Adventures of An Aspiring Librarian

University College London Seminar: British Library, Digital Humanities, and a Jar of Moles!

on January 23, 2014

We did not have much time to orient ourselves to London before we hit the ground running with daily seminars and lectures at UCL’s Department of Information Studies.

We discussed everything from digital humanities to the future of QR codes to preserving London’s past with digitization efforts. Crowdsourcing was a big theme, and we even heard about ways that the UCL Grant Museum tried to make its exhibits interactive. They have a large jar of preserved moles, and they do everything they can to make the exhibit interactive. It’s absolutely disgusting, but it’s one of their most popular exhibits. The moles even have a twitter account! It’s @glassjarofmoles.  This adds to the user experience at the museum, and brings in more patrons and funding. 🙂

A glass jar of moles at the UCL Grant Museum See also: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/about/collections/objects/pickled-moles

A glass jar of moles at the UCL Grant Museum
See also: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/about/collections/objects/pickled-moles

UCL’s Information Studies Department is also working hard to preserve parts of its history and make it available to people worldwide. Old Bailey court records are being digitized, and they say they’ve even been able to create an interactive map showing where the bombings of London took place in World War II.

Map of parts of London that were hit during the Blitz in World War II (Copyright owned by London Metropolitan Archives)

Map of parts of London that were hit during the Blitz in World War II (Copyright owned by London Metropolitan Archives)

FAQ at the London Metropolitan Archives...including "My Ancestor was a Convict"

FAQ at the London Metropolitan Archives…including “My Ancestor was a Convict”

We also went and toured the British Library, which to a group of librarians, is a mecca of sorts, much like the Library of Congress.

The entryway of the British Library

The entryway of the British Library

A conveyer belt that brings all the books around the British Library

A conveyor belt that brings all the books around the British Library

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