitives, miniature sheets, sheetlets, and se-tenants. Like most apps, this one includes the stamp image, release date, and a very detailed description. The author worked with Mainak Kathiara with support from the Gujarat Philatelists’ Association to release Philately Reckoner–India. First released on 8 Oct 2016.

By Jatin Trivedi. 1K+ downloads. Rating 4.8/5. Last updated 8 Oct 2016. 835 KB.

11.       Stamp-Manager

This app, first released in 2018, contains stamp data from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Scan your stamps, browse online catalogs, determine the value of your stamps, and offer them to the app’s online community. Its catalog contains 16,000+ stamps. You can also create your own online album and quickly determine the value of your collection. Stamp-Manager calls itself the “modern tool for stamp collectors.” You must register to use. Available in English and German.

By STM-Support Team. 50K+ downloads. Rating 3.3/5. Contains ads. Last updated 19 Jul 2022. 38.77 MB.

Journal Apps

These apps allow you to subscribe and read philatelic journals on our Android smartphone.

12.       Indian Philately Digest

A gateway to information on Indian philately, this app opens the door to one of the largest postal networks in the world with the distinction of being the first country in Asia to have issued postage stamps. India’s postage stamps have traversed a long way since the Scinde Dawk was issued in 1852. This app keeps you up to date on the latest news, philatelic organizations, and dealers in India. For best results, become a registered member. First released on 17 Jan 2015.

By Prashant Pandya. 1K+ downloads. Not rated. Last updated 13 Feb 2015. 3.53 MB.

13.       Linn’s Digital Edition

If you are a fan of the 80-year-old Linn’s Stamp News, then you can have all of the issues digitally with the app. Historically, Linn’s brings you the latest philatelic news, market analysis, commentaries, and in-depth articles on the stamp collecting hobby. This app also features an extensive issue archive, with search and download functions. Read entertaining, accurate, and timely information to help you make active and informed decisions. You must be a registered user. First released on 4 Dec 2019.

By Amos Media Company. 100+ downloads. Not Rated. Last updated 7 Feb 2020. 11.80 MB.

14.       Stamp Collector Magazine

For subscribers of Stamp Collector magazine, this app is free, but you must purchase a subscription to the magazine to use. The app, like the magazine, provides information, news, expert advice, market insight, and inspiration to help you build a stamp collection and get the most from the hobby. First released in 2012, this app celebrates the hobby of kings and brings you friendly, accessible information and advice, that suits every collector level and every budget.

By Pocketmags.com. 5K+ downloads. Rating 3.4/5. Contains ads. Last updated 4 Jul 2022. 15.13 MB.

15.       Stamp Magazine

If you have a subscription to Stamp Magazine, then this app brings to your mobile device the global range of expertly researched features, latest news, and informed opinion of its printed magazine into this real-time digital version. You can subscribe via the app with the option of buying individual current or back issues. While you can automatically renew or turn off auto-renewal through the Google Play Account settings, you cannot cancel activate subscriptions using the app. First released on 4 Jun 2013.

By MyTimeMedia Limited. 1K+ downloads. Rating 3.8/5. Last updated 5 Jul 2022. 15.11 MB.

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Written by Larry S. Bonura

27 January 2023 at 00:00

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The Top 10 Myths About eBooks

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Back in 2009, Nathan Bradford wrote in his blog about his The Top 10 Myths About eBooks. He acknowledged that he didn’t think everyone was going to or should or will like eBooks. It’s almost 15 years later and I was wondering how you feel today about his 10 myths. They were myths then; what about now?

  1. “They strain your eyes.” / “They’re bad for people with poor eyesight.” / “I’ll go blind.”
  2. “You can’t back up your files.” / “If you lose or break your e-reader or if a new e-reader comes out you lose all your books.”
  3. “I don’t want to have to scroll endlessly through a book.” / “I’ll miss turning the pages.” / “I like taking notes.”
  4. “They require a lot of power.” / “They’re hot to the touch like laptops.”
  5. “You can’t check e-books out from the library.”
  6. “You can’t lend to friends or family.”
  7. “E-Readers are bad for the environment.”
  8. “You can’t read an e-reader in the bathtub.” / “I would never take an e-reader to the beach.”
  9. “They’re too expensive.”
  10. “E-books are bad for publishers and authors.”

It would be nice to see how you respond.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

21 January 2023 at 13:49

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International Publishers Association State of Publishing Reports

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Screen capture of IPA reports

On 15 Oct 2020 the International Publishers Association launched a set of seven reports looking at key aspects of the international publishing industry. They contain a wealth of information in these reports that publishers and publishers’ associations around the world can use in their work and in their interactions with local governments.

