“UNESCO and 32 partner institutions will launch the World Digital Library, a web site that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world, at UNESCO Headquarters on 21 April. The site will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs. It will provide unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material.”–From UNESCO post. And the United States Library of Congress is one of the partners.
“An Era of Progress and Promise is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of education, the development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Negro Business League, religion in the United States, or African-American society in post-Emancipation America.”–From the web site. You can read the book online here in this database, as well as find profiles of signifigant institutions like churches and schools, and find biographical information on some influential African-Americans from this period of American history.
I often have students looking for clip art for their PowerPoint presentations or reports, and since the Clip Organizer in Word doesn’t always behave as it should, I often end up directing them to a Google image search. The problem with that? Often those images are copyrighted. So, here are two sites that offer thousands of free clip art images in the public domain:
WP Clip Art – www.wpclipart.com
Open Clip Art Library – http://openclipart.org/media/view/media/home
From the site: “Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.” I highly recommend doing a search for ‘Memphis’. Good stuff.
SurLaLune Fairy Tales is a great resource with over 1,200 fairy tales and 1,500 illustrations. The major fairy tales are annotated, with histories, interpretations and links to similar tales across cultures. Click on “How to Search the SurLaLane Website” for links to timelines, quotations and much more.
Soungle is an easy way to search for free sound effects. Just be aware that you might want to play with your keywords–A search for ‘airplane’ only has 1 result, whereas a search for ‘plane’ has 10 and ‘jet’ has another 10. All audio clips are easily downloadable.
Being a native Memphian, I know how just hot it can get here. All my life, I have heard of the “dog days of summer.” But to be honest, I had no idea what the phrase actually meant. This link answered my question, and, perhaps, it will answer it for others, as well.
For those interested in the New Deal programs of the 1930s, the Library of Congress has created this guide to selected library resources on the topic. Links are available to a number of digitized materials, including photographs, posters, sheet music, and much more. Users can browse the collection by LOC division, New Deal program name, or WPA program name.
Thanks to Caroline Barnett, Cordova Branch Manager, for passing this along:
“Every two years, WMF announces the World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites to call international attention to cultural heritage sites around the world threatened by neglect, vandalism, armed conflict, climate change, or natural disaster.”–From the Website. Photographs and information about each monument are included.
Although still in beta testing, Lookybook shows a great deal of promise. This site is a place to view picture books, cover to cover. It’s a great way for parents, librarians and others to review items to make informed choices. With a free registration, users can rate, review and comment on individual books and receive frequent email updates when new items are added. Users can also create their own “bookshelves” to organize and share their favorites.
Thanks to Mary Seratt for her added evaluation of the site!
“Free and open on-line access to hundreds of thousands of digital images” from the New York Public Library.