Historic New Orleans' Jazz and Cuisine Come to the iPad and Web at 2013 AHA Conference

Louisiana State Museum and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum Make Historical Content Accessible on BiblioBoard

Jan 03, 2013, 08:00 ET from BiblioLabs, LLC

CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two digital anthologies that celebrate the rich cuisine and jazz music of New Orleans will become available to the public on January 3rd at the American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. The Louisiana State Museum (LSM) and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SOFAB) have partnered with BiblioLabs to each create digital products available to individuals on BiblioBoard.

BiblioBoard is a digital ecosystem that gives users access to historical anthologies that explore places, events, people and themes from across the centuries. Within BiblioBoard, there are a variety of anthologies available for purchase for $9.99 or less that generally include dozens of pieces of unique content such as books, images, videos, audio files, articles and other historical documents, all available for the price of a single paperback or e-book. Available for free as an iPad® app or on any Web browser, BiblioBoard allows historical institutions like LSM and SOFAB to create digital anthologies from their museum's collections with no development costs.

The Louisiana State Museum's anthology, titled New Orleans Jazz: A Louisiana State Museum Collection, showcases dozens of images from New Orleans jazz's early history taken from LSM's digital collections.

"We have great historical artifacts in our collection but lacked the funds or time to turn them into digital products," said Greg Lambousy, Director of Collections for the Louisiana State Museum. "BiblioBoard provided us with a user-friendly way to create an elegant jazz anthology that will also become a new revenue source for our museum."

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum created New Orleans, America's First Cuisine: A Taste of Louisiana, which explores the origins of the cuisine of the city of New Orleans. Pulling from more than 100 books, menus, photographs and the museum itself, the anthology examines nearly all aspects of the development of New Orleans' cuisine.

"We are based in New Orleans but strive to share our mission with the entire South," said Kelsey Parris, Operations Manager for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. "With BiblioBoard, we are now able to expand our reach to a worldwide audience. Creating the anthology was so easy that we plan to release additional anthologies in 2013."

Both anthologies will launch to the public at the AHA Annual Meeting on January 3rd, when more than 5,000 historians will gather in New Orleans. Available on both the Web and iPad, users will be able to preview select content for free and purchase the entire anthology for $9.99 each. AHA attendees can visit BiblioLabs' booth (#334) to see demos of both anthologies and enjoy special treats from SOFAB and LSM.

"We are excited to partner with these two historical institutions to share their content to the world," said Mitchell Davis, Chief Business Officer for BiblioLabs. "Both the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the Louisiana State Museum are well-known for their efforts to preserve the history of the South. We are honored that they selected BiblioBoard to expand their preservation efforts into the digital space, ensuring those living outside the region have easy access to their collections."

Download BiblioBoard on the iPad from in the App Store or sign up to receive access to the Beta version of BiblioBoard Web at www.BiblioBoard.com.

About the Southern Food and Beverage Museum
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a non-profit living history museum located in New Orleans, LA, that is dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. For more information, visit http://southernfood.org/

About the Louisiana State Museum
Founded in 1906 with a mission to collect, preserve, interpret and present the state's rich history and diverse cultures, the Museum's collection now totals more than 450,000 artifacts and works of art. These provide an authentic experience of Louisiana to visitors from around the world while enhancing the quality of life for residents. Our "collection" includes a complex of seven historic French Quarter buildings that have become icons of New Orleans - especially the Cabildo and Presbytere on Jackson Square - and a statewide system of regional and special focus history museums in Baton Rouge, Thibodaux and Patterson. For more information, visit http://www.crt.state.la.us/museum/

About BiblioLabs, LLC
BiblioBoard was created by BiblioLabs, LLC a hybrid software-media company that created a multimedia authoring tool which enables curators and subject matter experts to discover, enhance and create new works from the wealth of licensed, open source and public domain materials available within their core database. BiblioLabs works with leading organizations around the world to create widespread commercial access to rare and interesting materials in an innovative way. To learn more about BiblioBoard, visit www.BiblioBoard.com

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