Wednesday August 17, 2011

Biblion – the boundless library

A new iPad app from the NY Public Library developed to explore their collections, holdings and exhibitions through this new media.

With Biblion you can experience the ‘The World of Tomorrow’ by exploring the 1939-40 World’s Fair collection through images, documents, films, audio and essays.

This was created directly from the NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives Division and covers a range of topics from technological innovation, music and pop culture, to the issues of economic hardships and the crises developing from a world at war.

I was recommended this app through a magazine article on emerging technologies.

  • Introduction: Explains how to use Biblion
  • A Moment in Time (On the brink of War)
  • Beacon Of Idealism (Building Democracy)
  • Fashion, Food and Famous Faces (Pop Culture At The Fair)
  • From The Stacks (The Fair Comes To NYPL)
  • You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Fun At The Fair)
  • Enter The World Of Tomorrow (To Futurama…and Beyond)

I found Biblion easy to navigate and full of fascinating stories, photos and original documents.

I particularly enjoyed the ‘Fashion, Food and Famous Faces’ Mad Science section with pictures of epic competitions of hand washing vs the modern dishwasher, robots of the future and first looks at plastic from the Bakelite Corporation which was described as a material of a thousand uses!

Take a leap into history and discover what riches can be found within!

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