MIT Learning Creative Learning centre
For many years, the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, led by Mitch Resnick, has been developing new technologies, activities, and environments (such as Scratch and Computer Clubhouses) to engage all children, from all backgrounds, in creative learning experiences.

Learning Creative Learning (LCL) is our effort to connect and share ideas with people around the world with similar goals, visions, and values. It is an opportunity for like-minded educators and learners to meet one another and share ideas, strategies, and practical tips on how to support creative learning.

LCL is organized as a six-week online course (starting on October 18, 2017), but its real goal is to cultivate an ongoing learning community in support of creative learning around the world.

Each week we will offer online videos, readings, and hands-on activities. You’ll be able go through this material at your own pace. All of our materials will be freely available (including sections from Mitch Resnick’s new Lifelong Kindergarten book). You can spend as much or as little time you like – by watching, reading, making, sharing, reflecting, and discussing.
education  technical-skills  teacher  MOOCs 
Ontario History Curriculum: Many Questions to be Answered
Dr. Samantha Cutrara, a History Education Strategist, talks about the newly redone (2013) Ontario history curriculum and makes specific suggestions on how libraries (and museums and historians) can help support teachers in the renewed focus on primary sources. Near the bottom of the document, she links to an analysis of the curriculum for Ontario reframed as a series of questions (to which primary sources can be called upon to answer).
History  curriculum  Ontario  libraries  how-to  research  resources 
3 days ago
Mozilla science
Mozilla Science Lab is a community of researchers, developers, and librarians making research open and accessible. We’re empowering open science leaders through fellowships, mentorship, and project-based learning.
librarianship  open-data  community-building  metadata 
9 days ago
Telegram: Free, fast, secure messaging app
Official free messaging app based on Telegram API for speed and security. Works on wifi and android and computers.

This software is licensed under GNU GPL version 3. Encrypted.
messaging  texting  free  security  android  app  wifi 
13 days ago
Goosechase: Educational scavenger hunt
GoosechaseEdu is an app that combines the excitement of a scavenger hunt with mobile technology. Games consist of a series of missions that are completed by individuals or teams.

Once you create an account, you can opt to use games from the game library or you can design your own missions. Once your game is ready you will share the link with the participants. Participants need to download the app which works on both Android and iOS devices and have a Goosechase account. Points are earned for completing missions which requires participants to either submit a photo, answer with text, or check into a specified location. Missions might require participants to complete an action such as solving a math problem and uploading it or finding the area of the Louisiana Purchase and submit the correct answer. The game organizer sets a time limit and the team with the most points when time is up wins.
games  education  Library-innovation  Eric  android  iphone  app 
13 days ago
Web room
WebRoom is a free service for hosting online meetings. WebRoom doesn't require you to download any software and you don't need to register in order to use it. To launch a meeting on WebRoom you simply enter your name and email address. Your meeting room launches as soon as you finish entering your email address. Once your room is open you can invite people to join by sending them emails from within WebRoom.

WebRoom lets you use your webcam if you want people to see your face during the meeting. A whiteboard space is provided. You can draw on the whiteboard or upload a file to share and discuss on the whiteboard. A text chat space is provided in each WebRoom meeting. It is possible to share your screen with other meeting participants. However, to share your screen you will need to install the WebRoom Chrome extension.
virtual-meetings  whiteboard  online-platforms  group-chat  free  education 
13 days ago
Blog booker
BlogBooker is a service that allows you to turn your the contents of your Blogger or WordPress blog into a PDF. Using BlogBooker is a fairly straight-forward process. BlogBooker walks you through each step of the process including the first step which is exporting the contents of your blog as an XML file. The second step is entering the URL for your blog. After completing those two steps just sit back and wait as BlogBooker creates a PDF or Word file based on the text and images in your blog posts.

The free version of BlogBooker limits you to three books and one year's worth of blog posts. There are upgrades available that will allow you to include more blog posts and will include higher resolution images.
blog  books  Tools  how-to  XML 
13 days ago
Bertrand Library disaster plan
Available online, but last updated in 2005.
Notable because of the identified lists of priority, and because exact directions are given to the location of items needed for recovery.

