ibiblio: The Movie – How would you do it?

We’re to put together a 2 minute video presentation about ibiblio for our fundraisers and university leaders. We could use your help (you can give money but that’s not what we’re asking you for here).

We’re looking for suggestions, for testimonies about your experiences, for a voice over in a non-English language, links to or images of a news story, or other ideas and materials.

You can post here if you are willing to help.

We think we can do better than this:

Forbes, UNC and the oldest Web page – We have the last here

ibiblio and our director, Paul Jones, have gotten a lot of media attention for our digital preservation efforts (sometimes wrongly called hoarding). Seems we have the World’s oldest World Wide Web page, a version that Tim Berners-Lee used for his demonstration at Hypertext 91 in San Antonio, TX.

We’ve included links to many versions of the story below. Jones’ own version is on his Real Paul Jones blog.

But the most amusing recognition has come from the University of North Carolina entry at the Forbes America’s Top Colleges site. There in the Profile section, we read:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to one of the oldest preserved websites, stored on an antique computer maintained by Professor Paul Jones, gifted to him by one of the original Swedish architects of the World Wide Web. Established in 1789, UNC Chapel Hill is one of the three oldest universities in the country, the second largest university in the state, and one of the original eight Public Ivy schools. UNC Chapel Hill students, alumni and athletic teams are known collectively as the Tar Heels, and have garnered more than 40 NCAA championship titles in six different sports (women’s lacrosse won this year). The school mascot is the Ram.

While we know that Tim Berners-Lee is British and was working in Switzerland at CERN with no particular Swedish connection and we know that “gifted” should not be a verb and we know that the page has been online continuously since 1993 (at least), we’re delighted to be seen as having something that UNC and Forbes can be proud of.

Enjoy the articles and the World’s oldest World Wide Web page.


200+ Folk Songs for download/play at Roger McGuinn’s Folk Den

Roger McGuinn's Folk Den

It seems like only yesterday that we were downloading the cowboy song “Old Paint” from Roger McGuinn’s new (then) Folk Den project. But that was November 1st, 1995!

The Folk Den has just passed the 200 free songs for download/play mark with the drinking song from Olde England, circa 1594, “When Jones’ Ale Was New” on June 1, 2012.

McGuinn, founder of the Byrds and a major player on Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, personally curates the Folk Den and performs, records and distributes a new/old song each month.

Explore and enjoy American musical roots with Roger at The Folk Den.

You can subscribe to the Folk Den RSS feed and receive a new song in the RSS reader of your choice each month, here.