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Digitization Projects: The British Library and Qatar Foundation to Digitise Half a Million Pages
July 19, 2012 | 8:50 am

Infodocket From the BL: The £8.7 million project was announced this morning at the British Library’s flagship building in St Pancras, London. Its plans will digitise more than 500,000 pages from the archives of the East India Company and India Office, in addition to 25,000 pages of medieval Arabic manuscripts – all of which will be made freely available online for the first time. The digitisation will take place over the next three years at the British Library, in close cooperation with the new Qatar National Library, and much information will be available in both Arabic and English. Once live, the site will...

Highlights From HathiTrust Activities Update (June 2012)
July 17, 2012 | 9:18 am

Infodocket The latest HathiTrust Update (June 2012) is now online. Here are a few highlights. You can access the complete issue here. HathiTrust has updated its bibliographic metadata specifications and minimum bibliographic metadata requirements in preparation for moving to Zephir (under development by California Digital Library) as the bibliographic metadata management system for HathiTrust. The requirements are in effect immediately for institutions that have not previously deposited content in HathiTrust. The University of Michigan made the first iteration of tools available to aid institutions in transforming, validating, and packaging digital content for deposit in HathiTrust. The tools can be downloaded at http://www.hathitrust.org/ingest_tools. Michigan staff...

New Peer-Reviewed eBook From the University of Minnesota Provides Examples of Successful Uses of Info Tech in Classroom
July 13, 2012 | 8:41 am

Infodocket The ebook is free to download. From the Committee on Institutional Cooperation: More than 100 faculty and staff and more than 20 graduate and undergraduate students from 51 units across the U of M compiled their tech stories and perspectives into a unique eBook: Cultivating Change in the Academy: 50+ Stories from the Digital Frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012. Faculty used technology and crowd-sourcing to overcome traditional barriers between colleges and disciplines in order to bring new thought to the form of a peer-reviewed online publication. The result was a peer-reviewed and online book published in only three months....

Full Text Book Available Online (Free): “Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine”
July 12, 2012 | 8:52 am

Infodocket Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is available FREE (122 pages; PDF) and/or for $31.24 from Amazon. It was published in April. A new article in NLM In Focus provides some highlights along with comments from the editor. ‘If I have a gift for anything, it’s that I love to find obscure and wonderful things,’ says Michael Sappol, PhD, a curator-historian at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). He proves that talent as editor of the new book, Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, which showcases the world’s largest medical library and its remarkable collection. Sappol calls the book a ‘wonderful...

ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group Releases DRM “Tip Sheet”
July 11, 2012 | 8:32 am

Infodocket ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working has just released a ‘tip sheet’ that ALA says, ‘provides background on digital rights management—systems producers, publishers and vendors use to control what users can do with electronic files, such as e-books, DVD films, and other media.’ Direct to New Tip Sheet (PDF) The tip sheet was written for both librarians, library users, and other interested parties. Learn More from ALA’s e-Content Blog and ALA’s District Dispatch. (Via LJ INFOdocket.)...

History: Library and Archives Canada Releases Digitized Newsreel Content
July 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

Screen Shot 2012 05 18 at 9 42 26 AM From LAC: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a heritage film on its YouTube channel. The silent film The Tide of Immigration is part of our heritage and the Canadian National Pictorial Series. The film is a compilation of various newsreels, produced from 1919 to 1921, depicting the lives of immigrants in Canada. " (Via LJ INFOdocket.)...

Project Gutenberg Hits 40,000 Titles! + Launch of Gutenberg Self-Publishing Portal
July 9, 2012 | 9:38 am

Screen Shot 2012 05 18 at 9 42 26 AM Congrats to all of those people involved with Project Gutenberg on reaching the 40K title milestone! From PG News: With little fanfare, Project Gutenberg reached #40000 in its eBook series; Extinct Birds: an attempt to unite in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times: that is, within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction, by Walter Rothschild. Extinct Birds covers globally extinct and rare birds as well as hypothetical extinct species which include bird taxa which existence are only...

New Collection of Historic U.S. Documents Will Soon Be Available Online
July 6, 2012 | 2:51 am

Infodocket From CBS Philadelphia: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is beginning the daunting project of bringing its collection of documents from past centuries into the current one. In early 2013, the first chapter of the Preserving American Freedom project will be online. The project will be funded by a grant from Bank of America and will present 50 of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s most treasured documents. Read the Complete Report Additional Details in the News Release Documents that are part of Preserving American Freedom include: William Penn’s 1682 deed with the Delaware Indians A 1765 resolution from the Stamp Act Congress Handwritten draft of the Constitution A ‘Declaration of Liberty’...

A Look at the The National Library of Norway’s Digital Newspaper Service
July 2, 2012 | 7:40 am

Infodocket This following article appears in the latest issue of Scandinavian Libraries. From the Article: In 2011, the National Library of Norway launched a new digital newspaper service (www.nb.no/aviser). The service is free of charge, and all Norwegian libraries can access the newspapers with which the National Library has an agreement. Since the autumn of 2006, the National Library has collaborated with a number of Norwegian newspapers on digitization and digital submission. New newspapers are submitted to the National Library in a high quality digital format, while the National Library and the newspapers share the costs involved in digitizing the older issues. Under the...