Very out of date, however, and not easy to read when printed. (A disaster plan must exist in hard copy.)
emergency-preparedness  disaster-plan  samples 
13 days ago
UofT Libraries: Disaster Plan, 2017
This guide is updated annually and published on the University of Toronto Libraries' website.

It's very well laid out:
* contact info right up front
* salvage operations with simple instructions and lots of white space, which addresses items by material and uses simple diagrams to illustrate
* post-disaster analysis
* prevention
* salvage recovery resources (who to call. This section includes printable floor maps for all UofT library buildings.

Impressive. Very long, though. (47 pages)
emergency-preparedness  disaster-plan  Toronto  samples 
13 days ago
ALA Factsheet 10, Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
This fact sheet is a selective resource for libraries of all sizes and types. It contains links to disaster preparedness web sites whose primary role is emergency response or conservation, and to information on available training, and to other available resources, as well contains a select book bibliography. (American)
disaster-plan  emergency-preparedness  libraries  USA 
13 days ago
Disaster Planning and Recovery for Libraries (SCRLC libguide)
Links to resources on how to write a disaster plan for your library, disaster prevention and recovery, etc. This is an American resource.
disaster-plan  emergency-preparedness  libraries  libguides  USA 
13 days ago
DataVizProject is a free website (currently in beta), so you can easily find an infographic that suits your data and figure out how to create one yourself – while learning the family, function, shape and input of each visualisation. DataVizProject is intended for everyone wanting to find new ways of visualising data, such as students, journalists, and graphic designers.

Copenhagen infographic agency Ferdio have launched the archive of data visualisations templates to give you a little help to create your own data visualisations – and to figure out what those obscure labels mean.
visualisations  Tools  infographic  how-to 
15 days ago
Text-only NPR news
Very lightweight and accessible on low-bandwidth or devices for blind people.
news  accessible-books  Accessibility  text-only 
15 days ago
The new redesigned website and Photographic Collection contains roughly 10,000 photographs digitized, catalogued and made available for the first time on the site. Includes several collections, such as the National Folklore Collection UCD Digitization Project. Access by places, people, topics, etc.
Ireland  Irish  trad-music  folk-music  folklore  transcription  Crowdsourcing  Digital-collections 
15 days ago
Welsh Traditional Music (National Library of Wales)
Manuscripts of folk tunes, Archives containing folk tunes and songs, Archives relating to the tradition of penillion singing, Vocal and instrumental performers, On-line printed resources, Ballads and poems, other resources.
trad-music  Wales  songs  ballads  primary-sources  archives  Digital-collections 
15 days ago
What To Do If Collections Get Wet (LoC)
Discusses air-drying and freezing library collections. Also, problems such as mould, smoke and soot, and other contamination.
disaster-plan  emergency-preparedness  Preservation  how-to  libraries 
15 days ago
Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? (EPA in US)
Maybe, maybe not. No proven health benefits, tells you what to look for when thinking of doing it, how to hire a company.Good read.
house  home-maintenance  how-to 
15 days ago
Library Insurance Valuation (LoC)
Tells you what to do for individual items of value, then tells you how to value a mixed library collection.

Provides downloadable Excel spreadsheets listing valuations by call number area (Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal) in US dollars. Seems to be provided yearly, with a 1-year lag.

You enter the number of items in each category; they have provided average US$ prices for many (but by no means all) categories. The spreadsheet calculates the total estimate for number of items affected.
disaster-plan  emergency-preparedness  libraries  how-to  Tools  spreadsheet  USA 
15 days ago
Pocket Response Plan™ PReP ™ Templates (Council of State Archives)
You can download the Word version and hack it for your library.
Designed be printed on a two-sided, legal-sized document, folded to the size of a credit card, and inserted in a Tyvek envelope for protection. Fits in a wallet.

"On one side is an Emergency Communication Directory, with contact information for staff, first responders, emergency services, utilities, vendors and suppliers, disaster teams, and other essential individuals and agencies.

