Link roundup December 8, 2013

The Top 5 Reasons We’re Taking A Break From Lists
NPR best books of 2013, NOT a list. – Annie

A Backyard Library
If you don’t have enough room for all your books – Annie

Draw a Stickman
Seriously super cool interactive story – Annie

Smithsonian X 3D
autodesk – jeff

The Incredible Story Of Marion Stokes, Who Single-Handedly Taped 35 Years Of TV News
Marion Stokes built an archive of tv news, in her home, one tape at a time. The Internet Archive plans to share them. – Matt Phillips

Disruptions: A Digital Underworld Cloaked in Anonymity
You never know who you’ll bump into at your local library. – Matt Phillips

library card resin iphone 5 case
I don’t like phone cases, but if were going to buy one, this’d be it. – Matt Phillips

Link roundup November 19, 2013

MIT’s Amazing 3D Gizmo
Reach out and touch someone. For real. – Annie

Are Digital Libraries A ‘Winner-Takes-All’ Market? OverDrive Hopes So – Forbes
Overdrive! – David Weinberger

videoconverter.js – Convert Videos In Your Web Browser
amazing video processing in browser – jeff

GitHub’s Explore Email – interesting repos on GitHub
Daily, weekly, or Monthly email highlighting interesting repos on GitHub. – Matt Phillips

Race car game. No computer required.
The participant can drive the tiny car. Behind the screen the mechanics of installation are revealed. – Matt Phillips

BBC News – Bletchley Park WWII archive to go online
Millions of documents stored at the World War II code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, are set to be digitised – Matt Phillips

The Daily Tar Heel :: NC libraries put content online
Content from 100 institutions goes online – David Weinberger

Awesome Box at Watertown

The Watertown Free Public Library has fully embraced the Awesome Box. They have not one but two Awesome Boxes — one at the main circulation desk and one at the circulation desk in the children’s room.


The Awesome Box in the children’s room has a button that when pressed says “Awesome.”


In addition to the boxes, they’ve installed a display that oozes awesome. With the display, the boxes, and the button, it’s a full awesome experience.


Pop by the WFPL in person and checkout the things they’ve Awesomed on the Web.

Link roundup November 4, 2013

In newest porn debate, Orland Park library pleads the First –
“Please face your monitors toward the wall. Thank you.” – David Weinberger

Budgets Challenge Libraries, a ‘Point of Integration’ for Immigrants
It’s a point of integration into American culture. It’s a support. – Matt Phillips

National digital library gains traction | Harvard Gazette
Now with 100% more StackLife! – David Weinberger

Futuristic Architecture: Learning Center by Zaha Hadid – Design Milk
Futuristic new library in Vienna – Annie

Can E-Books Save The Neighborhood Bookstore? via
reddit discussion – David Weinberger

Check it out: Little free libraries are sprouting up all around town –
Note: Check it out: Little free libraries are sprouting up all around town – – David Weinberger

A Camera Drama
A collection of unique camera apparatuses and the footage they produce – Annie

IBM Watson’s New Gig: Cancer Fighter
IBM Watson goes from Jeopardy to mining unstructured medical data – Annie

Coyle’s InFormation: Instant WayBack URL
Realtime WayBack archiving at the Internet Archive – Matt Phillips

Link roundup October 22, 2013

Help Bring New York City’s Past Back to Life From Your Phone
play around with digitized fire insurance maps of New York City from the 1850s and 1860s and improve the accuracy of the digital versions in the process – Matt Phillips

Self-publishing and Libraries — Annoyed Librarian
– David Weinberger

The first bookless library: BiblioTech offers only e-books | Fox 59 News –
– David Weinberger

Librarian Shaming lets library workers share their shameful secrets –
– David Weinberger

Knowledge Unlatched looking for 200 libraries in order to make 28 books Open Access
– David Weinberger

What’s New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association – Forbes
– David Weinberger

Harvard University Library | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson
– David Weinberger

Link roundup September 30, 2013

Jaron Lanier at the NYPL Live
Jaron Lanier takes the stage for a conversation about the future of libraries and information. – Matt Phillips

