Go Green with ibiblio

Interested in ecology, agriculture, or sustainability? ibiblio hosts many great resources that provide information about interacting with and caring for the environment. From beekeeping to identifying flora and fauna, this list of sites is worth exploring!

If you’re interested in even more environmental resources, be sure to check out ibiblio’s agriculture, botany, and ecology tags as well!

Plant Information Center

In partnership with the UNC Herbarium, the Plant Information Center brings research materials and resources to students and interested community members. Their helpful botanical dictionary can help you find any scientific term you might need to describe a plant. In the virtual herbarium tab, you will find a glossary of the many different types of trees found in North Carolina as well as a gallery displaying images of Southeastern plants. Additionally, the site features educational resources for K-12 students with creative activities that encourage interest in botanical research!


If you’re interested in starting your own home garden, this site is just what you need. With helpful categories like composting and plant nutrition, rec.gardens.ecosystems provides digestible information through an organic lens. This resource takes a sustainable approach to gardening, emphasizing natural practices instead of toxic substances and chemical fertilizers.

Project Gutenberg Science Bookshelves

For longer resources, Project Gutenberg has a well-rounded science collection with shelves like Ecology, Zoology, and Botany.


ibiblio Alumni

Although these sites are no longer hosted by ibiblio, they are great environmental resources!

North American Fruit Explorers

North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) strives to encourage the study and appreciation of fruit and fruit culture. NAFEX’s members hold an annual meeting to discuss botany and educate members about gardening and seed cultivation. The association also publishes a journal, called Pomona, which ranges in content from fruiticulture studies to gardening tips. Their website features many local resources for plant nurseries across the United States.

Orange County Beekeepers Association

The Orange County Beekeepers Association is a local chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association whose goal is to raise awareness about beekeeping and proper practices through education, training and support. The OCBA website features guides on what plants are in bloom, where to find local honey products, and how to attend local educational and social events.


How to listen to .ram files.

Some of the audio/video files that we host here at ibiblio are in .ram format (check out these great hollerin’ files). If you just click on that today, it probably won’t work, but with a few steps you can download and listen.

.Ram is a Real Audio Metadata file, it contains no audio itself, but is a text file that points to the URL where the audio/video is located, likely a .rm file. The .rm file is the actual audio/video. The Real Audio player came out in 1995 and was a way to play audio and video files from the internet while they were still downloading. Some may not recall this, but downloading files over dial-up took an incredibly long time. 

You can play these files on your computer but need to take a few extra steps:

  1. Download the .ram and open it with a text editor to see the URL that it points to. Using the hollerin example, we open the hearsome.ram file and see that the URL is pnm://audio.metalab.unc.edu/hollerin/noise/hearsome.rm.
  2. Convert that URL by taking everything after the .edu and putting it onto https://ibiblio.org like this – https://www.ibiblio.org/hollerin/noise/hearsome.rm (this step only applies to ibiblio files).
  3. Open that URL to download the .rm file (.rm is the actual Real Media file).
  4. Download this VLC player https://get.videolan.org/vlc/3.0.14/win64/vlc-3.0.14-win64.exe
  5. Open the .rm file with the VLC player.
  6. Enjoy

Another example of .ram in ibiblio is this inspiring 1998 UNC Commencement speech from Marian Wright Edelman.

Record Archives

I recently discovered this Little Wonder Records Archive , an archive of 5 ½ ” about 90 second long records created between 1914 and 1923 to showcase the popular music of the time in a format that more people could afford. 

ibiblio hosts a few recording archives as well. 

Pandora Records Archive

The Pandora Records archive contains classical music from Pandora Records, organized by instrument. Recordings can be found under the mp3 and vorbis links. Pandora Records was extant for about 10 years, starting in 1973.

The files are not labeled with the artist – but this list may shed some light on who plays what. Here’s Rachmaninov on 2 pianos likely from Neal and Nancy O’Doan. 

Goldband Recording Archive

At one time we hosted the Goldband Recording Archive for the Southern Folklife Collection – now hosted at their own site hereGoldband Records was based in Lake Charles, Louisiana and was active in the 1930’s and 40’s. This archive is real treasure trove of photos and recordings from the era in country and western, cajun, and swamp pop music.

Some notable examples of what you can find there

Dolly Parton recorded her first original song “Puppy Love” at Goldband.

Cajun accordion of Moise Robin – Here’s a great interview with him from 1980.

Recordings of Phil Philips (Swamp Pop legend who wrote Sea of Love) singing Stormy Weather and Take This Heart. https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/sfc/id/40937/rec/1

Zydeco legend Boozoo Chavis https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/sfc/id/40300/rec/1

This recording is labeled with the names  Antoine “Fats” Domino, his mentor Dave Bartholomew, Travis, and Katie Webster has some great early Rock and Roll and Swamp Pop hits:

Katie Webster’s Don’t Drive Me Deeper
Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill
Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew’s Ain’t That a Shame
Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew’s Valley of Tears
Dave Bartholomew’s Blue Monday