Local History

The Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL) was first established in 1913 in the basement of the county courthouse. A local book club fought for several years for grants to open a library in Tulsa. In 1916 the first library opened at Third and Cheyenne.¬†TCCL has three stated goals: 1.)Promote Lifelong Learning and Literacy in all Forms, 2.)Contribute to Stronger Communities, and 3.)Cultivate Engaged Employees and with their “Local History In The Research Center” collection they achieve all three.

The site has information on Tulsa back to 1540 when De Soto wandered on to a Creek Indian settlement in Tallasi (the original spelling of Tulsa). The breadth of the information is vast and covers everything from the 1921 Race Riot to the history of the library system itself and a timeline of Tulsa and one for Oklahoma. There is so much information on this site and it was all very well organized and so easy to access. Everything is neatly cataloged for ease when finding the physical document on site or for viewing online. Everything is organized in a logical way which makes it easy to search and find the information you’re looking for. I could spend hours going through the information provided.

 

 

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Fighting Technology

Technology can easily frustrate me so most times I avoid computers when I can. I would much rather spend time face to face with people than isolate myself on a computer. With help from my partner and kids I have learned quite a bit and become more comfortable using different types of technology and websites. As I am a digital immigrant these things don’t come naturally to me.

My first cell phone was purchased the year my oldest child was born, 1999. I still have the same number through the same carrier. You could say I’m resistant to change.

All of this makes me so uncomfortable I want to crawl out of my skin. Especially the blogging.

YouTube has changed my world. When I am given a project at work but have no idea how to do it, I employ YouTube for tutorials. Because of this I am becoming more confident and trying more things on my own, but would like to learn skills that make using different platforms more intuitive for me and hopefully less frustrating to work with.

Everything about this Digital Humanities class scares me which is why I am doing it. I am tired of being scared of things.