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Pullman Porter Museum to launch online registry of black railroad laborers

“Theodore Berrien worked as a Pullman porter from about 1940 to 1969, during which time he was chosen to accompany President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s funeral train on its route between Georgia and Washington, D.C.”He spoke of how kind Mrs. Roosevelt was and thanked him for his services during the trip,” his grandson recalled in a new searchable online registry of African-American railroad laborers.This entry — and thousands of others — have been recorded in the registry that will be launched by the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, with help from DePaul University, this week. Descendants and scholars will be able to preserve oral histories on the website that otherwise might be lost.”(via Chicago Tribune)

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Bringing books back to life: NEH, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award $95,000 grant to UNT Libraries

“The University of North Texas Libraries is working to bring more than 100 out-of-print books back to life. Thanks to a $95,599 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor under the new Humanities Open Book Program, the UNT Libraries will digitize 146 books and make those available for free as e-books.” (via University of North Texas)

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UD Library receives National Digital Newspaper Program grant from NEH

The University of Delaware Library has received a National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Program grant to digitize approximately 55,000 pages of newspapers published in the state of Delaware between 1836 and 1922. The grant, in the amount of $121,907, will support digitization from copies of the master negative microfilms held by the University of Delaware Library.” (via University of Delaware)

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Libraries Digitize Thousands of Colonial Documents

“Thousands of essays, journals, and other archival documents from the 17th and 18th centuries are now available online, after a group of Harvard libraries launched the Colonial North American Project website last week. The launch is part of a broader push to digitize the archives in the library system. The Law School library recently announced an effort to digitize its collection of United States case law, and the Harvard-wide library system is conducting a fundraising campaign to support digitization projects among other efforts.” (via Harvard Crimson)

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The Invisible Library

“It was a warm day in Paris, and the library of the Institut de France was stuffy and hot. Daniel Delattre, a distinguished French papyrologist, did not remove his suit jacket. The institute, which includes the Académie Française, is a jacket-and-tie sort of place. Delattre, who is sixty-eight years old and has a dreamy, lost-in-the-vale-of-academe manner, was contemplating a small wooden box on the table in front of him which was labelled “Objet Un.” There are thousands of rare objects in the institute’s library; the fact that whatever was inside the box was Object One suggested that it was of some importance. An ornately hand-lettered card was taped to the outside. It said, in French, “Box containing the remains of papyrus from Herculaneum”—the Roman town destroyed, along with its larger neighbor, Pompeii, in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.” (via New Yorker)

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Digitizing The World’s Libraries Using Smartphones

“Two weeks ago I spoke at the Internet Archive’s annual Library Leaders Forum, which brings together representatives from the Archive’s partner libraries around the world. The theme of this year’s conference was “building libraries together,” building upon last year’s announcement of a new emphasis on helping communities and libraries work together to archive and digitize society. Throughout the conference, it was clear that many attendees I spoke with still viewed digitization and archiving as the unique purview of libraries. Librarians talked about outreach initiatives to work with their communities to provide books, music, movies, and other materials for libraries to digitize on their behalf. Yet, at the same time they lamented that they simply didn’t have the staff or resources to digitize even a tiny fraction of material they collected.” (via Forbes)

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Eight ways to clean a digital library

“Adam Rocker didn’t expect the software that managed his digital reference library to flag up better ways he could be doing his research. But his electronic filing system of choice, ReadCube, periodically scans his library and suggests related papers, rather as some music-file-management programs highlight recommended tunes. And that feature, he says, has brought up some unexpected gems. As a graduate student, Rocker, who is now studying medicine at the University of Ottawa, was researching bacterial infections in zebrafish. ReadCube highlighted a paper that described a way to entrap the fish using microfluidics — a field whose literature he would not normally read — that was much easier than his own method. Being alerted to the research was “really rewarding”, Rocker says, although he was ultimately too invested in his own project to adopt the alternative approach.” (via Nature)

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McGregor Library Offers Rare Digital History of the Americas

“The University of Virginia has long offered public access to the rare and beautiful volumes of the McGregor Library, but until 2013 they could only be studied in Charlottesville. Now, thanks to a $245,000 grant from the McGregor Fund, researchers can access the library’s valuable primary documents, which focus on the European discovery and settlement of the Americas, from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Over the last two years, faculty and staff have steadily digitized more than 50,000 pages of the McGregor Library and hope eventually to reach 75,000, working in chronological order.: (via UVA)

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Israel-British project makes Hebrew texts available online

“One of the oldest surviving Hebrew manuscripts, a bible dating back more than 1,000 years, will soon be available online in a joint project with The British Library in London, the National Library of Israel said Monday. Aviad Stollman, the library’s chief of collections, said the Gaster Bible would go online as part of a project to digitize all of the 3,200 rare Hebrew manuscripts at The British Library. The National Library of Israel has partnered with the British Library in London to digitize its entire Hebrew manuscript collection, considered one of the largest and most significant in the world.” (via AP)

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NLM Digitizes Unique Early English Books, Allowing Free Online Access

“The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the release through its Digital Collections of nearly 200 items uniquely held by the NLM and printed in the English-speaking world between from 1552 to 1800. NLM’s participation in the English Short Title Catalog (ESTC) helped staff identify the uniqueness of these items. The ESTC is a union catalog managed by the British Library which lists books, pamphlets, and other ephemeral material printed in English-speaking countries from 1473 to 1800, containing over 480,000 items reported by over 2,000 libraries from around the world, including the NLM, British Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Library of Congress.” (via NLM)

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