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Carnival of the Commons!

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Friday Fun!

Brooklyn Museum
mummy#1 Lady Hor 37.50E being moved, June 2009

The Brooklyn Museum engaged in live tweeting on 23 June when they took four mummies from their collection to be CT scanned at the North Shore University Hospital in Long Island. They used hashtag #mummyCT: their Tweets and with everyone!
See more photos and videos here.

Heard around the Commons:

  • The Brooklyn Museum’s 1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for July 2009: Ranjit Bhatnagar’s “Exquisite Sonnet.” 1stfans members, get yer tweet on for this one!
  • The 2nd International m-Libraries Conference in Vancouver is all a-twitter with updates: #mlib09.
  • Make it Digital – DigitalNZ’s one-stop shop for questions about creating digital content in New Zealand! This site features questions, ideas, and guides; do drop by and check it out.
  • Top museums on Twitter – Jim Richardson reports on how museums are using the popular micro-blogging website Twitter. The Brooklyn Museum is listed as #2.
  • Be sure to make a visit to The Source: news about digital libraries and library innovations from around the web, brought to you every Friday by the National Library of New Zealand. Copyfights!
  • What’s in the workshop #2 – Investigate the Powerhouse Museum’s fetish for strange things on wheels.
  • The New York Public Library is gearing up for its new website launch. Yay! The NYPL also has some new things in the works and is looking for lab rats.
  • Name that film! The George Eastman House shares sleuthing tips.
  • NARA and MoMA – See what’s happening with the students of The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, from the George Eastman House.
  • Aquamarine crystals are the Gemstone of the Month at the Field Museum’s Grainger Hall of Gems.
  • The National Librarian, Andrew Green, of the National Library of Wales, will be among those honored by the Gorsedd of Bards at this year’s National Eisteddfod.
  • Diwrnod agoriadol y Smithsonian – ahhhhh, no idea what this says, but I liked seeing the Smithsonian being discussed in Welsh. ;-)
  • Watch the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival webcasts this weekend! Welsh music, mariachis, storytelling and poetry.
  • Suited for Space: Last Words from the Curator – An engaging blog post reporting on the tribulations of a traveling space exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • SI also reports on how Google Street View was used to solve a crime.
  • A Short History of Photography from Cigar Box to Cell Phone, by Merry A. Foresta of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative
  • The Swedish National Heritage Board live blogs from its activities during Almedal week. The Board will organize a seminar on e-government and new social media July 2.
  • Portraits — and Pot-Shots — in Song: A witty exhibit from the Library of Congress chronicling US Presidential campaign songs.
  • Newstead – The State Library of Queensland, Australia, tells you all about this Brisbane suburb.
  • Also, Picture Queensland images now available through One Search.
  • The Oregon State University Archives reports that William Jasper Kerr, a biography, has been scanned and is now available on ScholarsArchive.
  • Win one of the biggest Harry Potter posters in the world in the National Media Museum’s competition.

Go Visit!

12th June to 31st August: The Art Competition for Schools 2009 exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland. See the 53 winning works of budding young talents.

24 June through 22 August: With Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibit, a traveling exhibit from the Library of Congress at the California Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Throughout July: The July Film Series is announced at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus Theater, including Key Largo, An American in Paris, and Chinatown.

2 July: Exclusive preview of Soul Power, a film by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte documenting a music festival that unites black American stars with African musicians in Kinshasa, at the National Media Museum.

Carnival of the Commons

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Barker at the grounds at the Vermont state fair, Rutland (LOC)

Jack Delano
Barker at the grounds at the Vermont state fair, Rutland, Sept. 1941
Library of Congress: LC-USF35-47

Commons blogs:

Your intrepid carnival barker (me) is traveling across the Western United States with three pets, so you’ll forgive this special post that tells you where to find your favorite Flickr Commons blogs and tweets! You know where to find them on Flickr, right?

We’ll be back next week with the usual wrap-up of cool things heard around the Commons.


  • Australian War Memorial: blog
  • National Library of New Zealand: blog / on Twitter
  • Powerhouse Museum: many blogs! / on Facebook
  • State Library of New South Wales: podcasts
  • State Library of Queensland: blog


  • Bibliothèque de Toulouse: blog / on Facebook
  • National Maritime Museum: blog
  • National Media Museum: on Twitter
  • Swedish National Heritage Board: blog

North America

Got a social media presence that’s not listed here? Let us know in the comments so that we can hook up with you!

Friday Fun!

