Tuesday, July 5, 2016

via Smithsonian Libraries : Inspiring discovery at the 2016 BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival in Washington, D.C.

Inspiring Discovery at the 2016 BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival in Washington, D.C.: The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and Smithsonian Libraries staff participated in BioBlitz 2016 in Washington, D.C. on 20-21 May. A BioBlitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. In this special edition of the BioBlitz, held in conjunction with the National Park more »

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Please click on the link above, and go and have a look at this great example of a pop up reference and information service.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

lovely use of Storify by @AshmoleanMuseum

I have been following the Ashmolean Museum on Storify for a while, as they tell wonderful stories on it. This one is sharing how visitors have been talking about an exhibition. I like the mix of corporate accounts and personal accounts.

I know Storify is not a preservation tool, but it is a way of bringing together how people are talking about events, and locations, so a possible use for local studies collecting.

A few thoughts on Cornersmith...

Cornersmith: Recipes from the cafe and pickleryCornersmith: Recipes from the cafe and picklery by Alex Elliott-Howery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a recipe book from a local cafe and picklery. It is about using local food, and preserving bounty. There are stories of how the cafe and picklery came into being, with lots of local references as well as many recipes. This is another in the series of local studies recipe books which I have been reading. I have been to a couple of classes by Cornersmith and it has encouraged my sauerkraut making. I grew up making things to preserve the bounty of gardens or gifts of neighbours as it was, and is a family thing to do. One thing which comes through the book, as well, is that often taking a social approach to preserving bounty shares the work, as well as making it a collaboration.

This is an enjoyable book to read and I will be exploring making some of the recipes (when I can borrow it again from the library).



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Thursday, June 30, 2016

local studies recording of the recent rain and floods in Tasmania

The recent rain in Tasmania was Storified by ABC news. This is a way of collecting some local images of rain and floods. It is the first step to adding these images to a local studies collection, and possibly tracking people down to interview for an oral history collection as well.