Tools

Below are links to my favorite library/information/technology tools and resources. The list does not pretend to be comprehensive, nor will the list be free from link rot. Topics include manuscripts, digital preservation, design, data visualization, primary sources, copyright, and of course, the dreaded and ubiquitous Best Practices.

Resources & collections

Awful Library Books
http://awfullibrarybooks.net/

DigiVatLib
https://digi.vatlib.it/

Google’s We Wear Culture
https://artsandculture.google.com/project/fashion

Getty Research Portal
http://portal.getty.edu/

Huntington Library’s The Civil War
http://www.huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/content.aspx?id=20927

In Parentheses
http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/

Information Is Beautiful
https://informationisbeautiful.net/

JSTOR’s Understanding Shakespeare
https://labs.jstor.org/shakespeare/

KITAB: Studying the formation and development of the written Arabic tradition with digital methods
http://kitab-project.org/

Libguides
https://community.libguides.com/

NASA Image and Video Library
https://images.nasa.gov/

New York Public Library’s Digital Collections
https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/

Routelines
https://routelines.com/

UNC Chapel Hill Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection
https://library.unc.edu/wilson/sfc/

Stanford University’s Global Medieval Sourcebook
https://sourcebook.stanford.edu/

University of Iowa’s Keith-Albee Vaudeville Collection
http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/search/collection/keithalbee

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Faberge and Russian Decorative Arts Collection
https://www.vmfa.museum/collections/faberge-and-russian-decorative-arts/

Tools

Canva
for social media, graphic design, and digital projects
https://www.canva.com/

CARTO
https://carto.com/

Crowd Sourced Indexing
for collaborative descriptions of documents and records
https://csindexing.com/

Google MyMaps
https://www.google.com/mymaps

If This, Then That 
for making products and devices interoperable
https://ifttt.com/

McGoo
for building simple systems
http://www.mcgoo.com.au/esbuilder/3

TimelineJS
https://timeline.knightlab.com/

Trello
for organization, group projects, and project management
https://trello.com/

Zotero
for managing research, citations, and content
https://www.zotero.org/

Articles & blog posts

Abebooks
“A catalog of bookstore cats”
https://www.abebooks.com/books/bookseller-bookshop-bookstore/cats.shtml

Association of Research and College Libraries blog
“Going viral: Copyright lessons from Max the Cat”
https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/17052/18798

The Atlantic
Sampling DNA From a 1,000-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/the-secret-life-of-illuminated-manuscripts-as-told-in-dna/536172/

The Atlantic
Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/vatican-secret-archives-artificial-intelligence/559205/

FedScoop
“The Library of Congress is experimenting with GIS”
https://www.fedscoop.com/library-congress-experimenting-gis/

The Folger Library
“Catalog versus finding aid”
https://collation.folger.edu/2017/02/manuscripts-in-libraries/

IEEE Spectrum
“The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence”
https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/it/the-lost-picture-show-hollywood-archivists-cant-outpace-obsolescence

LABIOTECH
“Visualizing the Microbiome through Handmade Embroidery”
https://labiotech.eu/bioart/bioart-rebecca-harris-microbiome/

The National Archives
“The Gloves are Off”
https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/the-gloves-are-off/

Nature
“Digital forensics: from the crime lab to the library”
https://www.nature.com/news/digital-forensics-from-the-crime-lab-to-the-library-1.19998

NASA
“Dataset Interoperability Recommendations for Earth Science”
https://earthdata.nasa.gov/user-resources/standards-and-references/dataset-interoperability-recommendations-for-earth-science

Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives blog
“Why don’t archivists digitize everything?”
https://peelarchivesblog.com/2017/05/31/why-dont-archivists-digitize-everything/

Slate Magazine
a series of articles on digital history projects
http://www.slate.com/search.html#search=digital%20projects

Wired
“The British Library is racing to save archived sounds from decay”
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/british-library-sound-archive

Video & audio

The Authority File
a podcast for academic librarians
http://www.choice360.org/librarianship/podcast

MIT Global Shakespeare
a growing collection of adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays from around the world
http://globalshakespeares.mit.edu/#

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