Tag Archives: Digital Libraries

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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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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