Publishers and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This report looks at all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and what publishers around the world are doing in terms of what they publish and how they operate as businesses. While publishers might be expected to be focused on SDG4 – Education, the report actually show that publishers are trying to tackle many of the goals. There are best practices and some inspirational examples from many publishers. With the UN hoping to achieve the Goals by 2030, this report can act as a baseline for publishers to play their part in the decade of action.

Freedom to Publish: Challenges, Violations and Countries of Concern

This report takes stock of reports from around the world to focus individual cases but also build a picture of the main violations against the freedom to publish, the main challenges publishers face and which countries are of particular concern.

Ambitious Literary Policies: International Perspectives

This book is a call to arms for active literary politics and serves as an introduction to cultural policy measures that currently shape literature and publishing industries in different states and regions around the world. It argues that literary policies should be understood as part of a complex and flexible field of politics that can be identified at national, regional and international levels of governance, across several policy areas. Literary policies are based on the premise that the book and other forms of written expressions are not just commodities but have a special value to society.

Reading Matters: Surveys and Campaigns – How to Keep and Recover Readers

Reading Matters was the original slogan for the International Publishers Congress. This report gathers together the results of multiple surveys from around the world that look at reading habits as well as initiatives to encourage people to read more. The analysis of surveys looks at the different methodologies but tries to bring the results together to create a clear picture of which groups within society are reading more or reading less. The report isn’t just a snapshot though, it builds on this analysis and current best practices to look to the future.

IPA Global Report on Copyright & Publishing

This report is the ultimate reference document for copyright laws that impact publishers. It analyses the copyright laws in the 69 countries where IPA has members and highlights the elements most relevant to publishers’ activities like exceptions and limitation, enforcement regimes and notice and take down provisions. The legal analysis is complemented by on the ground insights from IPA members in a number of countries.

Licensing Practices in a Global Digital Market

This report presents a comprehensive overview of how licensing actually works in different publishing sectors and regions. It includes chapters from international experts in K-12 education, STM publishing, as well as regional experts from Africa and Asia and perspectives from authors and reproduction rights organizations.

Paper and Digital: Current Research into the Effectiveness of Learning Materials

This report brings together the work of multiple researchers looking at how pupils and students learn and whether the format of the learning resources has an impact on the educational outcomes. It also looks at the very practical recent example of the implementation of a new curriculum in Norway and how publishers prepared to provide a blend of physical and digital resources.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

6 November 2020 at 00:01

OverDrive Education Documents Accelerated Shift to Digital in 2020

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It’s clear there is a connection between COVID-19’s disruption to the classroom and the adoption of eBooks.

  • 98% of administrators report that full or partial remote learning is in place
  • 85% of administrators report using eBooks in their districts, and of teachers using eBooks
  • 66% say they’re using more this year than last year

This increase demonstrates an acceleration of the digital shift in schools. 

The survey also explored how educators are using eBooks in their schools. Highlights include:

  • 59% of teachers say they use eBooks in their classroom to support curriculum, including digital textbooks as well as electronic versions of popular fiction and nonfiction books
  • 40% of administrators say their district has eBooks as a school library resource
  • 33% of administrators say eBooks are a great resource for those who struggle with reading

“eBooks books have allowed educators to adapt to remote learning during COVID-19 without missing a beat. Now, they are recognizing how beneficial digital resources are for the long term,” said Angela Arnold, General Manager of OverDrive Education. “Teachers don’t have to worry about getting physical books to students. Digital books allow students to complete classroom reading assignments or read for pleasure, regardless of whether the district is teaching in person or remote. This makes eBooks and audiobooks a smart investment for the future.”

The timing of the survey coincided with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, when more than 9 out of 10 respondents say they had at least some students learning remotely. However, the survey reveals that the situation remains fluid, with 78% of administrators reporting that overall plans for how students attend classes have changed since August 1. Since that date, 38% of districts schools have added digital resources and 25% delayed the start of class.

“2020 has been a lesson for all of us. Now that educators have a better idea of how to navigate the challenges of remote learning, they’re growing more confident and innovating with digital books,” said Arnold.

For a summary report of the survey’s findings, email abarnett@overdrive.com. To learn more about Sora, visit www.overdrive.com/apps/sora.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

28 October 2020 at 14:00

COVID-19 and eBooks: Fragmented Thoughts

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There’s worry in eBook land as COVID-19’s impact lingers. The headlines are revealing the angst of the pandemic’s impact on the world of books in general and eBooks in particular:

Let’s delve a bit into each of the headlines above.

