eSpotlight - BiblioBoard Categories
If you're anything like me, you love poking around and finding weird and wonderful things that you didn't even know existed. In the physical library, you can browse the stacks and discover treasures you never knew you needed. In the eWorld, you can often do the same thing, and my new favorite browsing place is in BiblioBoard. It can be really fun to open up BiblioBoard's categories, and poke in them to see what's there. It's easy to do -- just log into your BiblioBoard account (If you don't have one, it's easy to set up!) and click on the "hamburger" menu in the upper left corner of the screen. Under "Explore" click on "Categories".
Once you're there, just pick the category that sounds fun. I've lately had lot of fun in "True Crime" and poking around among the historical documents that have been collected. Most of the documents, books, and images in these anthologies are in the Public Domain, and many of them are really fascinating! Check out "FBI Files-Movie and Television Stars" and learn about all the sordid stuff the FBI was keeping an eye on in the 40s and 50s!
Some of this material is ephemeral -- the sort of thing that gives you insight on history and makes you feel a part of it, but that wasn't really intended to survive. I'm the daughter of a professional pilot, and airplanes, pilots, and the history of aviation were really important in my early life. Amelia Earhart was my heroine as a kid (she still is, really). Imagine my delight at finding this letter from Amelia Earhart to Orville Wright:
Browse from your own home!
eResources are great for research and for reading eBooks and more, but they're also sometimes neat to just browse. Check out BiblioBoard and see what you find! If you see something really cool, share it in the comments.
Text of the Earhart Letter:
The Ambassador, Los Angeles
August 6, 1932
Mr. Orville Wright
15 North Broadway
My dear Mr. Wright:
The other day I had the fun of cracking a bottle of gasoline on the nose of a new automobile. I am just dropping this line to tell you that my fun was increased when I found that the one I christened was for you. I think the Terraplane is a great little car, and I hope my naming yours will add to your pleasure.
I wish that it were possible for your many friends in the East and West to see you more often. Perhaps the new Essex will help us do so!