The Primary Source Librarian

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World Digital Library – Short Version

After two months of neglecting this blog, the Primary Source Librarian cannot come up with any more excuses! Granted, I did travel in northern Spain for nearly a month, but I’ve already been back for several weeks. I have caught up on email and online banking, changed out my cable modem, set up a new wireless router, entertained out-of-town visitors, written summaries for upcoming conference presentations, organized photos, and…well, it’s time to get back into the blogging mode.

In honor of my addiction to world travel, let me lead my readers to a great new Library of Congress initiative called World Digital Library. Rather than take you on a complete tour of the website, let me simply point out two ways to begin your own discoveries:

  1. Go to the World Digital Library homepage and click on one part of the world on the map. What examples are shown? How could you use them in a world cultures unit?
  2. Go to the BibliOdyssey blog for a sampling of some of the most beautiful and unique treasures in the World Digital Library. How could you incorporate these items into your classroom activities?

Educators now on summer vacation deserve to enjoy some open-ended exploration time. Why not begin with primary sources and the World Digital Library?

Layla–the first women’s magazine published in Iraq, 1923


2 Responses to “World Digital Library – Short Version”

  1. Kathy says:

    Glad the Primary Source Librarian is back.

  2. Mary Jones says:

    Mary, this is one of the neatest things I’ve seen. I already sent the link to Kelly. How cool!

    Thank you. MCJ

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