Increased eBook Lending Popularity Leaves Publishers Worried, Librarians Still Dissatisfied

Writing Teleread on 3 Oct 2020, author Chris Meadows says that it’s “it’s time for [publishers] to start complaining again” since they haven’t for a few months. Publishers are worried about the increasing popularity of eBooks since the coronavirus outbreak in March. After libraries closed, Overdrive reported that eBook checkouts are up 52% over the same period as last year and Hoopla claims that 439 new libraries have joined its service since March, a 20% boost. This means that publishers worry that using libraries to borrow eBooks is cutting into book sales. All the while, librarians complain because they have to pay several time cover prices for eBooks that expire and have to be repurchased after a low number of checkouts. Sigh. Seems no one is happy is eBook land. Read the article for more details about the legal issue of eBook pricing for libraries.

European eBook, Audiobook Sales See Pandemic Pop

On 13 Aug 2020, Ed Nawotka writes in Wired that eBook and audiobook sales have been robust throughout the shutdown of many European bricks-and-mortar bookstores due Covid-19. A study of some two million digital transactions found e-book sales spiked 26% during the period of lockdown compared with the weeks prior to the order. Audiobook downloads more than doubled, seeing a 109% increase. And the report also suggests that eBooks “aren’t as dead as we read in reports for years.” Read the article for some interesting facts and figures and some nice charts showing what’s been going on in Europe. I didn’t notice much complaining in their eBook world.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

14 October 2020 at 09:59

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New “normal” evolving for publishers globally

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“Confinement is transforming the book discovery habits of thousands of readers, as well as their purchase and consumption on screens.”

Read the whole article here.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

15 April 2020 at 18:08

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Public Libraries Reach Record-High eBook & Audiobook Usage in 2019

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CLEVELAND, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Due to their creative efforts in curation, managing multiple lending models and engaging patrons, librarians helped drive public library circulation of digital books to record highs in 2019. Libraries and schools around the world enabled their patrons and students to check out 326 million eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in the past 12 months, a 20% increase over the previous year. Publishers and authors benefited from the library’s role as valued discovery channel which resulted in record library sales of digital titles across all genres for all audiences. This data was reported by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for over 43,000 libraries and schools worldwide.

A record 73 public library systems in five countries loaned over 1 million digital books to readers in 2019. Achieving this unprecedented level of reader engagement: 45 city or county library systems and 28 regional or state consortiums. Eight libraries reached this million book milestone for the first time.

Notable digital libraries for 2019 include Toronto Public Library (the number one library in the world with 6.6 million digital book loans, an all-time high for any library), Los Angeles Public Library (the number one US library for the first time with 5.9 million) and the National Library Board of Singapore (the top digital library outside North America with 4.2 million). The fastest growing US digital library in the OverDrive global network was Sonoma County Library (CA), which saw their collection usage increase 214% in part by consolidating eBooks from other platforms. The Berlin Library (Germany) was one of the fastest growing outside of the US (+184%) due to increased investment in an expanding catalog of English, German and other world language content.

2019 digital book lending records from the OverDrive global network

  • Total digital checkouts from libraries and schools: 326 million (+20% over 2018)\
  • eBooks borrowed: 211 million (+15%)
  • Audiobooks borrowed: 114 million (+30%, outpacing eBooks for the 6th straight year)
  • Ebook and audiobook holds/wait listed: 129 million (+21%)
  • Children/YA genre checkouts: 59 million (+27%)
  • 73 public library systems around the world (+12%) with over 1 million digital book checkouts, including 22 over 2 million checkouts, five over 3 million, four over 4 million, five over 5 million and one over 6 million
  • New public library (digital) users: 5 million (+12%)

Most popular eBooks borrowed from libraries in 2019

Most popular audiobooks borrowed from libraries in 2019

Top digital books borrowed from libraries by genre

Key factors and tools that libraries and schools used to drive digital growth in 2019

  • Libby. Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from the library, was named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s and one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019.
  • Apple CarPlay. Libby’s compatibility with CarPlay allows readers to listen to audiobooks from the public library by connecting their iPhone to their vehicle’s sound system.
  • Library+School Sharing. Libraries and schools are partnering to provide easy and safe access to the library’s digital collection using Sora, the student reading app for schools. Sora achieved record student usage and ended the year as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019.
  • Lucky Day. Libraries can now serve more patrons faster with their OverDrive digital collection by designating copies of high-demand, waitlisted titles as immediately available.
  • Digital book club. Along with OverDrive’s global digital book club and dozens of local clubs, the company supported the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform Book Pick by connecting readers across the US with a featured eBook through their public libraries.
  • Instant Digital Card. Readers can sign up for a library card and begin borrowing digital content from their local library in under 30 seconds — all from their mobile device.
  • New content. Access to hundreds of new publishers in 2019 with notables including Marvel and Pokémon now available to libraries and schools through OverDrive’s catalog. Scholastic eBooks are also now offered to schools for the first time.

