I really like the creative way David Lee King‘s library looked at publishing their online annual report.

What could have been a boring link to a pdf document ended up being a pop-up interactive book – it still gives you all the fact you need, but in a really creative way.

Here’s the link to the full annual report.

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The Harvard College Library has digitized thousands of historical photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, books, music scores, rare maps and other rare and unique materials. The vast majority of these images are freely available online for public access.

The easiest way to lose yourself in their collections is to Explore the Collections – they have various themes that you can chose from:

Of course my eye was caught by the Images of Colonialism – Africa and Asia and there are some great images from newspapers etc.

Thanks to Cheryl LaGuardia for alerting me on this.

Ever heard of Vanity Barcodes? I didn’t until this post from The Centered Librarian.

A vanity barcode is a product barcode turned into a decorative, fun design while still scanning like a regular barcode.  It transforms a boring barcode into a great marketing and brand tool!

There are some really fun examples on the Vanity Barcodes website – if you like one of the designs you can click it on it and order it for your company or organisation.

Here’s one for a bookstore or library:

For a petshop:

For a deli or cofee shop:

Technoratic will be publishing their State of the Blogosphere 2009 throughout this week.This annual study follows the growth and trends in the blogosphere.

For 2009, they took a deeper dive into the entire blogosphere, with a focus on professional bloggers.

This year’s topics include:

  • professional blogging activities
  • brands in the blogosphere
  • monetization
  • twitter & micro-blogging
  • bloggers’ impact on US and World events

So far they’ve released the following:

  1. Arianna Huffington Interview: SOTB 2009
    The heart and soul of the Huffington Post discusses her evolution into the world of blogging, and her ascent to the top.
  2. Henry Copeland Interview: SOTB 2009
    The founder of Blogads sits down with Eric Olsen about trailblazing the business of ads for bloggers.
  3. Alex Santoso Interview: SOTB 2009
    Eric Olsen speaks with the proprietor of the link sharing blog Neatorama.
  4. Day 2: The What and Why of Blogging – SOTB 2009
    Self-expression and sharing expertise continue to be the primary motivations for bloggers.
  5. Day 1: Who Are The Bloggers? SOTB 2009
    Overall, bloggers are a highly educated and affluent group.
  6. State of the Blogosphere 2009 Introduction
    A look into our methodology and a glance at the findings.
  7. Steve Rubel Interview: SOTB 2009
    Steve Rubel, SVP and Director of Insights for Edelman Digital, is well known as the blogger behind Micro Persuasion and, more recently, SteveRubel.com. Steve talks about why he made the switch to a Posterous-powered blog, the meaning (or lack thereof) of lifestreaming, digital curation, and PR 2.0, and PR and online marketing trends that form part of his “flow.”
  8. Penelope Trunk Interview: SOTB 2009
    Penelope Trunk, founder of Brazen Careerist and prolific blogger at blog.penelopetrunk.com, is never one to pull a punch. Check out her take on blogging it like it is (or isn’t), entrepreneurship, and how Gen X and Gen Y view the web and social networking quite differently from one another.
  9. Michael Arrington Interview: SOTB 2009
    Richard Jalichandra speaks with the major domo of TechCrunch.
  10. Richard Jalichandra Keynote: BlogWorld 2009
    Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra delivered a keynote address at BlogWorld 2009 discussing the blogosphere and previewing the 2009 State of the Blogosphere report.

It’s definitely well worth a click through.

The good people over at Good has put up another infographic  – this time to illustrate Healthcareless in the US:

Healthcareless in the USA

Healthcareless in the USA

I particularly like how they used pills and thermometers as part of the graphic.

If you click on the image you will be taken to the flash image where you can zoom in and out.

The Living Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.

In it’s initial form the Living Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to the Living Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background.

Here are some of the posters from all over the world:

LivingLibrary@Limassol,Cyprus.

LivingLibrary@Limassol,Cyprus.

Living Library>Living Library at Kings Garden

Living Library>Living Library at Kings Garden

Living Library>LivingLibrary@Ljubljana,Slovenia.

Living Library>LivingLibrary@Ljubljana,Slovenia.

The Living Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.

It is a “keep it simple”, “no-nonsense” contribution to social cohesion in multicultural societies. Read more about the history HERE.

sms language poster

An excellent example of speaking students’ language! (Thanks to Tame The Web for posting this)