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EC reports on digitisation in Europe

“In early October the European Commission published two reports on the current state of digitisation of cultural heritage material in Europe: one report addresses progress in the area of digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation, while the other looks more specifically at the situation around European film heritage in the digital era. Both reports conclude that although more cultural content has been made available online in recent years, there is still a lot of work to be done.” (via OpenGLAM)

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New York helps sort Queensland’s digital history

“The State Library of Queensland is getting members of the public to help make its digital photos, newspaper articles and diaries more accessible online as part of the Pitch In! program. Volunteers are set tasks such as adding information to photos and transcribing newspaper articles that make up the library’s online digital collection. Margaret Warren is the co-ordinator of discovery services and says people are involved from as far as New York and Ireland.” (via ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation))

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Library’s rare treasures getting digital access

“Stepping into the rare books room at the Allen County Public Library is like stepping back in time. Antique furniture complements the character of a room devoted to the library’s ever-expanding collection of rare and antique – even ancient – books and artifacts.” (via The Journal Gazette)

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Visually impaired teen makes impact at Southside digital library

“When Christian Sanchez reported to the Bexar County BiblioTech as an intern in June, he immediately made his mark. Within days, the 16-year-old had learned every facet of all-digital library located at 3505 Pleasanton Road. The tech savvy teen’s duties ranged from working the circulation desk to one-on-one sessions with visually impaired patrons. While Sanchez is particularly adept at helping visually impaired patrons — he’s blind himself — he readily assisted all patrons, answering tech questions and providing information.” (via San Antonio Express-News)

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Indiana working to digitize historic newspapers

“A staff of two at the Indiana State Library is working to preserve what is left of the printed record of Indiana’s history as the yellowing, crumbling newspapers that chronicled Hoosiers’ lives deteriorate with age. “We really want, for Indiana’s bicentennial, to create a resource for all of Indiana to reflect state history as well as local history,” said Connie Rendfeld, digital initiatives librarian for the Indiana State Library. The project’s goal, as part of Indiana’s bicentennial celebrations in 2016, is to have digitized historic papers from every county in the state.” (via Munster Community News)

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A World Digital Library Is Coming True!

“In the scramble to gain market share in cyberspace, something is getting lost: the public interest. Libraries and laboratories—crucial nodes of the World Wide Web—are buckling under economic pressure, and the information they diffuse is being diverted away from the public sphere, where it can do most good. Not that information comes free or “wants to be free,” as Internet enthusiasts proclaimed twenty years ago.1 It comes filtered through expensive technologies and financed by powerful corporations. No one can ignore the economic realities that underlie the new information age, but who would argue that we have reached the right balance between commercialization and democratization?” (via The New York Review of Books)

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By Digitizing Images, Museum Opens a Window Into the Past

“Fully a century before Sarah Palin declared that Alaska was “just right over the border” from Russia, an expedition fielded by the American Museum of Natural History in New York sought to prove that the first people to reach the Americas had indeed migrated across the frozen Bering Strait. Thousands of glass plate negatives of that expedition will be made available online on Monday, as the museum launches an archival digital special collections database to give researchers, students and laymen alike access to a trove of photographs, lantern slides, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters and memorabilia that provide a rare backstage view of its exhibits and explorations, much of it previously unavailable to the public.” (via NYTimes.com)

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UIC Online portal offers access to area libraries, museums

“A $194,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund software development led by UIC for a free, easily accessible online portal to materials on Chicago history in at least 12 libraries and museums. The portal will allow one-click searching of materials at UIC, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and University of Chicago.” (via UIC News Center)

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Queens Library Crowdsources for Borough History Project

“The Queens Library is doing its part to keep the borough from flushing its history away. In partnership with Historypin, an online archive, the library has developed “Queens: Neighborhood Stories,” an interactive crowdsourcing initiative that uses photos, videos and other media to illuminate the everyday lives of people who have lived in the most culturally diverse county in the United States. Residents can log onto Historypin and upload their historic material, which is then pinned to an online map where users can browse it by date and location. The images can even be overlaid with modern Google street view images, to get a true picture of the past.” (via The New York Observer)

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Oklahoma State Library Moving Towards The Future

“Stacks of Dickens and Twain are disappearing in Stillwater. Oklahoma State University is retiring the classics, and making room for a 21st Century library. The traditional book is far from extinction, but with the birth of the digital age comes a rebirth of libraries across the country, including at OSU. The Edmon Low Library opened its doors to Oklahoma State students for the first time in 1953.” (via NewsOn6.com)

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