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ISRAEL TO POST RARE HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS ONLINE

“Israel’s National Library says it has signed an agreement with a leading Italian collection to display online some of the world’s most important Hebrew manuscripts, making them accessible to the public for the first time. National Library Judaica curator Aviad Stollman says it will be digitizing the Palatina Library’s collection of about 1,600 documents dating to the Middle Ages. He says the collection includes rare illuminated manuscripts and one of the oldest existing copies of the Mishna, a central Jewish text.” (via The Associated Press)

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Jisc is now offering over 130,000 media items free to further education providers

“Jisc is now offering further education (FE) providers’ free subscription to Jisc MediaHub. It enables direct access to over 130,000 images, films and audio files, licensed for educational use. And also provides a search for over 1 million additional items available in various public collections. Jisc MediaHub allows cross-searching and exploration of TV news, documentary films, still images and classical music.” (via Jisc)

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More Tennessee Papers Added to Chronicling America Project

“The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is proud to announce the addition of more than 1 million newspaper pages to the Chronicling America project, making historical newspapers from Greeneville, Jonesborough, Memphis, Sweetwater, and Winchester freely available on the Internet. These newspapers focus on the period from the 1850s to almost 1900. In cooperation with the University of Tennessee, TSLA has already provided more than 120,000 pages of historical Tennessee newspapers to the site. In the previous phase of the project, TSLA focused its efforts on digitizing newspapers from the Civil War era, roughly 1850 through 1875.” (via Tennessee Department of State)

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From burlap sack to digital file, church records get makeover

“Six years ago, the people of First Congregational Church of Rowley in Massachusetts were convinced they’d lost their treasure. A 17th-century minister’s 664-page diary, and its rare detailed account of community life in early America, had been missing for nearly two decades. A local bank was cleaning out its vaults when a staffer opened a burlap sack marked “dimes” and found an old leather-bound book with strange handwriting inside. Sure enough, it was the long-lost diary of the late Rev. Samuel Phillips, whose keen observations of conflicts and concerns in the 1600s have now been digitized to ensure they’re not lost again. Then the phone rang.” (via The Washington Post)

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Toronto Public Library to open 2 digital hubs

“When the Fort York library opens early next year, it will have the usual books and magazines – but it will also have a digital hub, complete with a 3D printer and spaces for game design. It’s part of an initiative by the Toronto Public Library (TPL) to “bridge the digital divide,” TPL manager Paul Trumphour explained. “We’re doing this in the spirit of wanting people to learn,” he told CityNews. “We’re going to be offering a wide range of workshops, not just training but also information – what does 3D printing mean for our world now.” (via 680News)

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Smithsonian offers an e-book to detail its digitization efforts

“The Smithsonian Institution released a free 77-page e-book Tuesday concerning one of the institution’s top priorities: digitizing 14 million objects in its massive collections. In “Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age,” G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian, writes that digitization, or the process of translating images and data into digital formats, is necessary for the Smithsonian to maintain its national and international footprint.” (via Washington Post)

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Launching the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection

“Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand quality images, many in 3D, can now be browsed and downloaded for free on a computer, tablet or phone.The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has rescued fossils from dusty drawers and made them available for academics, researchers and fossil enthusiasts to enjoy at their leisure.” (via Jisc)

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Tout Voltaire now available

“The Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with the ARTFL Project, has announced the public release of the TOUT VOLTAIRE online resource. Tout Voltaire  brings you in fully searchable form all of Voltaire’s works apart from his correspondence. This plain-text version (without critical apparatus or notes) is the most reliable version available anywhere on the web.” (via UGA Libraries)

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Combining The Nation’s Digitized Libraries, All In One Place

“Buried in the archives of America’s public and academic libraries are historical treasures — old papers, photos and records — that flesh out a detailed picture of our past. Many libraries are trying to make it easier to find that material by putting digital copies online. But with so many different websites and databases to turn to, it may still require a research degree in Web searching to find anything. This spring, a program launched that aims to put all that great stuff in one place: the Digital Public Library of America.” (via NPR)

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Search & Variety arrive at the Media History Digital Library

“We are very happy to announce the launch of Lantern, the MHDL’s search platform, and the availability of the first 20 years of Variety (Dec. 1905- Feb. 1926; post-production on the next 20 years is underway).” (via Media History Digital Library)

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