Archive for June, 2009
*Please read comment for news of candlelight vigil on campus June 19.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran in a fifth day of protests as the government intensified its crackdown on opposition figures with the arrest of hundreds of leading critics.
Mainly dressed in black and wearing green wristbands and headbands to show their support for the defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, crowds gathered in Tir square and streets around it. Most of the protesters were silent and made victory signs, according to Reuters news agency.
Several of UT Arlington’s Iranian students, wearing green and equipped with signs and a large monitor, have set up an information station in the public space on the Library Mall to show their support for those protesting the presidential election results in Iran. With laptops scanning the Internet for news, they are able to display stories and images that have come out of Tehran via the various social network media. I passed by their location mid-morning and they had a cluster of students watching their monitor and discussing the election. I stopped by a couple of hours later during a lull to speak with them, take a couple of photos, and to look at their display. At that time I counted nine open browser screens as they moved back and fourth through various media reports, hungry for information from home.
We briefly discussed the media that makes this possible, and I asked if they use Twitter. The response was unanimous and passionate—Twitter has been consistently a major way news and images have gotten out of Iran, because the government hasn’t been able to block it. Twitter, which is a web presence, is also a phone application, and can go out like a text message. Many of the web users are able to transmit information via proxy servers (see the CNET story at http://bit.ly/2PTZdF).
I asked if I could post a story about their information table, or if it would endanger anyone at home to have their photos appear online?“There is no extra danger—our brothers and sisters, our families, are already in the streets of Tehran,” answered the woman holding a sign asking “Where Is My VOTE?”
As a writer and photographer, it is my usual practice to collect names of people in photos, but I decided not to this time. It is easy enough to backtrack for that information here at UT Arlington, but just in case anyone at home is concerned with names, I’m not posting any.
Ben Parr, on the Mashable.com website, blogged on June 16
With members of the media kicked out of Iranian cities, millions joining in on protests, and violence erupting all across the turmoiled state, Iranians have been turning to Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and other social tools to get the word out about what’s happening on the ground.
This is an event sending ripples and, as it happens, Twitters around the world. And this blog will be sent by Tweet and perhaps, Re-Tweet, into the blogosphere.
All photos by Maggie Dwyer, University of Texas at Arlington Library.
From Ann Hodges, director of Special Collections:
I am proud to announce that Erin O’Malley’s work on Special Collection’s Reeder School online exhibit won the Library Leadership Administration and Management Association (LLAMA) 2009 Best of Show competition in the Web Pages/Home Pages category in our budget range from among hundreds of entries submitted. I would like to thank Brenda McClurkin for organizing Special Collection’s submissions to the contest, and Erin for her fine work on the exhibit.
Erin O’Malley is an Exhibits and Outreach Assistant in Special Collections and has been at UTA since 2007. She holds a MA in history from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, with a graduate certificate in museum studies. Find more information about Erin in the “Staff Spotlight” article in the Spring 2008
You can see the exhibit at http://library.uta.edu/exhibits/spco/reeder/index.html
From UT Arlington librarian Rafia Mirza:
We made a new Librarian vs. Stereotypes video. In this one, we show how “Librarians listen to your needs and match you with the best resources for your topic; here, Stereotype realizes he can make assumptions about what people want – it could be dangerous!”