See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions.
This section is one of the sections to be thoroughly rewritten, but it has not been entirely clear how. There are lots of good technical content there, but the text is nevertheless to specific, not in balance with the rest of the document. It contains references to manifests, canonical, etc, and it is not clear whether it should stay as is.
It has been said that the goal of the document is to provide a good input to the possible W3C DPUB WG, that would then do a more thorough technical specification. After some discussion it was agreed that the core text should be revised to make it shorter and higher level, and push the technical content into an appendix, making it clear that that is really just jotting down ideas for the future.
It was noted that similar discussions are happening in the Readium consortium; it is therefore a good idea to use the experiences in that community to record them in this document, too.
Additional todo-s in the PWP document
There was a short discussion on what else should be done (beyond an editorial reconciliation of the various parts), these included cross references to the use case document. It would also be a good idea to publish this document and the use case as official drafts.
There was a short discussion on the various charters (Business Group, Community Group, Working Group) and their status and timeline. These are all related to the possible IDPF/W3C merger process (which may be completed by the end of the month). There will also be a W3C Member Submission to W3C for EPUB 3.1; the goal is to settle the IPR differences between IDPF and W3C with regard to that document (to make it reusable for further work at W3C without any licensing and IPR issues).
The main role of this IG is to provide technical comments to the WG charter. That may include adding Readium documents, as well as documents coming from the IDPF EPUB WG, to the list of input document to the WG charter as technical input.
Due to Martin Luther King day in the US the next meeting is cancelled.
As most readers know, I’m a librarian. In my field there’s a saying that an untended social media outlet is like an unstaffed front desk – something we like to avoid.
I’ve been mostly scarce here and I’ve decided it’s time to bring this blog to a close. I will leave the current content up, but I do not intend any additional posts and will not respond to comments on any post but this one.
When I started this blog years ago, my main purposes were:
- Share things that interested me
- Share my photography
- Write about politics and sometimes religion
In the past few years, I find that I’ve been sharing most things on Facebook. Also been sharing more of my political thoughts there – though I’ve gone back and forth over whether Facebook is the best place for that. I find a get a lot more reaction and discussion to things I post on Facebook than I do here.
This past year, I read a book that has led me to change how to approach politics, though I’m still in the process of implementing it. The book is:
Mr Akadjian expresses a number of principles but two of the basics that are leading me to focus on Facebook as opposed to keeping a blog are:
- Speak about your values as opposed to getting into fact wars
- Focus on people you have a chance to persuade instead of wasting time on extremists who will never change.
I could do the first on this blog, but the second will be much easier on Facebook, since I know my friends better than the general audience of this blog. So that, combined with that I’m already sharing more stuff on Facebook, is leading me to freeze this blog.
If you’ve been interested in my “Working through CRAAP” series or other library/information/media literacy sorts of things, I am keeping my “professional” blog at librarianfromalaska.wordpress.com.
Thanks to all of you who have been regular readers of this blog. I’m somewhat sorry to leave most of you, but no one can be everywhere at once. We need to make decisions about where to spend our energy and I’m choosing an outlet with higher engagement.
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When the opportunity to read aloud arises, acclaimed poet Nikki Grimes shines.
“Oh, I love to read, whether it’s to a single person or an audience,” says Grimes, who spoke with Kirkus by phone from her home in Corona, California. “I’ve found that we really don’t grow out of the love of being read to—I have friends who occasionally call to ask me to read them something.”
In the course of the interview, she offers to read aloud one poem from her latest collection, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. She performs “Crucible of Champions” with warmth, calm, and command.
“When I speak, in general, there’s always a little bit of nervousness, but I think that’s a good thing, because it makes you push to be your best,” she says.
Born and raised in Harlem and the surrounding boroughs, Grimes is the New York Times bestselling author of Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin’s Notebook, Talkin’ About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris,and Words with Wings. In 2006, she received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.
Grimes first read her poetry aloud in public at age 13, at Countee Cullen Library in New York City. (“My little legs were shaking, I was so scared,” she says.) She recounts the experience in the preface to her new anthology:
“As I ascended the stage that day, I felt as if I were stepping into the stream of the [Harlem] Renaissance poets who had come before me,” Grimes writes. “I feel their weight, and their influence, still. The elegance and power of their poetry gave me wings.”
That the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance might give wings to the next generation of middle-grade readers that they, too, might rise to realize their hopes and dreams—is just one thrust of One Last Word. This innovative collection features classic poems from the Harlem Renaissance—each the inspiration for an original poem by Grimes.
Throughout, Grimes applies a poetic form known as the “Golden Shovel.” (As Kirkus succinctly explains in a starred review, “The Golden Shovel poem takes a short poem in its entirety or a line from that poem, known as a ‘striking line,’ in order to serve as the foundation for a new poem in which each line ends with one word from the original.”) She first learned its parameters—and fell in love with it—when asked to contribute to an anthology honoring Harlem Renaissance poet Gwendolyn Brooks.
“Once I had done the one Golden Shovel, I immediately started brainstorming ideas of how I could apply that form to projects of my own,” she says. “Around that time, I was also reading selected works by Georgia Douglas Johnson, Clara Ann Thompson, and some others and was struck, for the first time, that women of the Harlem Renaissance are rarely, if ever, included in any of the works that we come across about the Renaissance—especially the poets. So those two ideas came together.”
One Last Word features poems by Johnson and Thompson as well as Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Waring Cuney. All lend striking lines to Grimes’ poems centering on the struggles and triumphs of today’s youth.
For example, Grimes chooses the poem “Life and Death” by Clara Ann Thompson. Its first stanza reads:
That begets Grimes’ “Crucible of Champions,” a poem about six adolescents facing various challenges in their everyday lives. It opens with:
The young people in this poem contend with racism, learning disabilities, bullying, and the temptation of performance-enhancing drugs. Other works, from the Renaissance poets and Grimes alike, thoughtfully address interracial love, mental illness, poverty, and discrimination.
“A lot of people coming from the adult side tend to think of children’s literature as light verse, nature poems, or whatever,” she says. “No—children are complex human beings, they’re just little, you know? They have a depth of experience to speak to. You can talk to them about pretty much any subject, as long as the language is accessible.
“I never want to write down to a child. I always want to...speak to them directly, recognizing and respecting their complexity.”
An original artwork by an African-American illustrator accompanies each pair of poems. Publisher Bloomsbury asked Grimes for a wish list—they all said yes. They are Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ebony Glenn, E.B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, cover artist Christopher Myers, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon. One Last Word also marks Grimes’ debut as a children’s illustrator.
“We’re always looking for ourselves in the images we see, and if we don’t see ourselves reflected, we feel invisible,” says Grimes, who wanted African-American protagonists and representations of the city life she knew as a young reader. “No one should feel invisible between the pages of a book or in the images that fill their lives. We need that confirmation, that reassurance, that validation.”
A hallmark of the Harlem Renaissance was that many African-American artists were published and collected for the first time. In an appendix, Grimes includes brief biographies of the poets as well as biographies of the contributing illustrators. Side by side, page after page, they are a testament to achieving one’s ambitions through vision, hard work, and perseverance—a main theme of One Last Word.
As Grimes writes in “Lessons,”
“I am all about finding the source of hope, building on that hope, and reminding readers that there’s reason to hope,” Grimes says. “If they dig deep into themselves, they will find that strength [to know], no matter what you’re facing, you can come out of it. Every day we wake up is a new opportunity to build something better, to do something different, to bring a little light.”
Megan Labrise writes “Field Notes” and features for Kirkus Reviews.