Link roundup

Hopefully everyone had a lovely weekend! This weekend, I tackled a few things: digging into more of our acquisitions as we prepare for more, research on how we might sell discards (more to come on that!), and clearing out the back log of blog posts and stories I’d been meaning to read.

Based on that, I found some stories I wanted to share with all of you:

  • A travelogue of Libraries in Italy, two subjects near and dear to my heart
  • 10 years ago OCLC published a report on digitization and they are highlighting that again, especially since technology changes so quickly
  • The Library of Congress has a new free to use photograph collection, this one of Roadsides in America.
  • An oldie from the Library of Congress, here are some awesome vintage travel posters that are free to use and reuse.
  • Also on the older side, a round up of good free online resources and apps
  • Did you know the New Hampshire state library is 300 years old today? They’ve been highlighting fun facts every day, but there’s a good intro piece on NHPR.
  • The digital copies of George Washington’s papers moved to a new home a few months back, in case you missed it.
  • In the spring, Library of Congress launched a new portal to all of their World War I content, especially timely since we are in the midst of the centenary.
  • So now I’m disappointed that there wasn’t a “librarian hand” class in library school. I would love to have standardized penmanship!

The Libraries of Herculaneum

A quick note to point you to the following article: The libraries of Herculaneum: Not quite destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius? The news came out a week or so ago so some of you may have already seen it, but its worth another highlight.

There are really two things worth noting. First, prior to this discovery, the first known usage of leaded ink was the 4th century. Herculaneum, of course, was destroyed in 79 AD, well before that benchmark. Second, there is the technique for reading the scrolls. Obviously you don’t try to unfold burnt paper; you really don’t try to unfold it when it was burned over 1900 years ago. Having the ability to read these scrolls would be important to our understanding of these communities as well as the Roman world at the time. Paper being a natural fiber, it doesn’t last very long. I wonder what the scrolls hold…