Penguin makes its ebooks available to libraries through Overdrive once again — paidContent
– David Weinberger

Evidence that putting collections online increases visitation (Amanda French)
– David Weinberger

Metro libraries writing a novel chapter in e-book lending | Star Tribune
– David Weinberger

Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Read Books : books
– David Weinberger

Library News | New Links
– David Weinberger

M&D 2013 Sabotage on Vimeo
Beastie Boys + Librarians = – Annie





Websites change, go away, and are taken down. In general, we understand that the Web is ephemeral and we’re okay with encountering the occasional 404. We can tell ourselves, “Hey, don’t worry about it. There are at least 542 million other cat pictures out there. I’ll find another one.” Sometimes though, you are linking to something important and it’s a huge bummer to lose the content at the other end of the link. Like when you’re reading a Supreme Court opinion and every other link you click on is dead.

The problem of missing linked content, or reference rot, is solvable though and we’ve taken a stab at it. Our solution is

At, any author (you!) can input a URL for archiving. When you submit the URL to, will, in realtime, download the content at that URL and pass back to you a new URL (a “ link”). You can then insert the new link into your scholarly paper, blog entry, or Supreme Court opinion. For example, if you’re referencing the Dole Kemp ’96 campaign site, you’ll give,, and will return to you for insertion into your publication. is a big effort and we knew we’d be in over our heads if we tried to go it alone. So, we found some friends — 30 or so amazing partners that are helping us build the product and host the archived sites.

Libraries are ideal partners for They are uniquely situated to battle reference rot — they’re trusted sources, they’re good at archiving, and they think on a long timescale.

This effort has been getting some coverage lately. Get started with the New York Times piece and give Jonathan Zittrain’s Marketplace Tech interview a listen.

As with all of the Lab’s work, our code is open and we’d love to have your help. So, mosey on over to GitHub, fork the repo, fix and enhance, and send us pull requests. Thank you.

Link roundup September 13, 2013

Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries : NPR
NPR series on public libraries – Annie

Public Library Transformed Into A Gorgeous Modern Home
– Annie

Log Book With Computer Bug
The National Museum of American History has the creature in the archives. – Matt Phillips

Margaret Atwood on books: “Push comes to shove, they’re great insulating material” via
– David Weinberger News Article: Libraries Remain Centerpieces of Morale, Welfare Programs
– David Weinberger

Cory Doctorow: Libraries and E-books
– David Weinberger

I spent the past few months building an alternative to Goodreads. Less noise, no spam, better ratings and recs. : books
– David Weinberger

Link roundup September 3, 2013

Lending of e-books not always easy for suburban libraries –
– David Weinberger

Library News | New Links
– David Weinberger

Libraries vary in availability of materials to minors –
– David Weinberger

Brazilian tackles library deficit with “Cloud of Books” | GlobalPost
– David Weinberger

Library visitors increase by 9 percent | |
– David Weinberger

Identicons! · GitHub
Unique-ish Gravatar for those without Gravatars – Annie

University libraries look to reduce licensing costs | Inside Higher Ed
– David Weinberger

Library Machines & SXSW: Gettin’ out the Vote!



This March, Sidsel Bech-Petersen a Library Transformer at Aarhus Public Libraries and I have proposed a session at South By Southwest Interactive.  It’s called Library Machines, and essentially, it’s a discussion/workshop to explore new ideas and directions for libraries.  It will be the spiritual sibling of last year’s Libraries: the Ultimate Playground.

During the Library Machines session, we’ll all go through a quick, “mad libs” style design exercise, and use that as a jumping off point for a larger discussion through the rest of the session.

1) If you’re going to be at SXSW, join us! this will be a discussion and making session, not a presentation

2) If all goes according to plan, outside this session we should be facilitating a bunch of library “innovation”-y fun stuff so reach out if you’re interested in helping!  (jgoldenson AT

Give it a thumbs up, a tweet and if inspired, make an Library Machine in the comments!