Ahoy! Pirate sighting at the Millenium Park bus shelter!  Eve... on Twitpic

Ahoy! Pirate sighting at the Millennium Park bus shelter!
Learn more about the golden age of piracy in the Field Museum’s Real Pirates exhibition.

Carnival of the Commons: Geese, Movies and a Competition

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SHOUT IT OUT! Help keep the New York Public Library open.

Read more about the NYPL’s plight at the Daily News.

Heard around the Commons:

Friday Fun!

The History of Household Technology, from the Library of Congress

Go Visit!

Now through 30 June — 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation at the New York Public Library. The 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York, is this month. There’s also a collection of GLBT books on display at the D.C. Public Library. We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!

12-14 June – Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum. Oohhhhhhhhh, scary movies!

13 June –Garden Fest 2009: The Scenic Route, the annual all day family-friendly event presented by the Horticulture Services Division (HSD) at the Smithsonian Institution.

13 JuneAlice Waters book signing at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

15 June – Kick-Off Event: Juneteenth DC 2009 at the D.C. Public Library. Featuring performances, remarks and a reception in celebration of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. More info on Juneteenth here.

16 June – What Is a Conversation Piece? at the National Galleries of Scotland. Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, explores this fascinating type of art, which is such an important tradition within European painting.

Carnival of the Commons: We’ve got GM cars and trucks!

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Our First Oldsmobile - 1897, New York Public Library

Our First Oldsmobile - 1897, New York Public Library

The headlines are filled this week with the news of General Motors, an American icon, declaring bankruptcy. The New York Public Library takes us on a stroll down memory lane with six sets of GM photographs, chronicling the storied manufacturers history, in their G.M. and Chrysler Cars and Trucks, 1897-1938 collection on the Flickr Commons.

Heard around the Commons:

Friday Fun!

Vote at Budget Travel for the squeeeelicious Clouded Leopard cubs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! See more of the cubs on Flickr.

Go Visit!

6 June 2009 - Target 1st Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum! Free entertainment.

9 June – The 31st Annual Museum Mile Festival in New York City. Free access to all museums along the mile, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

Carnival of the Commons

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Go Visit!

30 & 31 May — Treeless Mountain is showing at the George Eastman House DrydenTheatre. “Director So Yong Kim’s second feature is a gentle and restrained semi-autobiographical account of two little girls, told from a child’s perspective.”

31 May – Last chance to apply for Rock Camp 2009 at the D.C. Public Library.

Carnival of the Commons: Tweets, Rankings & Movie Envy

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Heard on Twitter

Heard on Twitter

Heard around the Commons:

Friday Fun!

Dear beloved Library of Congress: Can haz these short videos on Flickr, plz? KTHXBAI!

Go Visit!

Now Open — Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City, at the Getty. Can’t go? You can see the exhibition on Flickr and download the PDF file of the exhibition brochure!

22 May — Ernst & Young 3-D Theater opens at the Field Museum. Dinosaurs Alive!

23 May – RIT Student Honors Show at the George Eastman House’s Drysdale Theatre. The annual Honors Show highlights some of the year’s best student work from RIT’s School of Film & Animation.

27 May – Looted Art in Europe 1938-45 and its restitution since the Second World War, a talk by Professor Richard J. Evans, a renowned historian and one of the leading experts on the Nazi period, at the National Library of Wales.

Recent Uploads to the Commons

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Video-mania! The State Library and Archives of Florida posts a number of fascinating film clips. The ‘72 Republican and Democratic Conventions, news reels, and mermaids. Wow!
Filming Florida
The Smithsonian Institution celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a series of portraits. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
The New York Public Library brings us three new sets of photographs on New York City! Their Broadway Street Views set is

like a a 19th century version of Google’s Street View.

Broadway Street Views (1899)
They also have fashionable images of 5th Avenue,

from Washington Square up to Central Park, passing other pedestrians, carriages, cops, and storefronts long since gone.