To find a public library near you, visit Rakuten OverDrive or install the Libby app (iOS, Android, Windows).

About Rakuten OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, the award-winning Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.

Contact:
David Burleigh
OverDrive
Director of Brand Marketing & Communication
dburleigh@rakuten.overdrive.com
SOURCE: Rakuten OverDrive

2018 New Mexico Press Women Conference

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“Telling Truths Boldly: Harnessing the Narrative Drive”

April 27-28, 2018

The Lodge at Santa Fe

The Lodge at Santa Fe
$89 group rate before taxes – cutoff for special rate is March 28, 2018
750 N. Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe NM 87501

To reserve a room, call 505-992-5858 and ask for the “Northern Chapter of NM Press Women” special rate (or group code B03417). Or reserve your room online at the group rate.

PROGRAM

Friday, April 27
3:30 – 5:00 pm   NMPW Board Meeting
5:00 – 7:00 pm   Join us at the Lodge’s Hilltop Bar & Grille for no host Happy Hour with a pasta or taco bar
7:00 – 8:00 pm   “Writing Secrets from a Best Selling Author”–Sherri Burr interviews author Hampton Sides (Blood & Thunder and other bestsellers)

Saturday, April 28
Breakfast on your own
8:30 am   Welcome by NMPW President Loretta Hall
8:35 – 9:35 am   Morning Keynote: Sara Solovitch, editor of Searchlight New Mexico
9:45 – 10:45 am   “Creating Narratives”
* Inez Russell Gomez of the Santa Fe New Mexican will moderate
* DACA Dreamer Cindy Nava, who writes for the Huffington Post
* Playwright Karen Jones Meadows whose play about Harriet Tubman has been performed throughout the country
10:55 – 11:55 am   “Revisioning a Local Story for a National Market”
12:00 – 1:30 pm   Zia Book Award Lunch
1:45 – 2:30 pm   NMPW Annual Meeting
2:45 – 4:15 pm   “Telling your Truth: Memoir Writing” Workshop with Lauren Camp
5:00 – 6:00 pm   Reception and Silent Auction
6:00 – 9:00 pm   Awards Banquet with Keynote Speaker Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Conference Registration Fees
**Full conference, NMPW member (all events  Friday and Saturday): $125.
**Full conference, Nonmember (all events & meals Friday and Saturday): $160.
NMPW membership (optional, allows registration at member rate): $15.00
Friday evening interview only: $10.00
Writing Workshop only: $25.00
Zia Award Lunch only: $40.00
Awards Banquet only: $75.00

Register Online Here
or
Download Conference Registration Form and mail it in

Final registration deadline is April 12, 2018

Written by Larry S. Bonura

22 February 2018 at 03:28

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Digital Public Library of America Search Widget

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In my last post, I told you about the Digital Public Library of America as a great tool for doing historical and other research.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a Search Widget that you can add to your website or WordPress site to have your readers search the DPLA right from your site.

Dean Farrell and Josh Wilson created the Search Widget, which allows you to easily install a DPLA search box on your website or WordPress installation. It enables anyone to search DPLA from the widget. Give it a try and then follow the instructions below to install it on your personal site or WordPress.

The Code

DPLA Search Widget Code 1

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your website

  1. Type the green meta and script tags text from the above graphic into your web page. Make sure you type the text after the head but before the /head tag.
  2. Type the blue div tag text from the above graphic into the body portion of your web page where you want the search box to appear.
  3. Save your work.

Let the searching begin!

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your WordPress site

Written by Larry S. Bonura

16 August 2017 at 03:39

Digital Public Library of America

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Digital Public Library of America Logo

One of our most cherished public entities is the library.  The current economic situation has taken the toll on our public libraries: reducing collection building, cutting hours of operation, and providing materials electronically.  Our libraries are places anyone can visit and use.  They offer learning for all.  They provide for personal and national growth.  They enable a diverse and better functioning society.  They are all for one, and one for all.

The Digital Public Library of America is not a place to visit in person; it lives on the web.  And it’s purpose is to maximize public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

I recently became a Community Representative for the DPLA.  My duties include publicizing and reaching out to my local community to expound on the collection and help them build this national digital library.

The DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions. Our core work includes bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building our technology, and managing projects that further our mission through curation, education, and community building.

The Digital Public Library of America is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Boston. It is a registered library in the state of Massachusetts. DPLA launched in April 2013 as the result of a multiyear grassroots planning initiative involving thousands of volunteers dedicated to the vision of building a national digital library for all.

Check it out today and join us on our journey!

Written by Larry S. Bonura

24 May 2017 at 21:57