"Wordnik is a place for all the words, and everything known about them. Our goal is to show you as much information as possible, as fast as we can find it, for every word in English, and to give you a place where you can make your own opinions about words known."
"Timelines: Sources from History" is a fantastic free web resource for studying the history of Great Britain. It features Web 2.0 functionality and feel with an interactive timeline and stunning digital images of important documents from British history. Via Dr. Grinnell on Facebook.
It's been added to the library's English Lit and History research guides.
When James Cameron's blockbuster film AVATAR hit the silver screen, two companion books hit our library's shelves.
The art of Avatar : James Cameron's epic adventure (by Lisa Fitzpatrick) explores the developmental and conceptual art used to create Avatar's fictional world, Pandora.
Avatar : a confidential report on the biological and social history of Pandora (by Maria Wilhelm & Dirk Mathison) details the animal and plant life of Pandora's alien ecosystem and the anthropology of its indigenous people, the Na'vi.
For availability, please search the online catalog.
"DeweyMusic is a new interface for Archive.org's wonderful public domain music library. You can listen to, download, remix, and share anything you see on this site legally and for free."
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From the Library of Congress' blog:
Jan. 16 is the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Library’s account on Flickr, the photosharing website. We started with approximately 3,100 photos in our account; today 30 additional archives, libraries, and museums from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, and Sweden now contribute images with no known copyright restrictions to the “Commons” on Flickr.
The Commons loudly invited people to “help describe the world’s public photo collections,” which in turn inspired a spontaneous “Friends group” and website called Indicommons, where supporters write about interesting images, curate thematic selections, set up interactive games, and create new applications.
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Explore The Commons on Flickr.
In 1848, Phineas Gage became a medical miracle.
Gage was a 25-year-old railroad foreman, who was known for being efficient and friendly. One September day, his crew was laying track in Cavendish, Vt. As he was tamping explosive powder into a hole in the rock, the powder exploded prematurely, driving the tamping iron straight through his head.
Gage never lost consciousness. He sat upright in the ox cart that carried him to an inn, a half-mile away. He was met there by Dr. John Martyn Harlow, who performed one of the first neurosurgeries ever. Gage recovered in a matter of months, though he lost his left eye.
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"The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the New Media Consortium (NMC). Each year, the report identifies and describes six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years." The areas included in this year's report are:
Two to Three Years: Electronic Books and Simple Augmented Reality
Four to Five Years: Gesture-based Computing and Visual Data Analysis
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Try it out: http://facterylabs.com/
Please note that scheduled maintenance on Classical Music Library, African American Song, Smithsonian Global Sound and Contemporary World Music from the library's Online Music Collections may cause sporadic access disruptions between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 PM EDT on January 30, 2010.
The library is open that day during the scheduled maintenance period.
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
This (free, publicly available) website should prove an excellent resource for a student of First World War poetry. As the screenshot above shows, the site contains not only information about poems and their authors, but contemporary audio, video and popular culture materials. One could get lost in here, but in a good way.
The creators' description of the site:
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.
The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas. This is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, and a set of specially developed educational resources. These educational resources include an exciting new exhibition in the three-dimensional virtual world Second Life.
Freely available to the public as well as the educational community, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a significant resource for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired.
Stand With Haiti
Partners in Health Blog on how to help
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From the article by Brady Forrest:
"Crisis Mappers from around the world have been working around the clock to create maps and other tools for relief workers in Haiti. The earthquake caused tremendous damage to the road network and updated maps are necessary to enable food and volunteers to traverse the island.The volunteer-driven Open Street Map project has become a central data source for the Crisis Mappers. It is regarded by many as the most up-to-date map of the area. It combines UN damage assessment, digitized imagery, Public Domain Topos and other base data."
The exhibition sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture, and creativity and addresses the human desire to belong. With compelling text and powerful graphics, the exhibition includes accounts of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. Stories are set within the context of a larger society that, for centuries, has viewed people through the prism of race brought to the Western Hemisphere by European settlers.
By combining the voices of the living with those of their ancestors, the exhibition provides an extraordinary opportunity to understand the history and contemporary perspectives of people of African and Native American descent.
Library in the Key of D Major, Acrylic on paper, by Wofford College student Frances Choe. This image is now on display among other paintings by Frances Choe in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery through January 29, 2010.
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The works in this collection may be used for free. According to the source, they are believed to be in the public domain. Please note, however, that while some photos are unrestricted, others may require attribution. The general rule: identify the photographer, physical location of the photo, and any other pertinent information regarding rights.
Full story at Publisher's Weekly.
(*No word yet on what this one will cost.)