What's Old is What's New

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What's Old is What's New

  1. 1. What's Old is What's New Library 2.0 for You NELA Annual Conference – 2008 Elizabeth Thomsen http://www.noblenet.org/ethomsen/
  2. 2. The Old Days <ul><li>We read about things in books, but seldom had access to the source material </li></ul><ul><li>Primary sources were curated, most of us just saw carefully selected images, movie clips, quotations from letters, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Someone else decided what was important. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Spinning Room Boys, Salem, Massachusetts Lewis Wickes Hine, National Archives Lewis Hine Project Joe Manning’s search for the stories and descendants of child laborers photographed by Hine
  4. 4. <ul><li>Shorpy </li></ul><ul><li>An active blog of old photographs </li></ul>
  5. 5. Library of Congress on Flickr
  6. 6. Movies <ul><li>For the Living </li></ul><ul><li>1940’s movie about New York housing projects </li></ul><ul><li>Living Room Candidate </li></ul><ul><li>TV campaign commercials back to 1952 </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Memory Share </li></ul><ul><li>Oral history project on YouTube </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Future of History <ul><li>There will be more of it </li></ul><ul><li>More complex written record: e-mail, blogging, wikis, social networking, Twitter, IM, text messages, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>What happens when we die? </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Dark Ages? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Geography is History <ul><li>Visual Wakefield </li></ul><ul><li>Lucius Beebe Memorial Library </li></ul>
  9. 9. People are Interested… <ul><li>But not as passive consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Comments, conversation and stories </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions and crowdsourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity through remixing and mash-ups </li></ul><ul><li>The end of “look but don’t touch” </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Make it easy for people to find and share </li></ul><ul><li>Tags, names, numbers, addresses, geocoding </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarkable links </li></ul><ul><li>Code for embedding images </li></ul><ul><li>Badges and other tools </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets, gadgets, plugins, apps </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright </li></ul>
  11. 11. Encourage Participation <ul><li>Encourage users to share their own photographs, home movies, memories, and more…even though it means giving up some control </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage people to use your material and create new tools…even though it means giving up some control </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you! <ul><li>Elizabeth Thomsen </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.noblenet.org/ethomsen/ </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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