I’ll be watching the Scottish independence referendum very closely today. In the meantime, check out this gorgeous map available on Europeana, via the University of Edinburgh, and thousands of other pieces of Scottish history.

(via Scotiae tabula | Ortelius, Abraham)


Fancy making your own writing ink? Just grab eight ounces of goose grease and some other witches’ brew items. Dazzle your friends and Pinterest followers with this recipe from the Harriet Endicott Waite research material on Currier and Ives, a 19th century printmaking firm. 


Newspaper is highly acidic, and over time can leave an “acid burn” if left in a book! This book is from 1916, so this scrap of newspaper has really left its mark over that long period of time! [Stein Z1008 B61]


When we teach student employees and workshop participants how to make four-flap phase boxes, there is a specific order in which we lay out, mark up, score, and cut out the box that has proven over time to be efficient and to reduce errors. This animated gif shows how to do it!



So photographer David Slater wants Wikipedia to remove a monkey selfie that was taken with his camera. As you can see from this screen shot, Wikipedia says no: the monkey pressed the shutter so it owns the copyright.

We got NPR’s in-house legal counsel, Ashley Messenger, to weigh in. She said:

Traditional interpretation of copyright law is that the person who captured the image owns the copyright. That would be the monkey. The photographer’s best argument is that the monkey took the photo at his direction and therefore it’s work for hire. But that’s not a great argument because it’s not clear the monkey had the intent to work at the direction of the photographer nor is it clear there was “consideration” (value) exchanged for the work. So… It’s definitely an interesting question! Or the photographer could argue that leaving the camera to see what would happen is his work an therefore the monkey’s capture of the image was really the photographer’s art, but that would be a novel approach, to my knowledge.

Said it before & will say it again: copyright law might be the actual most interesting thing that also makes me want to punch myself in the face.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the “work-for-hire” argument would only apply if there was a contract in writing, which of course would be silly because monkeys are not literate. I think it’s pretty crazy that this photographer wants to claim a macaca selfie instead of marvel at the animal’s use of technology and to allow that contribution to be part of the public domain.

Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

(Source: scienceofsarcasm)


A map of Scandinavia made by an Italian, 1565. 

What a stunning map! According to this auction catalog, while the map was created in Italy, it is attributed Swedish writer and ecclesiastic Olaus Magnus (1490-1557).

3 free infographic makers



(graphic from Piktochart)

Who doesn’t love a good infographic? They’re a great visual tool for teaching. But who has time to make them from scratch? Certainly not us overworked librarians/teachers. So here are 3 free infographic makers that let you design your own infographic from a blank…