Library News & Notes

American Library Association Acts for Equal Access

The American Library Association has been active in promoting digital literacy and broadband technology to equalize access to information for all Americans. The South Carolina Library Association's (SCLA) listserv shared the message below on Feb. 12th: Recently ALA released the first national report detailing U.S. library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The preliminary report highlights statewide library BTOP projects and improvements they have made to public access technology resources, digital literacy and workforce development.Read More...

Every Month is Black History Month

Officially, today is the last day of "Black History Month." However, every month is Black History Month for the BDC and for AT&T. The BDC makes an effort to interweave posts about all our native sons and daughters, regardless of race throughout the year. Our holdings contain historical and cultural materials from the community at large, in all its wonderful diversity, which we share all year long. Similarly, AT&T celebrates the contributions of African Americans all year long with its South Carolina African American History Calendar website.Read More...

Black and Indian Patriots of the American Revolution

Since the mid-1980s, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has supported a project to identify the names of African Americans, Native Americans, and individuals of mixed heritage who supported the American struggle for independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution. In 2001 the DAR published African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War. There have been several more editions and revisions consisting of hundreds of more pages and names of heretofore unknown patriots.Read More...

Tracing Slave Ancestors

Family Tree Magazine recently posted "8 Steps for Tracing Slave Ancestors" by Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/Find-Slave-Ancestors. Below is the article in its entirety - and a few notes from me regarding the research situation as far as Beaufort District is concerned. My notes will be italicized when viewed in Connections (http://beaufortdistrictcollectionconnections.blogspot.com/2013/02/8-step...) Follow these steps for using 1850 and 1860 slave schedules to trace your slave ancestors.Read More...

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