USC Shoah Foundation Completes Preservation/Digitization of Nearly 52,000 Holocaust Testimonies
June 29, 2012 | 9:06 am

Infodocket From the USC Shoah Foundation (via PR Newswire): The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its Visual History Archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. [Clip] The Institute recorded the testimonies on 235,005 Betacam SP videotapes between 1994 and 1999. All physical media-storage formats experience data rot at some point in time; conservative estimates give shelf lives of 50 years for film, 20 years for videotape, and five years for hard drives before visual content shows signs of age-related damage.  In 2008, with funding from the...

Author Signings are Going Digital
June 27, 2012 | 9:06 am

Infodocket From NorthJersey.com/The Record: While a signature on a screen might never be the same as pen on paper for some, to others, book signings are about the experience and the memento. If that memory is stored in a digital file instead of a shelf, well, that only adds portability to the fun and bragging rights. While digital signings (or signings of e-readers along with print books) are not the norm in North Jersey yet, expect to see some sooner than later. At the Book Expo America (BEA) convention this week in Manhattan, at least 15 signings will be digital. Many of those will...

Reference: Britain from Above Launches, A Collection of 16,000 Historical Aerial Images (1919-1953)
June 26, 2012 | 9:30 am

Infodocket Images were taken between 1919-1953 From The Telegraph: More than 15,000 images from one of the earliest and most significant collections of aerial photography of Britain are now freely accessible online for the first time. The photos on the Britain from Above website, launched today, have gone through a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing. Direct to Britain from Above Additional Details: The Britain from Above website is launched today – 25 June 2012 – by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales. It features some of the oldest and most valuable images of the Aerofilms Collection,...

New Briefing Paper Looks at JISC’s Work in Developing Digital Literacy
June 25, 2012 | 9:06 am

Infodocket A look at the work being done by JISC in the UK. Universities and colleges have an increasing responsibility to develop digitally literate graduates in order to meet student expectations and the demands of employers, in addition to addressing wider concerns regarding the competitiveness of the UK workforce in global markets. There is also a recognised need for further and higher education institutions to develop a digitally literate workforce, ensuring that all staff acquire the digital professional expertise needed in an environment in which research, teaching, administration and academic practices are increasingly mediated by digital technologies. The JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme...

Pew Internet Releases New Report: “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books”
June 22, 2012 | 8:50 am

Infodocket In early April the Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report about about ebook usage in the United States. Although libraries were mentioned/discussed throughout this report, the primary focus of the report was not libraries. Today, Pew Internet is out with a NEW report that focuses solely on library patron (public library patrons to be specific) usage of ebooks and some related issues. Kudos to Pew for the broad picture since libraries are about more than ebooks. The report runs 80 pages. Direct to Full Text Report: Libraries, patrons, and e-books What follows are some noteworthy findings from the report along with some...

New game for Kindle Touch, Throw in the Vowel, and a look at new Kindle software coming soon
June 22, 2012 | 8:42 am

Throw in the Vowel a Kindle word game From the Me and My Kindle blog.  Some neat stuff coming for the Kindle Touch: If you own a Kindle Touch, here’s two very important announcements.  First, Amazon’s Kindle Store finally got a Kindle Touch version of a new word game this week. It’s called “Throw in the Vowel” — I’m the game’s co-author — and it was released in February for all the other Kindle models. But this Kindle Touch version is even easier to play, since you just tap your finger to make choices on the screen. And unlike some games, you don’t even have to type in the letters in the...

Bibliotheca to Begin Commercializing Douglas County Libraries eBook Model, Launching eBook Division
June 21, 2012 | 8:54 am

Infodocket Biblotheca is a leading supplier of RFID services. Today, the company announced the launch a new ebook division that will be led by Monique Sendze, who was formerly the Associate Director of Information Technology at the Douglas County, CO Libraries. The new service is scheduled to launch at the beginning of 2013. From a Bibliotheca Announcement: The company will build upon the concepts originally designed and developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO (DCL) to enable libraries, first in North America and then around the globe, to meet the many challenges that the emerging world of eBooks presents. Monique Sendze, Associate Director of Information...

New Report: “EPUB for Archival Preservation”
June 19, 2012 | 9:12 am

Infodocket New from the KB/National Library of the Netherlands Departments of Collection and Collection Care. Written by Johan van der Knijff. From the Introduction: Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number of publishers have indicated their wish to use EPUB for supplying their electronic publications to the KB [National Library of the Netherlands]. In response to this, the KB’s Departments of Collection and Collection Care requested an initial study to investigate the suitability of the format for archival preservation. The main questions were: + What are the main characteristics of EPUB? + What functionality does EPUB...

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