Tag Archives: Digital Libraries

Bringing Frankenstein to Life

“As night falls this Halloween, a new creation will come to life — an electrifying new digital archive that sheds light on the genesis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.The Shelley-Godwin Archive will make available online a collection of digitized manuscripts of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, offering scholars, students, and the public an opportunity to probe the connections and collaborations within England’s “first family of writers.”  Created by scholars, curators, and information scientists from the New York Public Library, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, this new scholarly resource was made possible by a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).” (via National Endowment for the Humanities)

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London’s health records open up with the launch of London’s Pulse

“From smallpox to sun lamps, the health of London and Londoners over 125 years is uncovered with London’s Pulse, an ambitious digitisation project from the Wellcome Library which launches today supported by Jisc. The online resource contains over 5000 fully searchable reports, from 1848 to 1973, detailing the health of Londoners in intimate detail – borough by borough and often street by street – written by the people responsible for keeping the city healthy over a period of drastic social, economic and technological change.” (via Jisc)

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ACS Publications announces the large-scale digitization and open availability of data coupled to ACS Legacy Archives Journals

“The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today the completion of a comprehensive undertaking to digitally convert and conserve the Supporting Information for its broadly subscribed ACS Legacy Archives journals collection. This initiative was part of the Society’s commitment to broaden the online accessibility of the Supporting Information and data associated with the ACS Legacy Archives –– a premium collection of nearly half a million original research articles published in ACS journals between the years 1879 and 1995. The digitization effort has generated new Supporting Information files for 40,000 ACS original research articles, and in total comprises 800,000 pages of highly valuable data and underlying research information.” (via ACS/a>)

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Enigmatic Dickinson Revealed Online

“The manuscripts of Emily Dickinson have long been scattered across multiple archives, meaning scholars had to knock on numerous doors to see all the handwritten drafts of a poet whose work went almost entirely unpublished in her lifetime. The online Emily Dickinson Archive, to be inaugurated on Wednesday, promises to change all that by bringing together on a single open-access Web site thousands of manuscripts held by Harvard University, Amherst College, the Boston Public Library and five other institutions. Now, scholars and lay readers alike will be able to browse easily through handwritten versions of favorite poems, puzzle over lines that snake along the edges of used envelopes and other scraps of paper, or zoom in on one of Dickinson’s famous dashes until it almost fills the screen. “To have all these manuscripts together on one site and to have it so thoroughly searchable is extraordinary,” said Cristanne Miller, a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a member of the project’s advisory board.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Boston Public Library Receives Recognition for Statewide Digitization Work

“Boston Public Library received an award honoring its digitization work for Massachusetts’ Digital Commonwealth at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s eighth annual Focus Awards ceremony. The Focus Awards, held this year on October 19, recognize contributions to the promotion, curation, and presentation of photography. Boston Public Library received the Commonwealth Award, which is given to an organization that brings prominence to the local photographic scene. “We are honored to receive this award for our digitization work,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “It is our great pleasure to contribute to Digital Commonwealth and help increase access to photos archives, cultural treasures, and other historical materials for people across Massachusetts and around the world.” (via BPL)

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Einstein Goes Digital

“Princeton University Press has selected Tizra as the digital publishing platform it will use to make The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein available online.  One of the most ambitious publishing ventures ever undertaken in the documentation of the history of science, The Collected Papers will ultimately comprise more than 14,000 papers selected from all phases of Einstein’s career and fill nearly 30 volumes.” (via Digital Book World)

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“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)


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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