Tag Archives: Digital Libraries

Duke University Libraries Introduce “Digitize This Book”

“Starting this semester, Duke University faculty, students, and staff can request to have certain public domain books scanned on demand. If a book is published before 1923* and located in the Perkins, Bostock, Lilly, or Music Library or in the Library Service Center (LSC), a green “Digitize This Book” button will appear in its online catalog record. Clicking on this button starts the request. Within two weeks (although likely sooner), you will get an email with a link to the digitized book in the Duke University Libraries collections on the Internet Archive. You—and the rest of the world—can now read this book online, download it to your Kindle, export it as a PDF, or get it as a fully searchable text-only file. And you never have to worry about late fees or recalls!”

via Duke University Libraries

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Digital Delivery and Higher Education at BISG’s MIP Confab

“In the third annual focus on Higher Ed Publishing in The Book Industry Study Group’s series of Making Information Pay conferences, speakers offered a wealth of data that show a college textbook market moving slowly but surely to digital delivery, the rise of, and illicit support for, shadow digital libraries and the growing popularity of digital learning systems offering interactivity and analytics as well traditional content. The textbook market was about $7.4 billion in 2012; prices for new textbooks, about 2/3 of the market, continued to rise while used book prices held steady in the face of even cheaper alternatives such as rental textbooks.”

via Publishers Weekly

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A user-centered approach to developing digital collection websites

“Over the past two years, the Digital Library Systems and Services department at SUL has developed a user-centered approach to building websites.  Our methodology involves early and iterative feedback from the primary audience of SUL’s web resources – academic researchers.  The intended result is web applications that help users achieve their research goals while at the same time increasing the efficiency of the software development process (thus, lowering the time to development and the cost). By way of example, in the fall and winter of 2012/13, DLSS had the formidable task of developing three sophisticated and specialized online collection websites in the span of six months.  In addition to successfully completing these projects on-time and on-budget, a secondary goal was to develop a framework for rapidly developing additional collection websites using proven design elements, common patterns of user interaction, and modular code that could be easily reused.”

via Stanford University Libraries

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Digital libraries growing trend in campuses around nation

“In an age when people can store the entire bestseller list in technology that fits in the palm of their hand, the future of ink and paper books appears questionable. This fall, the digital library idea will be tested on a large scale in San Antonio, Texas following previous failed launches across the nation. On a smaller scale, K-State has already dabbled in the world of electronic books at several campus libraries, with the potential to expand in the future.

In 2000, K-State first pioneered its use of digital library technology in the Fiedler Engineering Library, located in the Durland Engineering Complex.”

via The Collegian

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ProQuest and Bibliothèque National de France Advance Access to Important and Rare Works via Early European Books ProgramWorks via Early European Books Program

“ProQuest and the Bibliothèque national de France BnF in Paris are joining forces to expand access to the Librarys rich historical treasures. As part of its Early European Books program, ProQuest will digitize about 70,000 volumes from BnFs collection of European books printed before 1700. The collection, which is world renowned for its breadth and quality, includes 3,000 works printed before 1501, providing researchers with simple, online insight into early European history and culture.”When we speak to users of Early European Books around the world, the Bibliothèque national de France is one of the most-requested sources of content,” said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest Vice-President, Information Solutions. “This collection represents centuries of effort to acquire and preserve books on all manner of subjects. It is thrilling for us to be able to work with such a prestigious institution and to make this content easily available to researchers across the globe.”

via ProQuestPress Release

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USC Libraries establish new digital site

“The USC Libraries have launched a new version of the USC Digital Library, providing improved search and discovery tools to help the USC community integrate digital collections more easily into teaching, learning and research. Several recently digitized collections are available now, and more will come online throughout the remainder of this year and early next year. New and upgraded research capabilities include fully searchable text for every page of every document, supplementing the metadata developed by the libraries to describe the content of the Digital Library. This combination creates a richer corpus of descriptive text that supports discovery of relevant digital materials.”

via USC News

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Macbeth Goes Digital: Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Digital Texts

“This past Thursday, the Folger Shakespeare Library launched Folger Digital Texts, a platform with easily searchable digital editions of 12 of the Bard’s best-known plays. While Shakespeare’s work has been in the public domain for the past few centuries, The Folger Library, according to a press release, hopes that this digitization will “significantly advance digital humanities research into the works of Shakespeare and other writers of his time.” Folger’s new platform allows users to download both PDFs of the plays and the source code of the texts. The goal here, like that of other new programs such as Rijksstudio, is to allow users to reuse and remix.”

via Digital Public Library of America

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Minnesota joins project to centralize nation’s digital libraries

“Minnesota is joining a pilot project to combine and centralize the country’s digital library collections. The Minnesota Digital Library, a collaboration of the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society and other institutions, will be an early contributor to the Digital Public Library of America, or DPLA. The Minnesota Digital Library will receive $350,000 in grant money to take part in the project.”

via Minnesota Public Radio

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Chronicling America Posts 5 Millionth Page

“The Chronicling America website, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, a free, searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 5 millionth page. Launched by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, Chronicling America provides enhanced and permanent access to historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922. It is a part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between the two agencies and 32 state partners. “This magnificent resource captures the warp and weft of life as it was lived in grassroots America,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach. “Metropolitan newspapers were early targets for digitization, but Chronicling America allows the journalism of the smaller cities and the rural countryside to become accessible in all its variety—and sometimes, quirkiness.”

via Library of Congress

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New ALA e-books and digital content website highlights business models and access issues

“The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the release of a new website that provides links to resources on all aspects of e-books and digital content in libraries. The website, part of the Transforming Libraries initiative, supports the work of the ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group. “The Transforming Libraries website was created to support the immediate and ongoing demands put on libraries in a digital environment that continues to expand at warp speed,” said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. “The new site offers a robust collection of resources that address the diverse digital content issues with which we currently wrestle, and will continue to grow and evolve into the authoritative resource for information on all aspects of the digital revolution. This will include research, tutorials, networking and other resources for libraries of all types.”

via American Libraries Magazine

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