Les Kelly Little House Photographer Passes

Story Goes…

Just how did photographer Les Kelly get to be such an important part of the vision of Laura Homesites? Here’s William T. Anderson with the story.

“I was speaking at the Pomona Public Library….Kids were in costume.  I noticed Les taking many pictures, esp of his kids in costume, Erin and Patrick.  We chatted and he told me of his interest in photography.

Later that year Yumiko was contacted by a publisher in Japan interested in doing a Wilder phioto book (which became LIW COUNTRY). She asked me about finding a photographer who would go to all the sites.   I realized that any professional would want expenses paid, and would never trek to the out of the way Little House sites on speculation.  There was no advance money.   Then I thought of Les, as the only person I could think of who would tackle such a project with personal interest and enthusiasm. He did. This led to many projects of his.  The rest if history!”

Obituary

Leslie A. Kelly was a resident of Orange County, California. I was tipped off by a post from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, South Dakota that he’d passed so I found his obituary.

Obituary Page

Published about Laura and the Amish

Kelly was a photographer and for awhile was the main Laura photographer. He teams with William Anderson for books like Laura Ingalls Wilder Country and was the photographer behind many of the photo postcards still sold by the various homesite giftshops.

Harper Collins Author Page

His Website

Kelly was very far seeing in registering LauraIngallsWilder.net, .org and several other permutations. A few years ago he decided to retire and take down his site. He put the domains up for sale and it looks like they were all bought as redirects for:

http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/about-us/laura-ingalls-wilder-documentary

Besides co-producing several books, Kelly also shared a website with Laura historian William T. Anderson.

His Biography For His Website as of 2008

Leslie A. Kelly, "Little House Home Sites" Photographer
 Leslie A. Kelly, a resident of Huntington Beach, California, is an internationally known photographer and writer. He has traveled the United States since 1973 photographing Americana. His travel stories and photography about the Amish, covered bridges, rural courthouses and other Americana have appeared in more than 120 magazines, books and calendars in the United States, Europe and Japan, to include Time Magazine, Literary Places In The US, National Geographic Guide To Small Town Escapes, Country, Farm and Ranch Living, Delta Airlines' SKY Magazine, Country America, Touring America and Trailer Life.

 Working with Anderson, Kelly has supplied color photography for Laura Ingalls Wilder Country (Harper Collins, 1990), Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1992), Little House Country: A Photo Guide to the Home Sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1989), Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook (Harper Collins, 1995) and Little House Guidebook (Harper Collins, 1996) and Little House on the Prairie Photo Guide (Japanese language version, 1988, Kyuryudo Publishing).

 With Doyle Yoder, Kelly was co-author and co-photographer for America's Amish Country (1992) and America's Amish Country II (America's Amish Country Revisited) (2000). He has also authored and provided all current photography for two books for the California Gold Rush Sesquicentennial, California's Gold Rush Country 1848 - 1998 (1997) and Traveling California's Gold Rush Country (1997).

 Kelly also operates a number of websites to include Amish.Net with online information about the Amish lifestyle and tourism services, California's Gold Rush Country, Show Me The Gold® Tours and NetCopyrightLaw Net Consulting Services.

 Kelly is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association in Mansfield, a current member of the Oregon California Trails Association, and a current member and former Publicity Director for the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.

Lawsuit Over Thumbnails and Pinterest

The very fact that he was an early user lead him to file a far reaching lawsuit, Kelly v. Arriba-Soft. This Supreme Court reaching case focused on a search tool that created thumbnails of pictures harvested from a website that you would then click through to that website. Kelly claimed that this use of his images without his consent violated copyright. The company behind the website claimed it was fair use. They won.

Standford Summary (Search for Kelly on the page)

This case has been cited by many people for support for services like Pinterest even though the situations are not all that similar since a key point in the decision was that the service did no actually posting to an independent website and that it merely directed people to the original source. Here are a couple of blog posts that cite the case.

More on the questioning Pinterest legality side

More on the hey it’s fair use fine side

Legacy

Through his images Kelly made a long lasting mark both on Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom and on legal world of the internet. He will be remembered.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Digital Natives and Information Literacy

I recently gave my Digital Natives program at the Kirkwood Community Colleges Collaborative Learning Days. Here are the notes and links. Even if you haven’t heard the program I think they may prove useful.

