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It’s time for USC to follow Harvard’s lead in digitizing libraries

“Last week, Harvard Law School announced its “Free the Law” project, a program aimed at making one of the world’s largest collections of United States case law entirely free, digitized and publicly accessible. Harvard is partnering with Ravel Law, an online legal search platform, to scan a total of 40,000 books and distribute the documents on the internet by 2017. This is a momentous victory for those in favor of more widely accessible information. Though the information will not be fully publicly available until 2023, the movement to provide free and comprehensive legal documents is cause enough to celebrate. As Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law at Harvard, put it: “Libraries were founded as an engine for the democratization of knowledge … The materials in the [Harvard] library’s collection tell a story that goes back to the founding of America, and we’re proud to preserve and share that story.” (via Daily Trojan)

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Patrons of the pages conserve rare books at USC Libraries

“Looking for a unique gift? Consider an old book — like, say, a 1677 edition of Thomas Hobbes’ Latin translation of Homer’s poems “Iliad” and “Odyssey.” That’s what Bob and Bano Pozin gave their daughter when she started her freshman year at USC. OK, they didn’t actually give her the rare book — a jewel in the USC Libraries’ Special Collections. Rather, they sponsored its conservation in her honor. The USC Shelf Life program pairs special library books with devoted readers. For $150 or more, anyone can support a treasured work. In addition to meticulous conservation, the chosen book gets its own cloth-lined, marble-papered box inscribed with a commemorative nameplate. The restoration also becomes part of the book’s permanent record in the digital catalogue.” (via USC News)

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University of Southern California Libraries Join Digital Public Library of America as a Content Hub

“The University of Southern California Libraries have become the first library in California to partner with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as a content hub. USC has contributed more than 250,000 items from the USC Digital Library to the DPLA, including photographs, text documents, moving images, and digital audio, all of which are now accessible to the DPLA’s global audience of scholars, students, and public researchers. Launched in April, the DPLA’s collection comprises more than 2.8 million items, creating a unified, massive, scholarly and cultural resource for the study of the United States’ digitized heritage. The newly added USC Libraries’ collections will more than quadruple the amount of material available through the DPLA relating to the history of Los Angeles and Southern California.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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USC Libraries digitizes all student publications

“The home page to the new Trojan Family Archive, a collaboration between the USC Libraries and Alumni Association to digitize all Daily Trojan and El Rodeo editions online, officially launched today. The Daily Trojan, which has been published daily since 1912, currently has 11,978 issues online while El Rodeo, which has been published most years since 1898, has 83 volumes uploaded.”

via Daily Trojan

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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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