In the Month of January – Reviewing the ibiblio year

“It was in the month of January, the hills were clad in snow” sings Roger McGuinn at the Folkden.

And for much of the US that’s true at the moment. As we enter a new year at ibiblio, we want to note a few accomplishments and changes.

John Reuning who oversaw the move of the ibiblio infrastructure to UNC computing services and on to virtual machines as well as developing TeraSaur for improved BitTorrent services moved on to Rally Software as their new technical lead in May.

Cristóbal Palmer joined ibiblio in mid-summer as our own new technical lead.

We moved to answering more of our contributor and user requests in the open using AnswerHub software donated to us by DZone at

Several of our friends and contributors were in town this past year: Cory Doctorow talked about his new book Homeland in February, Roger McGuinn played at the ArtsCenter in May, Lawrence Lessig spoke here in March, Bebo White spoke about the importance of Web Science in October. Just to mention a few.

We got some massive international media coverage for having the First Web Page including being recognized in the University of North Carolina Profile entry at the Forbes America’s Top Colleges site (first sentence!).

We did some talks on #noemail (several by Paul see my blog), 20 Years of ibiblio in 5 minutes (Paul), The Work of Art, Technology, and Love in the Age of Digital Reproduction (Paul at Ackland Art Museum), The Challenge of Archiving Dynamic Websites at ibiblio (Cristóbal), and Why Coding is Fun and Matters to Democracy (Ashlee Edwards at 1st Amendment Day)

And we created a 2 minute animation in which space travelers talk about how ibiblio has been useful to them.

ibiblio is the Future from UNC SILS on Vimeo.

New Year. Bright Future. ibiblio. Keeping contributing. Keep sharing. Love to all.