Need a diversion for the Monday morning blues? Check out Serendip-o-matic, a “serendipitous” discovery tool for the humanities. I just read about it this morning in Wired Campus. It’s a tool that allows you to enter large chunks of text in a search box. Then it attempts to connect you to related digital materials from libraries, museums and archives worldwide.
I couldn’t resist playing around with this one. By randomly pasting chunks of Wikipedia article text into the search engine, I retrieved archival photos, with some primary sources thrown in for good measure. It’s kind of fun.
Maybe there is potential for this in IL instruction. Who knows. But definitely worth playing around with.