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Wikimedia projects benefit from Bodleian Libraries residency

“For anyone looking to define Taijitu, Putso or Sangha, or to learn about Elizabeth Fry, the Junior wives of Krishna, or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, one of the top internet search hits will be Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Articles about these, and hundreds of other topics, are now being improved using the Bodleian Libraries’ historic collections. Images from Digital.Bodleian collection are being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, the database of freely reusable digital files. From here they can be embedded in articles not just in English Wikipedia, but in other languages and in other educational projects. So far, more than six hundred articles, across many different languages, are illustrated with images from the Bodleian Libraries, reaching a total of nearly 1.5 million readers per month.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Oxford’s New Bodleian Library has had a radical modernist makeover

“Unloved, dingy, almost prison-like. Oxford’s New Bodleian Library has always been an oddball among the university’s architectural treasures – a bland lump on the corner of Broad Street and Parks Road. Inside, the 11 levels of book stacks constipated the core of the library, and gave it a leaden atmosphere. But when it reopens on 21 March as the Weston Library, it will be a hey presto moment for the city. The building has been transformed, and will become a magnet for pathological swots, local café society and legions of tourists.” (via The Independent)

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Effort Makes Texts of Early English Books Available Online

“A partnership is making the texts of the first printed editions of William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton and other early English books available online. The University of Michigan Library, the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473 to 1700. These include more than 5,600 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.” (via AP)

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Literary treasures from Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries

“Where can you find locks of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s and Mary Shelley’s hair alongside the fragments of Sappho’s poetry? At the Bodleain Libraries in Oxford, England. And also in the book “Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Bodleian Libraries.” The book includes writings and drawings and ephemera dating from ancient times — Sappho’s fragments are from the 2nd century AD — to the 20th century. Over all that time what constitutes genius has changed.” (via LA Times)

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Oxfam donates archive to Bodleian Library

“The records of 70 years of struggle to keep the world from starving, encapsulated in 10,000 boxes of archive material of Oxfam, have been donated to the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The charity operates across the world, but began life as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief. The first meeting was held in 1942 at the university church, St Mary the Virgin, a stone’s throw from the Bodleian.”

via Guardian

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Bodleian’s battered Shakespeare First Folio to be put on internet

“Before they laid a finger on the battered, brown-leather book, the conservators at the Bodleian library in Oxford just sat and stared at it, working out how to do as little as possible. The sorry-looking volume is one of the most famous books in the world: the  1623 First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare, published within seven years of his death by his friends and fellow actors, and the only reason the world inherited plays including The  Tempest, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.”

via The Guardian

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Bodleian Library considers lending books after 410 years

“Considered hallowed ground for academic researchers, all those who enter have been forced to sign a pledge undertaking not to remove any books from there. Now all could be about to change. Plans are being discussed to allow students to borrow books from the Bodeian for the first time, and the very idea has caused a stir amongst academics and students.”

via Telegraph

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