Tag Archives: Digital Libraries

Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries

“Between the high cost of buying and shipping books and the decreasing expense of buying mobile devices and services, connecting students in the developing world to badly needed educational texts and visuals is becoming more realistic, in some cases, as a digital endeavor. But there’s no clear evidence that just handing out classroom sets of low-cost tablets and laptops—such as those manufactured through the One Laptop Per Child campaign— will bring substantial educational change. And that’s where Library for All hopes to step in.” (via MindShift)

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Library and Archives Canada will face enormous challenge in digitizing collection, report says

“It is much harder and more expensive to digitize a national archive than those undertaking the task usually realize, a consultant warned Library and Archives Canada earlier this year. Éric Méchoulan of the Université de Montréal, hired on a $15,000 contract to advise LAC on issues involving digitization of its collection, produced a report in January outlining the three main challenges it faces:” (via Ottawa Citizen)

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Inspiring research, inspiring scholarship: the value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching, research and enjoyment

“A new report released by King’s Digital Consultancy Service, written by Simon Tanner.   The research is the product of a JISC funded project to investigate the values, benefits and impacts of digitised resources. This document draws evidence from a wide number of sources and seeks to provide a compelling account of the advantages of digitised content. (via IFLA)

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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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