Tag: collections

Farewell to the microfiche/microfilm reader

Our microfilm/microfiche collections have now finally had their day.  The machine that read these formats has finally stopped printing and is being retired.  If you are one of the few people who still use these formats, or indeed remember what they are,

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Your digital footprint

It is a time-honoured truism that “you cannot take it with you”.  When you die, your possessions are left behind.  Some of the more carefully chosen personal effects have often included a collection of books.  As time and technologies move on and

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John Peel’s Record Collection

The late John Peel was a respected DJ and was known for his vast collection of vinyl records. You can now explore his record collection here http://thespace.org/items/s000004u The website is beautifully designed and makes it a joy to get lost

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British Library Sounds

Explore the British Library’s extensive collection of recorded sounds, including music, oral history, wildlfe and dialects. http://sounds.bl.uk/  

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Letters of Note

Letters of Note is a blog-based archive of “fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos”. http://www.lettersofnote.com/

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Library Cards

Here at the University of Portsmouth we like to dispel the myth that librarians are nerds. Other people out there are obviously keen to prove us wrong – how else can you explain this guys obession with collecting library cards….

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One Million Giraffes

During a night out Jørgen bet his friend Ola Helland that he couldn’t collect 1 million Giraffes. Ola set out to prove his friend wrong and has now collected 805, 428 giraffes but he has only 253 days to reach

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Not very far from TOTD’s real world home comes this ‘must visit’ extension: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1165389/Britains-biggest-puzzle-addict-built-30-000-extension-house-brainteasers–does-poor-wife-cope.html

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Collective nouns

Many of us are keen on collecting things – no more so than those who collect collective nouns.  Those words for groups of things – like a parliament of owls. Here are just a few: http://www.ojohaven.com/collectives/ http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_by_collective_term http://www.herbweb.org/animals-collective-nouns.html and so

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Find of the Day

Libraries often try to collect and manage esoteric items as well as books, journals and the like.  But none seems to be quite as ephemeral and as liable to marvellous serendipity as Find of the Day. http://www.foundmagazine.com/ If you find

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