2013 was a busy year for the Smithsonian Libraries! We were hard at work digitizing our collection, caring for rare books, hosting events and assisting in the Smithsonian’s core research functions. In case you missed them, here are our five most popular blog posts from 2013, giving a peak at what we did through the year and what *you* enjoyed reading about!
- Finding Current Research Online. In March, our monthly “Library Hacks” feature gave tips for keeping up with new research journals and articles.
- The Fix: The Art of a Simple Paper Repair. Also in March, book conservator Katie Wagner guided us through a simple paper repair at the Book Conservation Lab
- Highlights from the Cultural Heritage Library: Vintage Knitting Patterns. Knitters and the yarn-challenged alike dug this post from January which featured the newly-digitized title The Art of Knitting.
- The Fix: F.A.O. Schwarz 1911 Toy Catalog. It’s only been up a week and already this post about a vintage toy catalog has made a splash around the internet! It was featured on the Smithsonian’s Around the Mall blog as well as The Verge.
- Historical Sioux Tribal Newspapers see the light of day. Many communities were excited by the news that we had scanned the Sioux titles The Herald of the Black Robe’s Church (Sina Sapa Wocekiye Taeyanpaha) and The Daybreak (Anpao) and added them to the Cultural Heritage Library.
What was your favorite post from 2013? Anything you’d like to see from us in 2014? We’d love your feedback – leave a comment below!