Tag Archives: Digital Libraries

New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories

“New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first batch—1849/50 through 1923—have already been scanned, and the 1786–1848/9 directories are right now being scanned. The whole collection will be going online over the coming months. Staff at NYPL are currently teaching computers to read the wobbly typeset, to interpret the strange abbreviations, and the occasionally slightly less than geometric layout of the directories to make the old print text machine readable. The goal is to make the directories text searchable in powerful new ways, in order to build datasets that will inform research in New York City history, genealogy, and beyond. More technical posts on this work will follow.”(via The New York Public Library)

Leave a Comment

Afghan Officials Receive Digitized Cultural Treasures

“The Library of Congress has completed a three-year project, financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York, to digitize holdings of the Library of Congress relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan, for use by that nation’s cultural and educational institutions.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, joined by Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, presented hard drives containing more than 163,000 pages of documents to the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture, Abdul Bari Jahani, and to Abdul Wahid Wafa, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.” (via Library of Congress)

Comments Off on Afghan Officials Receive Digitized Cultural Treasures

‘Burbank in Focus’ database showcases archival photos of the city and its people

“Hundreds of historic photos depicting Burbank decades ago are now within one’s reach by just the click of a mouse. The Burbank Public Library launched its newest online database called “Burbank in Focus,” a digital archive of more than 800 photos, during a launch event at the Burbank Central Library last week.” (via LA Times)

Comments Off on ‘Burbank in Focus’ database showcases archival photos of the city and its people

NJ State Library, Rutgers University Libraries and the NJ State Archives Collaborate on NJ Digital Newspaper Project

“The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration of Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library that will make the history of New Jersey known to its citizens and the world. The plan, according to project director and Rutgers University digital archivist Caryn Radick, is to scan existing microfilm from the New Jersey State Archives and to make searchable digital files available through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America. Over a two-year period, the project will digitize and catalog at least 100,000 newspaper pages, originally published between 1836 and 1922 and not currently available in digital format.” (via New Jersey State Library)

Comments Off on NJ State Library, Rutgers University Libraries and the NJ State Archives Collaborate on NJ Digital Newspaper Project

The New York Public Library Digitizes Centuries-Old Hebrew Manuscripts

“The New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division has digitized 11 Hebrew manuscripts and two early printed books. The documents — which span over 400 years from the late medieval period to early modern history — cover Kaballah, literature and playwriting, science and medicine, and philosophical and astrological commentary.More than 2,000 digitized pages chronicle early Jewish scholarship and are now available on NYPL’s Digital Collections website.” (via The New York Public Library)

Comments Off on The New York Public Library Digitizes Centuries-Old Hebrew Manuscripts

© Copyright 2016, Information Today, Inc., All rights reserved.