Direct to Interactive Visualization This visualization plots over 140,000 newspapers published over three centuries in the United States. The data comes from the Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” project, which maintains a regularly updated directory of newspapers. See Also: Journalism’s Voyage West: Visualizing US Newspapers, 1690-2011 (Animations) See Also: More Interactive Visualizations Source: Rural West [...]
Two Articles From New Issue IFLA's IT Div. Newsletter: "RFID—the Successor of the Barcode" & "Re-inventing the OPAC as a metadata hub"
The Following Articles Appear in the July 2011 Issue of the IFLA Information Technology Section Newsletter. Direct to Complete Issue (12 Pages; PDF) 1. “RFID—the Successor of the Barcode” (Found of Page 5 of PDF) by Leif Andresen A smooth and straightforward check-in/check-out process for books is key to the library business, and RFID can [...]
Archived Webinar Now Available (Free): "Information Cartographer: Social Media Librarians of the Future"
WebJunction has made an archived recording, slides, and a chat log available for their, “Information Cartographer: Social Media Librarians of the Future” webinar that was recorded on June 20, 2011. The program runs one hour. The archived material is available at no charge (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License). Presenters: Stephanie Bents, Digital Services [...]
Newspaper Digitization: "From the archives to digitized: Historic Vermont newspapers get new lease on life online"
From VTDigger.org: The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project last week added its first batch of digitized newspaper pages to a national database dedicated to providing searchable digital copies of historic newspapers from all over the nation. Tom McMurdo, the project librarian for the state effort, said there are currently 25 states involved in the National Digital [...]
The five alert services (all free) discussed are: 1. Track New Book 2. Book Buzz 3. Any New Books 4. Author Alerts 5. Wowbrary A service many of you are probably familiar with. Wowbrary alerts users to new books at numerous public libraries around the U.S. Like many services on the WWW, the four mentioned [...]
Direct to Video (via YouTube). It runs 3:21 EuropeanaLocal was a Best Practice project funded by the EU under eContentPlus. It started in June 2008 and ended in May 2011. EuropeanaLocal made content from local and regional museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual institutions accessible through Europeana. Europeana made the EuropeanaLocal video available online less than a [...]
From the NY Times: Few battles in history have been more scrutinized than Gettysburg’s three blood-soaked days in July 1863, the turning point in the Civil War. Still, there were questions that all the diaries, official reports and correspondence couldn’t answer precisely. What, for example, could Gen. Robert E. Lee actually see when he issued [...]
From the Wellcome Library Blog: Arabic medicine was once the most advanced in the world, and now digital facsimiles of some of its most important texts have been made freely available online. The unique online resource, based on the Wellcome Library’s Arabic manuscript collection, includes well-known medical texts by famous practitioners (such as Avicenna, Ibn [...]