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Kudos to the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic Unversity for their sweet Vine, showing off the rare book The Tunnel Calamity, by Edward Gorey.
What a rad way to show off the benefit and joy of a paper book while existing on the internet! High fives all around.

Tumblr’s Year in Review did not include any libraries or archives on its year end lists. We have seen some absolutely fabulous posts and gifs this year from the library and archival community, so we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite library and archives Tumblrs.

In no particular order:

Tumblarians! Share some of your favorite library and archives tumblrs. Who knows, maybe we can get our own category next year!

Note: This post reflects my personal opinion and is not meant as criticism for Tumblr (who we love very much).

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Behold! The Acid-free Archival Tree

This holiday tree will warm the hearts of librarians and archivists everywhere.  It is constructed of spare acid-free pamphlet boxes and decorated with garlands of old catalog cards and bookplates. The topper is a spool of cotton binding tape.  For color, we added a few thank you notes received from patrons over the years.

Our student assistants think this is the nerdiest thing they’ve ever seen.

What do you think, libraryjournal?

Last week, the Internet Archive announced that 2.6 million images extracted from the Archive’s public domain eBooks have been uploaded to Flickr Commons. But not just that - they’re tagged and they include about 500 words surrounding the image. So full-text searches of images, basically. Oh, and that 2.6 million images is just the first batch. There are a total of 14 million images extracted which will ultimately be uploaded to Flickr.

What’s cool, too, is that even though not all the images are on Flickr yet, browsing can lead you to more images at the Archive itself. For instance, there’s an amazing series of books at the Archive I discovered via the Flickr account called Reminiscences about Abraham Lincoln, which are newspaper clippings and recollections cataloged by the last name of the people included. The “Wi” section (surnames beginning with “Wi”) is on Flickr, but only a handful of the images are uploaded so far. But on the main page for any of the images on Flickr (like this, for example), you can find the link to the Archive page, with the full volume.

Anyway, long story short: that’s how I found the image above, and this week I’ll be posting finds from the Internet Archive’s Flickr account, or finds that began with browsing the Flickr account!

Drummer Boy, Now 80, Regrets Lincoln Didn’t Spank Him At 14
Philadelphia Ledger, February 12, 1931