Computing Educators Oral History Project
CBI is moving forward in its partnership with the Computing Educators Oral History Project (CEOHP) to collect, preserve, and make accessible the oral histories conducted by the project. The CEOHP began in 2003 as a grassroots project with a primary purpose of highlighting the voices and perspectives of female computing educators, aiming to provide positive role models to girls and women considering careers in computing and hoping to correct the declining numbers of women in the field. Edited audio, video, and transcripts are currently available on the CEOHP’s website hosted at Southwestern University (http://cs.southwestern.edu/OHProject/index.html). In 2010 CBI entered into an informal agreement to serve as the project’s long-term preservation and access repository, and we are now initiating the acquisition of files which will be made available through the University of Minnesota Libraries. This project represents CBI’s first entirely born-digital collection, consisting of audio, video, and textual files. It includes both edited products intended for publication and raw archival materials, which will be preserved with limited or restricted access according to agreements made with the interview participants. We are excited to be partners in this important project. Look forward to more news as materials go online.
Dr. Stephen J. Lukasik to Donate Materials to CBI
Dr. Stephen J. Lukasik’s career – begun in 1952 and continuing to this day – represents incredible contributions to the multifaceted field of national security. Dr. Lukasik’s professional positions have included serving as the director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) 1971-1974 (and deputy director prior to that), chief scientist at the RAND Corporation and the Federal Communications Commission, and vice president at Xerox Corporation, Northrop Corporation, and TRW, Inc. He has served in leading advisory positions for the director of Central Intelligence Science and Technology Advisory Panel, the Joint Strategic Targeting Planning Staff – Strategic Advisory Group, and the Defense Intelligence Agency Advisory Committee. He is the author of numerous publications and reports. This list is by no means comprehensive.
I had the opportunity to visit Dr. Lukasik and his wife Ginny at their DC-area home this past September. While I was there I had the pleasure of speaking with him about the role computing played in the many facets of national security with which he has worked throughout his career, in areas including national threat assessment, smart weapons, nuclear test detection, “red teaming,” command and control, and cyber conflict, among others. Dr. Lukasik’s collection of personal papers and published books offers special insight into this incredibly fascinating and important line of work. CBI is honored that he has bequeathed his materials to the University of Minnesota’s Charles Babbage Institute. One day this material will prove immensely valuable to CBI’s research communities. While Dr. Lukasik continues to work with – and add to – his collections, I hope to have further opportunities to visit them and to begin working with some of the materials, and to learn more from him.
Outreach and Instruction
Fall 2013 is turning out to be a busy semester for outreach and instruction as new researchers and classes seek out the rich and unique materials at CBI. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design brought a group of student into the Elmer L. Andersen Library – home to CBI and other units in the Libraries Department of Archives and Special Collections – to learn about collections of photographs and other visual materials. Students were shown how corporate photography collections portray both the spontaneous moments in the life of a company and the staged scenes that are intended to create and portray a particular image. Students also examined the evolution of overt and implicit messages in advertising as revealed in the Burroughs Corporation’s Advertising Samples, 1904-1986. Later in the semester three different courses will be examining materials in the Social Issues in Computing Collection, including Ethics in Science & Technology, The Use & Misuse of the Computer, and American Science and Technology in the Past Century.