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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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Columbus Metropolitan Library gets $188K grant for equipment for statewide ‘Digitization Hub’ network

“The Columbus Metropolitan Library has landed $188,219 in federal and state grants to buy equipment for a statewide effort creating a network of “Digitization Hubs” to preserve historical materials. The money is coming from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that distributes funding to libraries nationwide. It’s sending $760,421 to Ohio to upgrade digitization equipment and software at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Cleveland Public Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library, according to a press release. The libraries are creating regional digitization centers serving other libraries, museums, archives and local communities.” (via American City Business Journals)

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NLM Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions

“The National Library of Medicine NLM is pleased to announce a new addition to its Digital Collections: over 400 NLM publications and productions dating from the 1860s to the 1990s.This new digital collection encompasses all printed monographic publications produced by the National Library of Medicine and its earlier incarnation as the Library of the Surgeon Generals Office. The collection also includes nearly three dozen audiovisual productions produced by the NLM during the past six decades, as well as publications of the NLMs institutional and historical “sister,” the Army Medical Museum, which is today the National Museum of Health and Medicine. In the early 1920s, the Library of the Surgeon Generals Office was renamed the Army Medical Library, and it was housed with the Army Medical Museum until the 1950s when the institutions were physically separated as they are today.  They continue to share a common goal of collecting, preserving, and providing knowledge about the past, present, and future of biomedicine and health care.” (via NLM)

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FDR archive hits the Web

“A public database of 350,000 pages of archival documents and 2,000 historical photographs relating to the 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, can be accessed from any computer in a virtual research room dubbed “FRANKLIN,” which went live at 10 a.m. Wednesday, a spokesman for the library said. The database is a collaborative effort by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives and Records Administration, Marist College, IBM and the Roosevelt Institute, library spokesman Cliff Laube said.” (via The Poughkeepsie Journal)

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German Digital Library releases API

“Last month the German Digital Library Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek – DDB made a promising step forward toward further opening up their data by releasing its API Application Programming Interface to the public. This API provides access to all the metadata of the DDB released under a CC0 license, which is the predominant share. The release of this API opens up a wide range of possibilities for users to build applications, create combinations with other data or include the German digitised cultural heritage on other platforms. In the future, the DDB also plans to organize a programming competition for API applications as well as a series of workshops for developers.” (via OpenGLAM)

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UNC’s Digital Heritage Center knits state’s history together

“In the information age, libraries can seem like antiquated relics; quaint places where three-dimensional books gather dust. But librarians across the state are working hard to digitize their collections, and now treasures that have long sat in archive rooms are available for public viewing. “We have 125,000 items currently digitized,” said Nicholas Graham, the program director at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, the statewide digital library that enables cultural heritage institutions across the state to share their collections online. “When we’re done there will be over half a million documents.” (via NewsObserver.com)

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