The other side contains an Emergency Response Checklist: an organized list of those actions that each individual should take in the first 24 to 72 hours following a disaster.

The PReP is meant to complement, not replace, an agency's disaster plan. It ensures that managers and staff have the most essential information with them at all times."
disaster-plan  emergency-preparedness  how-to  Tools  downloadable 
15 days ago
dPlan: The Online Disaster-Planning Tool for Cultural and Civic Institutions
Create a single account for the institution. Fill in the blank forms that you can come back to and update. Comes in two flavours: Lite and In-depth. You can download it as a LaTeX file (which can be converted to RTF). Review every six months (recommended).

NOTE: I am not sure how secure this is... Developed in 2006. Looks it. But the questions are still very valid and useful for creating your Disaster Plan.

"dPlan is a free online tool that simplifies the process of writing a disaster plan for your collections. It provides a comprehensive fill-in-the-blank template into which you enter information about your institution. dPlan generates a printed disaster plan specific to your institution.

dPlan was developed to assist non-profit organizations that hold cultural collections, such as libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, town clerk offices, and others. We are sorry, but for-profit corporations cannot use dPlan at this time.

dPlan was prepared by Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The development of the template was funded by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)."
disaster-plan  emergency-preparedness  libraries  LAMs  how-to  Tools  USA 
15 days ago
Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions
Compiled by Valerie Dorge and Sharon L. Jones for the The Getty Conservation Institute in 1999, this 270-page guide walks you through the roles of everyone from the Directors to the hands-on disaster response team. There are a number of case studies.
disaster-plan  emergency-preparedness  libraries  archives  how-to 
15 days ago
Library of Congress: Emergency management
Being prepared means taking precautionary measures and knowing what to do in an emergency.

Because water exposure -- and the subsequent mold growth it quickly fosters -- is common to various emergencies and disasters, emergency preparedness necessarily emphasizes reducing the threats to collections posed specifically by water. Many different types of materials can withstand getting wet, but also can be lost completely if proper steps are not taken.
emergency-preparedness  libraries  LoC  Library-of-congress  disaster-plan 
15 days ago
LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies
A special section dedicated to resources for subject catalogers provides descriptions and pointers to controlled vocabularies and thesauruses used to categorize diverse library materials and collections in all formats. Free PDFs of Library of Congress subject headings documentation and access to literally hundreds of downloadable vocabularies and ontologies through are provided.
LoC  Library-linked-data  librarianship  Library-of-congress  archives  resources  standards  authority-files  vocabularies 
15 days ago
Portal for Librarians and Archivists
The Library of Congress provides many resources to support information professionals worldwide. To streamline access to that content, we’ve redesigned our portal for librarians and archivists.

The new portal highlights the standard library functions of acquisitions, bibliographic access, preservation and public service, providing an overview of these activities at the Library and links to a wealth of content and documentation in each area. A new banner on the opening page features each of the four library functions and offers access to our most popular online catalogs and quick links to content for library professionals: the Library of Congress Classification Outline, BIBFRAME and MARC21.
LoC  Library-linked-data  librarianship  Library-of-congress  archives  resources  standards 
15 days ago
ISO/TS 19264-1:2017 Photography -- Archiving systems -- Image quality analysis -- Part 1: Reflective originals
SO/TS 19264-1:2017 describes a method for analysing imaging systems quality in the area of cultural heritage imaging. The method described analyses multiple imaging systems quality characteristics from a single image of a specified test target. The specification states which characteristics are measured, how they are measured, and how the results of the analysis need to be presented.

ISO/TS 19264-1:2017 applies to scanners and digital cameras used for digitization of cultural heritage material.

NOTE This document addresses imaging of reflective originals, a future part two will address imaging of transparent originals.
cultural-heritage  Digitisation  digital-preservation  standards  ISO 
16 days ago
Beyond Words
A Library of Congress transcription effort. "As a pilot, the main goal of Beyond Words is to identify and caption pictures in newspaper pages to create public domain data for researchers to use. The crowdsourced data that are collaboratively generated in Beyond Words are released into the public domain, then available for download as JSON data and exploration in a public gallery."
LoC  transcription  Crowdsourcing  cultural-heritage  Library-innovation  public-domain 
17 days ago
International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)
A growing community of the world’s leading research libraries and image repositories have embarked on an effort to collaboratively produce an interoperable technology and community framework for image delivery.

IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) has the following goals:

To give scholars an unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to image-based resources hosted around the world.
To define a set of common application programming interfaces that support interoperability between image repositories.
To develop, cultivate and document shared technologies, such as image servers and web clients, that provide a world-class user experience in viewing, comparing, manipulating and annotating images.

Includes list of open-source apps on the Apps & Demos page
metadata  image  Digitisation  digital-preservation  open-data  open-source  imag-viewers 
20 days ago
William Prince (singer-songwriter)
First Nations singer, I waw him at Mariposa 2017. Lovely voice! Really good songs.
singer-songwriter  muscians-I-like  Canadian  folk-music 
20 days ago
Badges: Learning in libraries
From the page: "Badging may be seen as an alternative to traditional forms of educational assessment and recognition. (...)

Digital badging would allow metadata to be attached to each badge, bringing together valuable information about the criteria for earning the badge, the institution or instructor behind the badge, the date the badge was earned, descriptions or copies of assessment tools, or even examples of actual work submitted to receive the badge. Additionally, as a form of micro-credentialing, badging would help document specific learning achievement along a larger path towards general achievement." (...)
badges  Library-innovation  library-training  libraries  try-later 
22 days ago
Disaster Recovery for School Libraries (AASL blog)
Practical steps librarians can take to help support the people in your community during a disaster.
"Beyond local fire, police, and medical contacts, it might be appropriate for the librarian to establish a central hub for helping connect patrons with local authorities who have set up aid"...
emergency-preparedness  disaster-plan  libraries 
22 days ago
IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM)
IFLA LRM is a high-level conceptual reference model developed within an entity-relationship modelling framework. It is the consolidation of the separately developed IFLA conceptual models: FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD.

IFLA LRM was developed to resolve inconsistencies between the three separate models. Every user task, entity, attribute and relationship from the original three models was examined, definitions had to be revised, but also some remodeling was required in order to develop a meaningful consolidation. The result is a single, streamlined, and logically consistent model that covers all aspects of bibliographic data and that at the same time brings the modelling up-to-date with current conceptual modelling practices.

IFLA LRM was designed to be used in linked data environments and to support and promote the use of bibliographic data in linked data environments.
IFLA  RDA  Library-linked-data  how-to  metadata  standards 
22 days ago
MetroPostcard: Postcard Publishers, Printers, and Distributors of Note
An incredible resource! History, names and cities, dates for many postcard manufacturers.
postcards  publishing  metadata  ephemera  Eric 
23 days ago
Library Box
LibraryBox is an open source, portable digital file distribution tool based on inexpensive hardware that enables delivery of educational, healthcare, and other vital information to individuals off the grid.
open-source  libraries  how-to  Tools  file-sharing 
27 days ago
Measure the Future: Measuring Attention in Library Spaces
Imagine having a Google-Analytics-style dashboard for your library building: number of visits, what patrons browsed, what parts of the library were busy during which parts of the day, and more. Measure the Future is working to make that happen by using open-hardware based sensors that can collect data about building usage that is now invisible. Making these invisible occurrences explicit will allow librarians to make strategic decisions that create more efficient and effective experiences for their patrons.

Our goal is to enable libraries and librarians to make the tools that measure the future of the library as physical space. We are going to build open tools using open hardware and open source software, and then provide open tutorials so that libraries everywhere can build the tools for themselves.
Library-innovation  metrics  how-to  open-source  privacy 
27 days ago
Coding is for losers
Laziness is a virtue Learn to automate your data analysis work with Google Sheets & APIs
Google  spreadsheet  how-to  API  automation  education 
28 days ago
Google Sheets + Query = Hell YEAH!
How to have database like functionality to a Google Sheet. Put all the data on one sheet, make tabs for each of your subsets and then do the query in cell A1 of each sheet.