You hear the term Digital Native tossed around a lot about young people today. A true digital native would be information literate. Information Literacy, making sure people can find, evaluate for quality, and use the information that they need and think critically about it, is a big part of any library. This presentation will point out practical points that you can help people learn to evaluate and secure information. Topics covered will include website evaluation, how the Internet becomes an echo chamber of your beliefs, how to build better passwords, and the importance of a digital will.

Find an early version of this program online courtesy of the State Library of Iowa.

Below you will find the links that I used in the program. I think you will find them interesting.

What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials
Eszter Hargittai Delaney Family Professor, Communication Studies Department, Northwestern University

Information Literacy –

making sure people can find, evaluate for quality and use the information that they need

Find the longer definition from Association for College and Research Libraries.

Keyboard

Four Generations

Kao, Grace, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Kimberly Goyette. Education and Immigration. Hoboken: Wiley, 2013.

Online Things You Should Know

Constantly Online – Pew Research
PhotoPin to find Copyright Commons Photos
Gizmodo’s 25 Mostly Commonly Stolen Passwords from 2015
Human Memory Isn’t Good Unless It Has Been Trained
“we live in a world of misquotes.”
Password Hints from Kirkwood Community College

Double Check sources

Digital Will from DC Bar

Information Literacy Awareness

From the Information Security Office:

Iowa Information Security Office provides the Information Security Awareness Training – Summary 2016 is available to public library staff at no charge.  Libraries that would like to add their staff may contact me. I need the following information for each account created:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address (Note: each user must have a separate email address. Shared accounts are not permitted)

The office also has security awareness handouts (bookmarks and brochures) available to libraries at no charge. Libraries that would like handouts may contact office.

Alison Radl, MPA, MS-InfAs
State of Iowa
Information Security Office
SecurityAwareness@iowa.gov
515-725-2019

Design Literacy

Do you use these design principles?

Want to read the Twitter feed, but don’t have a Twitter account, no problem. Here’s how.

UPDATED January 12 2017: I added a link to a video of an early version of this program.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Test Your Computer Speed

speedtestAt some time or other everyone deals with a computer that’s going S-L-O-W. One of the things librarians get called on to do from time to time is to test computer speeds. Normally that’s for reports, but sometimes people just want to know so here is a link to site to test your speed. This one is recommended by CNET.

http://www.speedtest.net

Find another test and an explanation what the numbers mean here:
http://www.bandwidthplace.com/speedtest

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Information Literacy Presentation 2

October 12-14, 2016 was this year’s Iowa Library Association conference (ILA). This is the second time I presented on “Digital Natives?: Basics of Information Literacy.”

You hear the term Digital Native tossed around a lot about young people today. A true digital native would be information literate. Information Literacy, making sure people can find, evaluate for quality, and use the information that they need and think critically about it, is a big part of any library. This presentation will point out practical points that you can help people learn to evaluate and secure information. Topics covered will include website evaluation, how the Internet becomes an echo chamber of your beliefs, how to build better passwords, and the importance of a digital will.

Below you will find the links that I used in the program. I think you will find them interesting.

What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials
Eszter Hargittai Delaney Family Professor, Communication Studies Department, Northwestern University

Information Literacy –

making sure people can find, evaluate for quality and use the information that they need

Find the longer definition from Association for College and Research Libraries.

Keyboard

Four Generations

Kao, Grace, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Kimberly Goyette. Education and Immigration. Hoboken: Wiley, 2013.

Online Things You Should Know

Constantly Online – Pew Research
PhotoPin to find Copyright Commons Photos
Gizmodo’s 25 Mostly Commonly Stolen Passwords from 2015
Human Memory Isn’t Good Unless It Has Been Trained
“we live in a world of misquotes.”
Password Hints from Kirkwood Community College

Double Check sources

Echo Chamber of Belief  explained – Sometimes You’re Wrong

Echo Chamber of Beliefs example – Red and Blue Feeds Side by Side

Quote Investigator

Snopes Urban Legends

Charity Watch

Directory of Finding Out If People Truly Said It

Death Hoaxes and Like Farming

What You Leave Behind

Digital Will from DC Bar

Information Literacy Awareness

From the Information Security Office:

Iowa Information Security Office provides the Information Security Awareness Training – Summary 2016 is available to public library staff at no charge.  Libraries that would like to add their staff may contact me. I need the following information for each account created:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address (Note: each user must have a separate email address. Shared accounts are not permitted)

The office also has security awareness handouts (bookmarks and brochures) available to libraries at no charge. Libraries that would like handouts may contact office.

