Author Archives: John Mark Ockerbloom

About John Mark Ockerbloom

I'm a digital library architect and planner at the University of Pennsylvania.

Public Domain Day advent calendar #3: Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

Few authors have had as longstanding an influence on their genres as Agatha Christie.  In her more than half-century career writing detective fiction, she established (and then often went on to break) many of the expectations of the English “whodunit” … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #2: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Cantata by Frances McCollin

Today marks the start of the Christian season of Advent in my church, four Sundays before Christmas. It’s an important time of the year for vocal music, as choirs both sacred and secular rehearse and perform Christmas-related music in services … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #1: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

“Your children are not your children […] For they have their own thoughts […] You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” The lines above are from one of the more well-known parts of … Continue reading

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Why pay for what’s free? Finding open access and public domain articles

[Another version of this post appears on PennLibNews, as part of the Penn Libraries’ celebration of Open Access Week.] It happens to most researchers all too often.  You see a reference or a link to an article that you’d love … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day 2018: The 20-year alarm clock

In Washington Irving’s classic story “Rip van Winkle“, the title character follows an archaically-dressed stranger into a mountain hideaway, falls asleep, and wakes up to find the world has moved on 20 years without him.  He’s alarmed at first, but … Continue reading

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