Legos. JavaScript. Photos. And request logs. Smart teams. What a range.

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Issues to Readers

Wonderful head shots of hand models

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

TheaterJS


It’s been almost two years since Somerville Public Library helped us launch the Awesome Box to public libraries and beyond.

There are now 364 Awesome libraries around the world.

Over 41,000 items have been dropped in an Awesome Box in those libraries.

See the items just Awesomed on the Awesome Box page.

Now that the year-end lists have come and gone, we’d like to present the top 110 Awesome items* from the past two years.

 

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 131
  2. The fault in our stars 110
  3. Divergent 71
  4. Wonder 64
  5. The Hunger Games 59
  6. Gone girl 55
  7. The invention of wings 50
  8. Naruto 50
  9. Unbroken 49
  10. The book thief 45
  11. Orphan train 45
  12. Eleanor & Park 44
  13. Bone 42
  14. The heroes of Olympus 41
  15. Smile 40
  16. The goldfinch 38
  17. Allegiant 38
  18. Star wars 35
  19. All the light we cannot see 33
  20. The maze runner 33
  21. The giver 32
  22. Ready player one 32
  23. Insurgent 32
  24. Big Nate 32
  25. Where’d you go, Bernadette 30
  26. Life after life 30
  27. Fangirl 30
  28. Maximum Ride 29
  29. Dork diaries 29
  30. The boys in the boat 28
  31. Doctor Who 28
  32. Me before you 28
  33. The signature of all things 28
  34. Babymouse 28
  35. The light between oceans 27
  36. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore 27
  37. The storied life of A.J. Fikry 27
  38. Sisters 27
  39. And the mountains echoed 27
  40. Squish 27
  41. Cinder 27
  42. The night circus 27
  43. The Lego movie 27
  44. The help 26
  45. Wild 26
  46. The walking dead 26
  47. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone 26
  48. Junie B. Jones loves handsome Warren 26
  49. Drama 25
  50. Percy Jackson & the Olympians 24
  51. Ender’s game 24
  52. The ocean at the end of the lane 24
  53. Animal Ark Labrador on the Lawn 24
  54. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 24
  55. The Rosie project 24
  56. Sycamore row 24
  57. Frozen 24
  58. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 23
  59. I am Malala 23
  60. Amulet 23
  61. Geronimo Stilton 23
  62. Big little lies 23
  63. Every day 22
  64. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets 22
  65. The husband’s secret 22
  66. Legend 22
  67. The lightning thief 22
  68. Maze runner trilogy 22
  69. Heroes of Olympus 22
  70. Leaving time 22
  71. The invention of Hugo Cabret 21
  72. Out of my mind 21
  73. The sea of monsters 21
  74. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library 21
  75. The perks of being a wallflower 21
  76. Hyperbole and a half 21
  77. Fruits basket 21
  78. Delicious 21
  79. Wonderstruck 20
  80. Black butler 20
  81. Pete the cat 20
  82. Downton Abbey 20
  83. The one and only Ivan 20
  84. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban 20
  85. The Selection 20
  86. The monuments men 20
  87. Mr. Mercedes 20
  88. Mean streak 20
  89. Room 19
  90. Batman 19
  91. The golem and the jinni 19
  92. The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry 19
  93. Harry Potter and the goblet of fire 19
  94. Matched 19
  95. Game of thrones 19
  96. Paper towns 19
  97. Written in my own heart’s blood 19
  98. The silkworm 19
  99. The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks 18
  100. Graceling 18
  101. One summer 18
  102. The great Gatsby 18
  103. The Cuckoo’s Calling 18
  104. The lowland 18
  105. Steelheart 18
  106. The strange case of Origami Yoda 18
  107. Philomena 18
  108. We were liars 18
  109. Edge of eternity 18
  110. The blood of Olympus 18

*Some series items are clumped together. I kind of like it that way.


Stay warm inside with these links.

Beachbot – YouTube

Library Commons Fly Thru

How to built an e-book library you can touch

Roller Coaster House – Unique Homes for Sale – Popular Mechanics


Whoa! A batch of links in one day.

STUDIO for Creative Inquiry » Balance from Within

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Librarian

Cartoon: Dewey

Lincoln Book Tower | Ford’s Theatre

Watch This 3D-Printed Object Fold and Launch Paper Airplanes | Mental Floss


Libraries. Physical affordances. Criticism. This world is wide and deep.

How to Criticize with Kindness

Francis Bear at the Library

The Perils of an All-Digital Movie Future — Vulture

A Real-World Button for Controlling Your Favorite Apps | WIRED

Before Google … Who Knew?


Beach balls, stickers, books, moveable cities, and figuring out what you want. This is a good batch of links.

Eyeo 2014 – Santiago Ortiz

The City That Is Moving Down the Road

Best Books of 2014 : NPR

Spinning Beach Ball of Death


Avoid mean people. That’s the link in this batch that had the biggest impact on me.

How Medium Is Trying to Bring Back the Web We Lost

Mean People Fail

On HTML5 and the Group That Rules the Web

Handsome Frank’s lovely film explores the work of Jean Jullien

Style Guides


Yipes cripes we’ve got our winter coats on today. Sit down with a hot beverage and enjoy these internet finds.

The FES Watch Is an E-Ink Chameleon – Design Milk

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books | Colossal

A Brief History of Failure

Lost At The Museum? This Ingenious 3-D Map Makes Navigation A Cinch


 

The Harvard Library Innovation Lab and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society are looking for a web designer to help us build tools to explore the open Internet and define the future of libraries.

Our projects range in scope from fast-moving prototypes to long-term innovations. The best way to get a feel for what we do is by looking at some of our current efforts.

 

perma-in-frame
Perma.cc, a web archiving service that is powered by libraries

 

h-i-f
H2O, a platform for creating, sharing and adapting open course materials

 

a-i-f
Amber, a server side plugin to keep links working on blogs and websites

 

What you’ll do

  • - Work with our multi-disciplinary team to build elegant web tools
  • - Contribute to our broad vision for the Internet, libraries, and society
  • - Rely on your good design sense and user-centricity
  • - Create beautiful graphics and use modern web technologies to share them
  • - Have fun while producing meaningful work with fantastic folks

This is a term limited position running through Spring and Summer semesters (January-August 2015).

Find details and apply for the position by searching for 34346BR in the Harvard Recruitment Management System. If you have questions, email us directly at lil@law.harvard.edu.

 


Scholars, museums, and hustlers.

Jazzsoon

The Met and Other Museums Adapt to the Digital Age – NYTimes.com

Apple Picking Season Is Here. Don’t You Want More Than a McIntosh? – NYTimes.com

The Gentleman Who Made Scholar

Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s History