Alison Radl, MPA, MS-InfAs
State of Iowa
Information Security Office
SecurityAwareness@iowa.gov
515-725-2019

Design Literacy

Do you use these design principles?

Want to read the Twitter feed, but don’t have a Twitter account, no problem. Here’s how.

UPDATED October 27 2016: I added the link to quotes memory and a design literacy link.

UPDATED November 13, 2016: Found and added a link to a blog post on Chamber of Echoes. Added a second one Nov. 18, 2016. And a third on December 1, 2016.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Kids With Walkmans

Walkman CaptureI enjoy a lot of the videos and stories that come through Mental Floss. I recently found this video about modern kids trying to work old technology and I think it has an important message for us besides the cuteness. I think it is an interesting example of applying technology skills.

Digging Deep

I will say that, while historians often have to figure out what something is and how it was used without all the pieces, I think it’s unfair to do the same things to kids. It was unrealistic that they gave the kids Walkmans without all the pieces and asked them to figure out how it works when they don’t really have a lot of background to build on.

Take a Look

http://mentalfloss.com/article/56186/these-adorably-confused-kids-have-no-idea-what-walkman

Applying Tech Skills

While I don’t really expect kids to quickly figure out old technology, I think this video does give a good example of children not displaying problem solving or absorbing tech knowledge. Those shortcomings have me worried today. Walkmans might not be part of their world, but most of the component parts, the commands of the buttons, speakers, headphones and their symbols are. The triangle to the right to play, square box to stop is still standard.  For example, here the same symbols are used on the current Windows Media Player.

Windows Media player
Windows Media player

So they all should have recognized right away that it played something. They should also have recognized the image for headphones by the plug in which is also still standard on digital players.

The fact that these kids have most likely used a play button countless times in their lives and yet are unable to identify it in a slightly out of their normal context situation is disturbing indeed and suggests that the knowledge is situation specific and they have so far escaped without learning any true tech basics. They’ve learned “Do this, then do that” instead of this makes that happen because xxxxx. It’s a failure and shows once again that these aren’t digital natives yet, they are still digital second generation immigrants.

They Choose What They Knew

The fact that they all picked their own technology over the old isn’t surprising, people universally will prefer something they are familiar with, unless it has a cool factor. I would say it was interesting that one picked up on how many tapes you’d have to have to carry the same amount of music as his digital player, but they didn’t follow up how many do they really need? Can you really listen to 1000s of songs in a single trip to the store?

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Online Scheduling Tool

You know that tip of your tongue feeling, when you KNOW something, but you’ll be danged if you can think of it? One of those things is a free program that lets multiple people give a schedule to find a meeting time where the most people in your group can meet. You know you’ve used it before, but you just can’t remember what it’s called so you can’t find it. Next time, remember you can find it here.

The tool you might be looking for is Doodle:
http://doodle.com

Doodle Image

Anyone can use this free system without creating an account. Just enter the information about your meeting, possible dates and times, and – if you want to e-mail it to people – their e-mails. Otherwise you can just send around the link. This system is much easier than dealing with a flood of e-mails trying to set up a time.

You probably have used it already, as a meeting attendee if not as someone setting it up, but remember the next time you need to schedule a meeting and can’t remember the name of that program, that website, that app, you can find it here.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Trundlebed Tales Ought to Be in Pictures!

My Love Affair With Social Media

If you’ve heard me speak recently you’ll know my current intro includes a line that I’ve fallen in love with social media which is very true. While thanks to Google Plus my infatuation with YouTube has waned, I still love my podcast platform Blog Talk Radio, the replacement for YouTube in my affections Vimeo, and my all time favorite as the home of the best conversation on the web, Twitter.

Sarah in Nellie's
Sarah in Nellie’s

Photo Specific

I’ve been playing around with ways to offer more photos in recent years sharing them on Twitter and on my Facebook page. However, I had never really done much with born photo services like Flickr or Instagram. I recently decided that this fall was the time to dive into them both.

Can I keep up enough of a feed, especially over the winter, to keep them interesting? Who knows? But I’m enjoying learning how and would appreciate suggestions, favorites or follows. And if you are on either platform let me know your handle.

Check Me Out

So you can find me on Instragram as SarahSUthoff and on Flickr  as Sarah Uthoff/Trundlebedtales.

Find links to me around the web at About.Me.

And please leave a comment below with your handles. 🙂

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.