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Students as citizen archivists and scientists: The new community service?

It may not be the typical white glove or laboratory experience, but students of history and science can find multiple opportunities to volunteer as citizen archivists or citizen scientists in a few important crowdsourcing efforts. The Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian offer parts of their collections to be organized and made accessible by employing the […]

It’s #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections week!

Get out your crayons, your felt tip markers and your color pencils.  Join the fun. Today marks the beginning of #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections day. All over the world, libraries are sharing their pages and we can make them our colorful own.  Just follow this wonderful stream and access not only the black and white canvases, […]

Remixing with NYPL #nyplremix

This week, New York Public Library released more than of its 187,000 public domain images free to share, reuse and remix. The collection of high resolution images spans the breadth and depth of NYPL’s holdings–historic maps, atlases, botanical illustrations, manuscripts, photographs, ancient religious texts, and, of course, the New York City collection. Now open and […]

American Archive: A new online “reading room” of historical public media

To honor the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)–a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress-today announced the launch of its Online Reading Room.  The collection preserves significant historical public media content and makes it discoverable and searchable.  More than 100 public media organizations share content from […]

Old Maps on new devices

Teachers and lovers of history and geography are going to love this new app. Old Maps, available for iPhone, iPad or any Android device through Google Play, allows mobile access to more than 250,000 high resolution, historical maps from the 15th to the 20th century, from across the world.  Only a few years ago, we […]

The GPO expands free eBook access

Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text […]

British Library expands The Commons with Public Domain Goodness

The British Library recently uploaded one million scanned public domain images onto The Commons, the world’s largest photo archive hosted by Flickr. Taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books, and digitized by Microsoft, the first set of public domain images–Highlights from the Mechanical Curator–is available for use, remix and repurpose. The set includes: […]

National Digital Public Library to launch

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is one of those projects a librarian (and perhaps any other geeky type) dreams of. We’ve been blessed over recent years with access to the resources of so many powerful digital archives. But until now, these efforts existed as silos. We’ve had no  infrastructure to aggregate these wonderful […]

NGA Images Database launches (with Open Access Policy)

Yesterday, our National Gallery of Art made the following generous announcement that will be of interest to teachers and learners across the disciplines. The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at http://images.nga.gov. This repository […]