Monday, January 5, 2015

Hathi Trust

I really like the work of the Hathi Trust.  I used a lot of resources on it last year.

I like the way you can look at a book, link to a page, to help explore some history.

There is also the lovely embed the book option too.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Aztecs at the Australian Museum

Social media for Aztecs exhibition at the Australian MuseumThis is a lovely (disturbing and brilliant) exhibition, and before you reach it, you are informed about the social media available, how to connect to the museum, and the exhibition.  This photograph shows one of the screens which do this.  You can see more examples of how they promote the hashtags and connect people to their social media.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

book2art meets twitter reading group - kind of

I really like the Library as incubator project blog, I have it in my rss feed and really enjoy their posts.

They have an interesting reading group called booktoart which encourages reading groups to make things inspired by the books which are read each month.  You can join the reading group as a library or as an individual.  There are reading group resources available, so you can read along and craft along too.

While joining this group would be great (and it would be), you could also encourage people to be inspired by making something no matter what is read.  Each title or theme could serve as an inspiration.

This is what I did in 2011 when the twitter reading groups (now Read watch play) was started.  It first came to life as readit2011.  I wanted to encourage people to think about how the themes could be used in their libraries, and so chose a random example of what is possible. I decided that I would make a tea cosy to match each theme.  While the themes are for a twitter discussion they work very well for library displays, story times, face to face reading groups, library programming and much more.  My tea cosies were hopefully a way to help some people think more broadly about what is possible.  They were only ever mentioned on twitter or my blog as they were an out of work activity for me.

whodoneit tea cosy This image shows the tea cosy for #whodoneitit - using crime as an inspiration, and obviously a very bloody crime scene.  It is crazy.

It was only when I started to read about the booktoart club that I started to think about these again, as most of the tea cosies were given away.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

creating content

I use different online tools from time to time to create content.  I have been making calendars for a few years.  This year I was back to Redbubble (and I have to mention the brand so you can see the example).  I was uploading photographs for a calendar, but the site suggested lots of other things I could do with the same content.  You can see some of the examples in the image below.

Some of the possibilities on Redbubble - some great, and simple merchandising options for libraries, and Redbubble is just one of many possibilities

I think there is a lot of potential for public libraries to load a dozen or so photographs into this.  With a dozen photographs you have have a print on demand calendar, and then with a few more minutes spent on the site have many other merchandise options, again print on demand so there is no financial outlay for the library.  You can make sure your library logo, website, and other details are on the items, just as you do for things which are printed.  These just happen to be print on demand.

I tried some of the bags, and this is how they turned out. They look better in real life than in this photograph - and I am really pleased with them.
Old photographs printed on tote bags

This is the original photograph.
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