=query(namedRange,“SELECT A,B,C WHERE C=’yourValue’”,1)

Links to other HOW TO DO IT websites like
Google  spreadsheet  queries  how-to  data-management  databases 
28 days ago
Library of Congress labs
The Library of Congress today launched, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations from leaders in the field.
LoC  Library-innovation  Digital-collections  USA 
29 days ago
Keybase: security app for mobile phones and computers
Keybase is a new and free security app for mobile phones and computers. For the geeks among us: it's open source and powered by public-key cryptography.

Keybase is for anyone. Imagine a Slack for the whole world, except end-to-end encrypted across all your devices. Or a Team Dropbox where the server can't leak your files or be hacked.
security  encryption  privacy  app 
29 days ago
Club Amick
Three times a year, over 5,000 First Nation children in Ontario’s remote communities receive packages addressed in their names.

Inside are a children’s book and an activities-based newsletter.
Your donation will:

help bring reading materials to First Nation children, promoting literacy and a love for reading
create awareness of and take steps to address the need for childhood literacy support in remote First Nation communities
promote awareness across Ontario about the importance of childhood literacy
provide continuity, through ongoing support, to participants in the Lieutenant Governor’s Summer Literacy Camp program and to other children in the target communities.

“Thank you for my book. I am in Grade 3. I read your book and I love it. It’s good the title is A Quiet Place.”

– A recipient postcard to Amick

The spirit and intent of Club Amick also complements the spirit and intent of Our Way Forward, an Ontario First Nation public library initiative for the establishment and development of public library service in Ontario’s First Nation communities.
Indigenous  libraries  Ontario  SOLS 
29 days ago
Data mining with Weka
Just wanted to share a really cool free open source data mining program called Weka.
Weka contains tools for data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, and visualization.

There are also Weka MOOCs that teach you how to use it (in addition to youtube tutorials):

You can download it here:
open-source  data-management  visualisations  free  course  how-to 
29 days ago
Beyond Colonialism? Libraries for a Canada We Don't Yet Know
The 2017 Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Lecture & Award Presentation Reconciliation. Relationships. Restitution. All three are on the minds of public institutions following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. But where and how to begin? As institutions that support learning, libraries are uniquely suited to engage with—and model—responsible practices that take direction from Indigenous peoples, both locally and nationally. A leader in the area of library services with Indigenous peoples, Monique Woroniak considers how libraries can best position themselves to be relevant for a country reconsidering its foundations.
reconciliation  libraries  video  Indigenous 
29 days ago
Librarians, wâhkôhtowin, and information literacy instruction: building kinship in research relationships
Speaker: Jessie Loyer
Opening and Closing Keynote presentations from the May 2017 Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conference that all library staff should watch. Each video is about an hour long, but when it comes to building awareness and understanding, this is worth your time:
reconciliation  libraries  video  Indigenous  reseach  how-to 
29 days ago
Appropriation or Appreciation: How to Engage Indigenous Literatures Speaker: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
Opening and Closing Keynote presentations from the May 2017 Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conference that all library staff should watch. Each video is about an hour long, but when it comes to building awareness and understanding, this is worth your time:
reconciliation  Indigenous  cultural-appropriation  libraries  video 
29 days ago
Google style guide
To help developers write better documentation, Google this week opened up its own developer-documentation style guide.
techical-writing  how-to  styleguide 
4 weeks ago
A rough guide to making a manuscript
What follows is a general, Wiki-How-style overview of how a medieval manuscript would have been fashioned. The craft flourished for over 1,000 years and dominates the material foundation of Western literary culture.
manuscripts  how-to 
4 weeks ago
Assistive Technology Resources for Nonprofits and Libraries
IT devices can be a real help to people with all manner of disabilities, so we thought you might like our roundup of assistive technology resources. We hope you'll find it useful in working with special needs clients and patrons.
AssistiveTechnology  blind  disabilities  libraries  USA 
4 weeks ago
Using data from historic newspapers
Library of Congress’ blog The Signal features a post drawn from a talk by David Brunton (Library of Congress) on the need to simplify APIs. Brunton explains why complicated APIs are challenging for users, and offers his observations from his work on LoC’s Chronicling America project:

But over time it has been my unscientific observation that researchers are, in general, subject to at least three constraints that make simplification of APIs a priority:

Most researchers are gathering data from multiple sources
Most researchers don’t have unlimited access to a group of professional developers
Most researchers already possess a tool of choice for modeling or visualization

The post shows examples of Library of Congress APIs and their use cases.
LoC  open-data  historical-research  how-to  newspapers  API 
4 weeks ago
Maps of Old Toronto (Google site)
A way-cool way to navigate maps of Toronto from the late-1800s to the early 1900s. Pick a time, pick a location, peruse a fire-insurance map. A great way to see the city develop and to find out what your street USED to be called!
maps  historical-research  Toronto  GIS-and-geolocation 
5 weeks ago
National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)
NHGIS is an extremely useful and entirely free resource providing researchers with online access to “spatially aggregated census data.” NHGIS is a grant-funded project run by researchers at the University of Minnesota.

Although “GIS” is in the name of the resource, NHGIS also provides summary statistics from U.S. censuses and the American Community Survey (1790–present) in addition to the GIS boundary files (available as shapefiles, a standard file format for working with spatial data). Among the most valuable data available through NHGIS are pre-1970 census data, which were digitized and compiled from print sources.

As the site notes, “NHGIS does not provide tools for data analysis, mapping, or reporting. Rather, NHGIS supplies data files designed for use in spreadsheet applications (e.g., Microsoft Excel), statistical software (e.g., Stata, SPSS, SAS, R), or GIS applications (e.g., Esri ArcGIS).”

The Data Finder (found under “Select Data”) is the tool through which users can select data sets by using a combination of four filters (geographic level, year, topic, or data source) to locate their desired data. Available data include tabular data (tables from sources such as the U.S. decennial censuses and the American Community Survey), time series tables (data from multiple census years standardized and linked together), and GIS boundary files.

The site very helpfully offers comprehensive training and troubleshooting documentation through the “User Resources” menu that covers questions both general and specific, and will help get users up and running quickly. There is a clear explanation of exactly what data is available and for which years in the “Data Availability” section of the user resources, and the large FAQ gives many helpful tips. Unlike most free resources, NHGIS has a user support team, which offers assistance via email for users having technical difficulties. Users are required to cite NHGIS, as well as send a copy of the resulting publication or research to the NHGIS team.

For those researchers who know what data they are seeking and how they intend to use it, NHGIS is a goldmine. However, for those less certain about their needs, the wealth of data it provides may be daunting. Although there is robust documentation and support for use of this resource, it is most appropriate for faculty, graduate students, or sufficiently advanced undergraduates.—Eli Gandour-Rood, University of Puget Sound,
GIS-and-geolocation  USA  open-data 
5 weeks ago
American Vernacular Music Manuscripts
This website contains an amazing collection of more than 300 volumes of handwritten 18th- and 19th-century music manuscripts collected or written by ordinary Americans. The manuscripts are drawn from The American Antiquarian Society and The Center for Popular Music.

The music includes well-known folk songs, hymns, obscure or original music, marches performed by unknown bands, and more. Many of these songbooks date from the Civil War and contain pieces that would have been played or sung at home for entertainment with friends. Some contain hand drawn illustrations or pictures cut out and pasted into the volumes. Some books contain only lyrics, some only music, and some both. Some are printed clearly and are easy to read, but others are barely decipherable.

Notable examples include L. H. Baker’s books Florae Memoriae from 1825, which contain beautiful hand drawn and colored floral illustrations on the title pages. Corporal Thomas Fanning’s book dating back to the American Revolution (1779) contains many military songs and poems.

