- THE BELL TOWER
As part of the OWHL’s participation in the MA eBooks Pilot Project, the Phillips Academy Archives & Special Collections created, The Circle: Abbot Academy Yearbooks, an online anthology that is available to users across the globe through BiblioBoard.
BiblioBoard is an award-winning app and web service that connects people with digitized primary and secondary source materials from libraries and archives around the world. Through the platform, cultural heritage and historical materials such as monographs, maps, letters, pamphlets, diaries, and photos are just a click away. Materials are separated into thematic groups like “Folk and Americana” or “Space Comics: A Golden Age Comics Collection” to aid browsing. Users can read, view, listen, bookmark, download, take notes or export citations with the content they discover.
BiblioBoard is equal parts inspiring and overwhelming
– School Library Journal
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The ultimate goal in partnering with BiblioBoard is to have a platform that can create and support interdisciplinary collections featuring materials from the PA LAMs—the Addison Gallery, the Peabody Museum, the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library and the Archives & Special Collections.
Assistant Archivist Emily Tordo curated our pilot BiblioBoard anthology, The Circle: Abbott Academy Yearbooks. This collection brings together all 74 volumes of the Abbot Academy yearbook, The Circle, which was digitized last year by the BPL for inclusion in the Internet Archives thanks to an Abbot Academy Association Grant. First published in 1900 as The Abbot Academy Class Book, the yearbook became The Circle in 1916 (this is the first year that the double-A logo used on senior class rings appeared on the book cover). Since this year focused heavily on celebrating 40 years of coeducation at Phillips Academy, it is important for us to continue to celebrate the unique contributions that the Academy made in educating generations of young women. Creating The Circle: Abbott Academy Yearbooks collection through BiblioBoard ensures that these materials will be accessible not only to the community here at Phillips Academy, but to researchers and scholars everywhere.
Read more about BiblioBoard from Library Journal’s “The Digital Shift.”