When I was in library school in the mid 1990s, the Internet was just taking off. There was some content online, but very few graphics and zero advertisements. I spent a lot of time gawking at Young Ones scripts using the Mosaic browser. It seemed miraculous at the time, even though nothing looked as fancy […]

Fill your iPod at unbeatable prices. The amazing Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara includes 6,000 digitized wax-cylinder recordings dating back to 1895. The collection includes Tin Pan Alley music, vaudeville performances and advertisements.As the official press release says: “The primary goal of the project was to make […]

Hello and welcome to the first installation of The Practical Archivist blog. I’m launching with a funny little film created here in my home town by library students. The World’s Fastest Librarian follows Mary the Librarian as she prepares for the World’s Fastest Librarian Competition in Madison, Wisconsin. At twelve minutes, it’s a tad long […]