Fifth Avenue, New York (1911)
Also, they have photos of the construction of the Woolworth Building, the tallest building in the world back in 1913. Do not miss seeing these images!
Construction of the Woolworth Building in New York City
We are all just gaga over the Algiers postcards from the newest member of the Commons, the Getty Research Institute. Getty has maps, too!
Postcards of Algiers, a Virtual Tour
Frolic with farmers and sheep in a delightful set of images from the National Library of Wales.
Ffarmio / Farming
The State Library of New South Wales impresses us with more delightful Sam Hood photographs, everything from elephants at a tea party to art deco and fabulous dancers.
Sam Hood
Visit Cahuzac-sur-Vère, France, courtesy of the Bibliothèque de Toulouse.
See images of Olivença, a border town between Portugal and Spain, from the Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
See more great views of Sweden from the Swedish National Heritage Board’s collection.
Carl Curman – Sweden
Fifty more images from the Library of Congress’s Bains New Service collection are uploaded: beaches, baseball, biplanes, and noted persons.
News in the 1910s

Carnival of the Commons – 1984, lightcycles and more

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1984 stage play featuring John Hurt -- rehearsal
1984 stage play featuring John Hurt — rehearsal
Photograph by Jim Moran

See photos from the rehearsal of the Orwell play 1984, featuring an exclusive video performance by John Hurt in the role of Big Brother, at the National Media Museum’s Flickr stream. The play opens on June 3.

Heard around the Commons:

  • Radnorshire on Flickr — Can you help? The first British library to join the Flickr Commons is The National Library of Wales!
  • The Field Museum is a nominee for the best museum for kids in Chicago!
  • Clouded leopards cubs at the National Zoo (Smithsonian) — They are now eating cooked chicken three times a day, in addition to their formula.
  • Learn about the Smithsonian’s first staff photographer, Thomas Smillie, and vernacular photography.
  • The applications developers at the New York Public Library provide batch reindexing for Drupal + Solr. Also, an update to Infomaki is released. That’s not all … DigitalNZ and Brooklyn Museum API modules for python are also released.
  • The Bibliothèque de Toulouse announces …

    After lengthy deliberations under the watchful and amused condescension by Jane Austen, this is the name of the winner of the Jane Austen quiz …

    Learn who at their blog.

  • The Brooklyn Museum films Valerie Hegarty discussing her work in 21 and Fallen Bierstadt.
  • Go behind the scenes at the Brooklyn Museum’s staff show.
  • And they relate museums to the NBA.
  • The finalists in the Library of Congress’s River of Words competition speak out.
  • Library signs are metadata: an article from Aaron at the D.C. Public Library.
  • Collecting/Recording the 2009 Queensland State Election, by the State Library of Queensland, Australia.
  • Oregon State University celebrates their National Historic District status!
  • The George Eastman House honors Flickr re-mixer pennylrichardsca, for her incredible purses!
  • Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The Field Museum talks pirate with the Chicago Sun-Times. Aye, matey.
  • Read all about the Smithsonian’s Chandra X-Ray Lab’s one time shuttle trip.
  • Seeing the Invisible with Megan Watzke, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Friday Fun!

Lightcycles at the Brooklyn Museum

Go Visit!

May 18–24: The Bibliothèque de Toulouse announces Alors Chante …! de Montauban, a traditional music festival. The opening concert is free at the Park Montauriol.

May 22: Night at the Museum opens at the Smithsonian’s IMAX theatre … starring the Smithsonian!

June 1: Sun K. Kwak talks to teen artists at the Brooklyn Museum.

June 2: Are We Alone? Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Lecture at the Library of Congress, with Daniel P. Glavin, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Carnival of the Commons

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Brooklyn Museum

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Carnival of the Commons: MUSE awards and more

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Commons institutions won awards at the Media and Technology 20th Annual MUSE Awards, held on April 30 at the Loews Philadelphia!

Gold: George Eastman House for General Collection Podcasts.

Silver: National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) for Presidents in Waiting.

Interactive Kiosks
Bronze: Library of Congress for New Visitor Experience.

Multimedia Installations
Hon. Mention: National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) for Digital Wayfinding.

Hon. Mention: Royal Observatory, Greenwich (National Maritime Museum), for Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

Also Heard around the Commons:

A Call to Action:

Enter The Smithsonian Institution’s YouTube Video Contest. Tell them how to position the Smithsonian for the New Media Generation.

Go Visit!

Just opened – I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009 Inauguration, at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. See some of them online at CNN.

April 30 through May 4 - drop by the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Services booth at the American Association of Museums annual meeting in Philadelphia.

May 2 - Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum; enjoy free programs of art and entertainment from 5–11 p.m.

May 7 - Star Trek IMAX, the new film by J.J. Abrams (Lost), screens at midnight at the National Media Museum! Beam me up, Scotty, with a racy, young James T. Kirk, too.

May 7 - Poet Laureate Kay Ryan reads at the Library of Congress in the Coolidge Auditorium.

Throughout May – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Library of Congress.