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About this ibiblio place

Recently I was asked to explain what ibiblio may be. Not once but three different ways. I did two at once. I’ve already posted the 2 minute animation involving space travelers earlier.

At‘s RTP180: Open Source All Things, I had 5 minutes to talk and show slides. So I talked. And I showed slides. But they weren’t completely related — sort of like the eclectic collections here on ibiblio.

Jen Wike reports at in an article “Bringing open source to the masses, one small, local conference at a time” that:

Professor Jones presented examples of public and operating projects onĀ ibiblio and asked people to contribute in order to:
remove obstacles for cooperation
increase social involvement locally, nationally, global
preserve thousands of database-driven projects

Slides of 60 currently accessible ibiblio projects, representing less than 1% of what’s here:

Video of me talking as the slides were shown:


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Swannanoa Tunnel(s) on ibiblio

Roger McGuinn began placing a new folk song on the internet for free download on November 1, 1995 at his Folkden site. That first song was a cowboy song, “Old Paint.” Now 18 years and over 200 songs later Roger shares his version of “Swannanoa Tunnel,” a song I first heard performed not far from Swannanoa by Lamar Bascom Lunsford in the 1960s.

Another ibiblio-hosted site, Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index cites 17 other versions of the song and some alternative tunes and lyrics and names.

You can enjoy this musical bit of North Carolina history as performed by Roger here:
Swannanoa Tunnel
Image source and more about the Tunnel at Black Mountain Heritage Mural Project

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The Bomb and ibiblio

With bombs like these, who needs enemies

In 1961, hydrogen bombs was dropped in eastern North Carolina. By all accounts, it’s still there in the middle of a field near Faro, NC. Cliff Nelson, Nick Harrison, Andrew Leung and Megan Butler created a web-based report on the bomb for JOMC 188, Cybercasting and Cyberpublishing in Fall 2000. Like much of the material here at the Public’s Library and Archive, it’s here and as live, as perhaps the bombs themselves.

The bombs have gotten some new attention in a Guardian exclusive report (here).

You can read the ibiblio-hosted report, “Broken Arrow: The Truth [as it was known in 2000] Behind North Carolina’s Brush with Nuclear Disaster” and see what’s been found since 2000.

small bomb

Note: corrected contact information for Cliff Nelson now in article and here.

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