It is easy to search the collections. “Home/Quick Search” allows the user to search the whole collection by keywords or song/tune titles. “Advanced Search” allows the user to search multiple fields and search the contents of the American Antiquarian Society or the Center for Popular Music separately. There are conveniently located search tips, as well as a detailed Search Help section. A gallery contains examples of several images from the collections.

The website contains detailed guidelines for cataloging vernacular music manuscripts, which were developed by staff at the Center for Popular Music. These guidelines would be useful for those cataloging handwritten music manuscripts in their own libraries.

Users can view the manuscripts online or there are several options to download the material. The site also contains citation suggestions and copyright policies for those referencing the manuscripts.

These manuscripts contain a wealth of information, and would be useful for research into music history and American history. They are also just plain fun to browse.—Mary Wise, Central Washington University,
archives  music  USA  manuscripts 
5 weeks ago
Peer 2 Peer University: Learning group facilitation handbook
You can download this handbook as a .pdf. It includes tips, tricks, checklists, and templates to help you advertise, prepare for, and run your learning circle.
MOOC  how-to  Library-innovation  library-instruction 
6 weeks ago
Contra dance callers' resource
List of links to other resources for figures in contra dancing
contras  how-to  dance-calls  dances 
6 weeks ago
DPLA Launches Open-Source Spark OAI Harvester
The DPLA is launching an open-source tool for fast, large-scale data harvests from OAI repositories. The tool uses a Spark distributed processing engine to speed up and scale up the harvesting operation, and to perform complex analysis of the harvested data. It is helping us improve our internal workflows and provide better service to our hubs. The Spark OAI Harvester is freely available and we hope that others working with interoperable cultural heritage or science data will find uses for it in their own projects.
DPLA  Spark  OAI  OAI-PMH  software  Tools  free  metadata  open-data 
7 weeks ago
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. (US$40)
creative-writing  Tools  software 
7 weeks ago
Creative writing guild
Exercises, prompts, writing lessons, guest posts
blog  creative-writing  how-to  learning 
7 weeks ago
Canva is a great service for creating all kinds of graphics including collages, posters, greeting cards, and even certificates to print and give to students. I
tools  online  graphic  design 
7 weeks ago
Metaverse Studio
Create Interactive Experiences using Metaverse Studio
Arrange Scenes and Blocks on a Storyboard, and link them together
Scenes are visual elements that display content, ask for user input, ask users to take photos, embed virtual reality etc.
Blocks add logic and actions that allow your Experiences to do amazing things
More powerful every day
New Scenes and Blocks are constantly being added by our community of developers
tools  AR  free  education 
7 weeks ago
How Thunder Bay was made
Looks at settler-Indigenous relations in Thunder Bay, from an historical perspective. Focuses mainly on the 1905 forcible relocation of the Fort Wm First Nation.
racism  Canada  reconciliation  First-Nations  Indigenous  Ontario 
7 weeks ago
ALA resources and best practices regarding violence prevention, emergency preparedness
ALA members are encouraged to visit ALA resources and best practices regarding violence prevention, emergency preparedness, and other valuable resources.
VRP  violence-response  emergency-preparedness  libraries 
7 weeks ago
Deciphering the Handwritten Records of Early America
I have had to do a bit of research on how to effectively interpret 18th century manuscripts in order create the appropriate metadata for the records and improve discoverability of these records in our digital collection. The following sections include a brief history of writing during this time period, characteristics of 17th and 18th century British-American handwriting, and some tips on deciphering the text found within these records. This is the first blog post of a series on how to read handwritten colonial documents.
handwriting  how-to  archives 
7 weeks ago
How to Copy a Formula Down an Entire Column in Google Sheets
You are working inside a Google Spreadsheet where a formula needs to copied down to the last row of the sheet. There are several ways to solve this problem.
Google  spreadsheet  how-to 
7 weeks ago
deeplearn.js is an open-source library that brings performant machine learning building blocks to the web, allowing you to train neural networks in a browser or run pre-trained models in inference mode.
javascript  machinelearning  how-to 
7 weeks ago
How to Turn an Android Tablet Into a Desktop Notification Center
There are a lot of things you can do with a tablet you’re not using, but my favorite use is sticking it on an elaborate PC desktop and using it as a dedicated widget pad and notification center. Here’s how you go about it.
android  how-to  tablet 
7 weeks ago
How to Convert Your Blog Posts Into Videos
Step by step, but with annoying popups wanting you to download stuff.
how-to  video 
7 weeks ago
IFI player (Irish Film Institute's archive viewing room)
Launched in September 2016, the IFI Player is a virtual viewing room where audiences from across the globe can instantly access the rich collections housed in the IFI Irish Film Archive. The IFI Irish Film Archive collection spans 1897 to the present day, and the most important social, political and historical events of the last century are represented, enabling us to explore our cultural identity and connect with the past.

