Art Babble is one of the most interesting, informative and stylish art websites I’ve ever seen and it’s no surprise that it won the MW2010 Best Overall Museum Web Site award at the Museums and the Web Conference in April.
ArtBabble is a project developed by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to share and showcase their high-quality videos about art and artists. They have since been joined by an impressive list of museum partners that includes the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the New York Public Library (and several others.)
The videos are beautifully presented, with all the usual features of a video site — commenting, sharing, downloading and embedding. Each video is enhanced with notes providing images and information, synchronized to specific points in the video. These are shown to the right of the video, and it’s easy to explore or ignore these while watching the video.
There’s quite a variety of videos here both in terms of style and subject matter. Two of my favorites are an interview with Beverly-born artist Wil Barnet from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a lecture on Hello Kitty by New York Times business reporter Ken Belson, who wrote the book “Hello Kitty; The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon.” I’ve embedded those videos below, but you’re really better off following the link and watching it on the Art Babble site to get the full effect.
This site is a great resources for students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in art.
Flickr just introduced a new, improved version of their slideshow, with many new features including the ability to include video as well as photographs. But the most important new feature is that Flickr slideshows are now easier to share, and can easily be embedded in blogs and webpages, like this:
You can make slideshows from your own photographs, of course — this is a great way to post a set of pictures from a library event on your website. But you can also make slideshows from groups or even search results, and link to them or embed them on your website. Be sure to play around with the options!
There are a lot of third-party tools around that build different kinds of slideshows with Flickr photographs, but there’s nothing easier than using the new, improved slideshow built right into the system!
Hulu is a site designed to bring professional TV and movie content to the web in a legal, ad-supported format. It’s a joint venture of NBC and the News Corporation, with partnerships with many content providers and web services for syndication.
They’ve been in private Beta for months and just officially launched a few weeks ago, and they’ve been getting a lot of attention. The content is still limited (we’re not talking NetFlix here) but there’s an interesting assortment full-length content here, old and new — the entire run of “Arrested Development,” 48 episodes of the old Bob Newhart show, 78 episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and other old shows like “Barney Miller,” “Hill Street Blues” and “The Practice.” There are lots of
current shows here, too, with several full episodes and lots of clips. Continue reading →
The Boston Phoenix has an interesting article comparing the websites of the Presidential candidates. It’s worth reading, and worth spending some time visiting all of the candidates sites not for the messages but to see how the candidates and their campaign organizations are embracing the web, multimedia and social networking to get those messages across. Continue reading →
Has your library been Yelped? Yelp is a community-based directory service with listings for all sorts of businesses and institutions. By “community-based” I mean that this is yet another popular website in which users sign up for accounts and provide all the content — add and
edit listings, add photos, add reviews, etc.
A few of our libraries have listings including a few reviews. The review for Danvers says:
“the library is great and has a nice selection of books. I am addicted to Noblenet.org, where you can order any book from member libraries. It is the greatest innovation.” | Yelp Listing and Review
But my favorite library review is for the Somerville Public Library, which says:
“One thing I have noticed about the Somerville Library is the uniform friendliness and cheerfulness of their staff, a far cry from your stereotypically surly librarian.” | Yelp Listing and Review