Tuesday April 27, 2010

Digital volunteers do amazing things

Rose Holley was a big hit at Mosman Library last week and we’re pleased to make available a video of the presentation. If you’re interested in libraries, local histories, web 2.0, crowdsourcing or innovation, it’s all here! Listen out for stories of million dollar cheques and visits from Google.

The talk energised locals in the crowd, some of whom are now looking at open web communities as an avenue for sharing their local history knowledge and research. One participant said “Amazing night! I feel like I’ve been on a trip to the 23rd century, my head is spinning.”

All links mentioned by Rose are listed below.

Sites that need your help

1. National Library of Australia Sites

2. Other Library sites

3. Archive sites

4. Non-profit making organisations

5. New sites to watch out for developments

  • Founders and Survivors – new project April 2010 (give your information on convicts)
  • ABC Open new project to start April 2010 (contribute to regional news stories)

6. Interesting book to read

7. Youtube videos

Honour Roll of Mosman Residents who Enlisted in World War II

On ANZAC Day, Mosman Library launched an online version of the Mosman WWII Honour Roll. Opportunities exist for digital volunteers to help transcribe paper records to the site and link those listed with records held in national archives.

Next month

Our next talk – Inspiration, content and connection with others – a non-technical guide to getting the most from your blog – will be presented by Steven Lewis, Sydney-based writer, journalist and podcaster, on Thursday 20 May.

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