The IFI Player is home to over 1200 hours of content, you can browse and discover a wide range of movies, newsreels, travelogues, animations, feature films, public information films and documentaries, reflecting all aspects of indigenous amateur and professional production.

The IFI Player is also home to The Irish Adverts Project, a collection of restored Irish advertisements from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Irish  film  movies  archives  History  commercials  Digital-collections 
7 weeks ago
AACR2 concise PDF book
The Concise AACR2, 4th Edition, Through the 2004 Update
In slideshare [PDF] format
AACR2  PDF  cataloguing  standards 
10 weeks ago
DPLA Public Library Partnerships Project
Digital Public Library of America published a self-guided curriculum for digitisation aimed at public libraries and other cultural heritage institutions who are considering whether or how to undertake a digitisation programme. Overall, this is a very thorough albeit high-level introduction into what you need to consider before undertaking a digitisation project.

There are six modules in all
DPLA  Digitisation  Digital-collections  metadata  standards  best-practices 
10 weeks ago
figshare allows users to upload any file format to be previewed in the browser so that any research output, from posters and presentations to datasets and code, can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow
research  datasets  open-access  publishing  librarianship  Library-innovation 
10 weeks ago
The developing librarian - Breaking the code
This project, detailed here and previously in a dh+lib post, is a collaborative and project-based training program that provides librarians the opportunity to develop a digital humanities research project as a team and to “learn about new tools in a sustained manner that parallels the way other humanities researchers are likely to use them.” In this article, the authors provide an overview of the project objectives and design, as well as a discussion on assessment. The findings demonstrate that ongoing assessment captured incremental learning and shaped future stages of the project. Additionally the results played a significant role in “identifying and implementing appropriate training opportunities for librarians supporting emergent research activities and for understanding what skills and professional preparation are needed for new staff recruited into the organization.” The Developing Librarian project offers a model for sustained engagement of a community of practice interested in emergent DS research practices and tools. I particularly appreciate the project’s focus on learning in context, centering the role of librarian as researcher, and privileging the process as ongoing and generative.
digital-humanities  librarianship  how-to 
10 weeks ago
Enigma Public
What is it: A tool for finding public datasets and helping journalists analyse and use data more effectively.

Cost: Free

How is it of use to journalists?

Data released by official agencies and government bodies provides transparency and insight, and can often highlight trends or anomalies that are in the public interest.

However, some of these datasets are often difficult to access, while in other instances it is not clear whether they even exist, making it harder for journalists to find stories and collect information to provide the bigger picture.

Enigma Public, a free tool built by data management and intelligence company Enigma, launched yesterday (20 June) with the aim of helping users find the data they need and learn how to improve their use of information.

The 100,000 datasets from over 100 countries bring together information from international organisations and federal governments, and local and state governments in the USA, spanning subjects like building permits and fire inspection data, to things such as the contents of shipping containers, and financial contributions to political campaigns.
open-data  open-gov  USA 
11 weeks ago
The Beginner Guide to Regular Expressions
Fortunately, there’s a way to pick out precise patterns in text right down to the character. It’s called regular expressions, and it lets you become a master of searching through text.

If you’ve paid any attention at all to Linux utilities, you probably notice that they frequently make use of something called regular expressions. Although Unix and Linux made them popular, regular expressions are available in a variety of packages, including Microsoft Word.
regex  how-to 
11 weeks ago
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