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Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

“The new report from OCLC Research, Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries, summarizes the results of a needs assessment and gap analysis of digitization activities in US public libraries and state library agencies. The report provides the findings from national surveys that explored areas including how many libraries are participating in digitization activities, what training would help them to be more successful, what types of collections they are digitizing and how digitization efforts are staffed. The overall data provides a picture into the extent to which US public libraries are positioned to support the growth of the national digital platform (NDP), primarily through the digitization of their unique collections.” (via OCLC)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375,000 images of public art freely available under Creative Commons Zero

“Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, known by many as the Met, announced that it is placing more than 375,000 images of public-domain works in the museum’s collection under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) dedication. The release, which covers images of the great majority of the museum’s holdings, is part of the Met’s Open Access initiative and will enable anyone, anywhere to freely access, use, and remix photos of some of the world’s most well-known works of art.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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“Two of Boston’s most venerable institutions are teaming up to create an online database of hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholic Church documents to help people trace their family histories.The New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Archdiocese of Boston on Tuesday announced the project that was first talked about two years ago. It’s the first time a significant number of sacramental records from any U.S. diocese have been digitized on this scale, the organizations said.” (via The Associated Press)


Gale Digitizes Archive of the American Civil Liberties Union

“Gale, a Cengage company, has launched Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990. The timely archive includes records from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics covered are intensely relevant to today’s curriculum and current debates at both national and local levels.Part of the growing Gale Primary Sources program, the archive represents Gale’s focus on publishing material that supports diversity studies and provides historical context around current topics.” (via Cengage)

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Axiell partners with CLIR to create the Digital Library of the Middle East

“Axiell, the leading vendor globally of collections management software to archives, libraries and museums, today announces its partnership with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Together, the two organizations will explore collaborative opportunities to design and sustain the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME), leveraging Axiell’s decade long experience in the Middle East, knowledge around preserving cultural heritage and innovative technology solutions for collection management and education.” (via Axiell)

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