Collection Development, Digital World, Library Design and Accessibility, News of Interest, Partnerships, Projects & Research

Library of Congress and Flickr

Shortly after reading on our blog Bradley Debrick’s post about tagging, I read Matt Raymond’s post on the Library of Congress blog about the Library’s pilot project with Flickr, an online photosharing site. The Library of Congress is posting photographs which no copyright is known to exist and asking people to comment, make notes, and add tags. Matt Raymond shortly afterward shared how well-received that partnership has been thus far. I am excited about the project and believe its potential for students of all ages is incredible. The Library of Congress’ Flickr profile page states: We’ve been acquiring photos since the mid-1800s when photography was the hot new technology. Because images represent life and the world so vividly, people have long enjoyed exploring our visual collections. Looking at pictures opens new windows to understanding both the past and the present. Favorite photos are often incorporated in books, TV shows, homework…

Children's Literature (all forms), Evaluation of Media

Serving on Notable Children’s Books Committee, part II

There is so much more that I can say about being on this incredible Committee, but I’ll keep it brief again. To me, there are always two related but also separate facets that make serving on Media Evaluation Committees so valuable. One is of course the “work” and the stated “goal” of the Committee, compiling a list of titles that will reach libraries and children nationwide (be they Audio Books, Websites, or Books). Through these recommended lists, we are promoting great works and even guiding the industry to a certain extend. The second facet is the tremendous growth that one gains by serving on these Committees. Days after our concluding meeting and heart-felt goodbyes, the 2008 Notable Children’s Books Committee members have been filling each other’s email inboxes with messages, gushing over how grateful we are to each other’s insights and professionalism, and how much we have all learned and…