1. digitalnz-dpla:

    GIF IT UP submission from Sean Lee in Beijing, China. Source material courtesy Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga. This GIF is made available under a CC-BY license.

  2. $100 bill of the Confederate States of America

    From the Alexander Haight family collection, 1764-1977 (view more)

    Courtesy George Mason University via the Digital Library of Georgia


  3. digitalnz-dpla:

    GIF IT UP submission from Sean-Paul Kearns in Wainuiomata, New Zealand. Sean-Paul has used the NYPL Labs Stereograminator to create this GIF.

    Image courtesy of Picture Wairarapa [source]. This GIF is made available under a CC-BY licence.

  4. digitalnz-dpla:

    GIF IT UP submission from Tamas Decsi in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Image courtesy Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa [source]. This GIF has been made available under a CC-BY license.

  5. Sweet! Earlier today we received our very first submission to GIF IT UP, our international GIF-making competition with DigitalNZ. Thanks, Siobhan! 

    To view new submissions as they come in, be sure to follow the GIF IT UP gallery over at digitalnz-dpla. You can submit your own GIF by clicking here


    GIF IT UP submission (our first!) from Siobhan Leachman in New Zealand. Siobhan writes:

    This is my very first (and as you can see - very simple) attempt at making a gif. I used a Kaka for several reasons. First I live in Wellington and we have been seeing them more and more recently due to the conservation work going on in Wellington. Second, I’ve been inspired by the Smithsonian Libraries gifs. I’ve recently been spending time on the Smithsonian websites and reading their various blogs and came across one by the Smithsonian Libraries called Library Hacks: Creating Animated Gifs. This along with your competition inspired me to give it a go.

    I particularly love the fact that the Smithsonian Libraries take very old images and reuse them in a modern way. This is why I chose an old illustration of a Kaka. In looking for the appropriate drawing I spent quite a bit on time on your site trying to find an appropriate image. It also took me a while to learn how to make and adapt the drawing to animate it but now I’ve worked out how to do it I hope to take other images and do more challenging and complex gif.

    So thanks for the inspiration and extra push to help me learn a new and fun skill!

    Image courtesy Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa [source]. This GIF has been made available under a CC-BY license.

  6. Winnie-the-Pooh and friends premiered in A.A. Milne’s first Winnie-the-Pooh book this week in 1926. But everyone’s favorite Hundred Acre Wood residents lived somewhere else first—the toy box of Milne’s son, (the real) Christopher Robin. The toys, including Christopher Robin’s stuffed teddy bear, were the inspiration behind the famous book series. 

    Courtesy of the New York Public Library. 

    1. The Winnie-the-Pooh toy collection

    2. Kanga

    3. Eeyore. 

    4. Piglet

    5. Tigger

    6. Winnie-the-Pooh

  7. Members of the 317th Ambulance Company singing in a bombed French cathedral

    US Army Signal Corps, date unknown

    Courtesy North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.


  8. It’s a public domain celebration! The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ are very excited to announce the launch of GIF IT UP, an international competition over the next six weeks to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. The winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com. Pretty sweet, huh?

    To find out more about GIF IT UP, including how you can participate, visit http://dp.la/info/gif-it-up/. Happy GIFing! 

  9. Celebrate the founding of the American Library Association with some great library images of book-lovers through the decades. These photos are courtesy of North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

    1. A librarian seated at the desk of the Asheville Negro Library, North Carolina

    2. A librarian reads to a group of children, 1959.

    3. A librarian shows children books from the bookmobile, 1953

    4. A little boy leaves a bookmobile with stack of checked-out books, 1949

    5. Children lined up to check out books from the librarian at the bookmobile, 1920. 

  10. View of balloon ascent

    Matthew Brady, US War Department, 1862

    Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration via DPLA