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Europeana digital library project recalls fall of Iron Curtain

“Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive, has launched a new project titled ‘Europeana 1989′. People across Europe are invited to share their experiences, stories and memorabilia from the time of the fall of the Iron Curtain in a digital archive.

This release will also be available in the languages of the former Communist states. The project started in Poland last week with a public debate and a collection day. Europeana 1989 will continue with collection days in Poland, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary.” (via Research Information)

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Library and Archives paywall delayed until fall

“An internal document from Library and Archives Canada suggests the department is considering a paywall to help pay for digitizing its content, but that plan has been delayed until at least the fall. Part of a plan posted on an archivist’s Tumblr blog involves a 10-year agreement with non-profit group Canadiana.org. “The agreement … provides for 10 years of exclusive rights for Canadiana to monetize the collections in exchange for making them accessible online,” the document said.” (via CBC News)

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Princeton University Library digitizes Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ handwritten manuscript, offers it online

“Imagine looking over author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s shoulder as he wrote “The Great Gatsby,” one of the 20th century’s best known novels — watching as he developed certain plotlines and abandoned others, cultivated characters from brief sketches into familiar figures and painstakingly wrote and rewrote some of the most famous passages in American literature. The Princeton University Library has afforded such an opportunity by digitizing the handwritten manuscript and corrected galleys of Fitzgerald’s classic novel and making them available online to anyone who wishes to view them.” (via NJ.com)

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National Archives Marks 150th Anniversary of U.S. Colored Troops

“Marking today’s 150th anniversary of its creation, the National Archives announces the completion of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) Service Records Digitization Project, in partnership with Fold3. For the first time, this collection – nearly four million images of historic documents with detailed information on former slaves – is available online to anyone, anywhere.” (via National Archives)

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LBI Builds Digital Home for Émigré Journal “Aufbau”

“Leo Baeck Institute has completed digitizing all issues of the German-Jewish émigré Journal, Aufbau published between 1934 and 2004, thus ensuring that the entire contents of the most important publication of the global German-Jewish refugee and exile community will remain available online to researchers.” (via Leo Baeck Institute)

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Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all

“A decade ago, Brewster Kahle, philanthropist and founder of the Internet Archive, created the first digital bookmobile: a complete printing press in the back of a car. With a power source, satellite internet connection, printer and binder, the vehicle and its descendants subsequently printed thousands of public-domain books where they were needed most, such as in rural areas without internet connection, including schools and refugee camps across Africa.” (via )

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F. Scott Fitzgeralds handwritten ledger online

“An intriguing peek into the daily scribbles and life of author F. Scott Fitzgerald is now available online, just weeks before the opening of the movie “The Great Gatsby.”Researchers from the University of South Carolinas Thomas Cooper Library put a digital version of the famed authors handwritten financial ledger on their website last week, making it available for the first time for all readers, students and scholars.”This is a record of everything Fitzgerald wrote, and what he did with it, in his own hand,” said Elizabeth Sudduth, director of the Ernest F. Hollings Library and Rare Books Collection.” (via AP)

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Dutch National Library gives full access to in copyright material

“The National Library of the Netherlands has made over the last years some great digitisation efforts. Amongst others, they have published their medieval manuscript collection and made their newspaper archive available under an open license. To make this material available they have to overcome many copyright issues. Their huge collection of material is created by many different authors. It can take years to track all the inheritors to ask for permission. For that reason they have experimented with an ‘opt-out’ model where they asked authors or inheritors to contact them when they did not want something to be published.”

via OpenGLAM

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184 Year Old Kerala State Central Library Starts Digitizing Hundreds of Rare Books

“The Kerala State Central Library, which happens to be one of the oldest in India, has made the big leap to the digital age by having digitized hundreds of books,  some which dates back hundreds of years. Located in Trivandrum, the capital city of the South Indian state of Kerala, the library has to its credit books, documents and letters in which physical access to them are highly restricted. The library has started their digitization drive since 2006 and has been making digital copies of its rare collection to be added to its Digital Archive. During the initial phase, 707 rare documents which includes 644 English and 63 Malayalam books comprising 3,28,268 pages were added to the Digital Archive. 480 more English books comprising a total of 1,84,321 pages were added in the second phase in 2012.”

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Just in time for the Oscars, digital project focuses on Lincoln-based sermons

“With so much attention focused on Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” and its 12 Academy Award nominations, the Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) and the Beck Center at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library have embarked on a joint project with aspects that researchers can apply to similar projects – using digital tools to analyze and compare the text of sermons delivered after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The Beck Center digitizes and curates some of the rare collections housed in the library’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), creating electronic versions of fragile documents. A group of three DiSC graduate fellows are analyzing a collection of digitized texts called “The Martyred President: Sermons Given on the Occasion of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” Their goals: to use various digital text tools to map geographic and thematic patterns in the 57 sermons. The scholars are calling their project “Lincoln Logarithms: Finding Meaning in Sermons.”

via Robert W. Woodruff Library.

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