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National digital library endowment proposal makes Education Week
May 13, 2015 | 6:25 pm

edWeekEndowmentLibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education---not just philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy) and libraries (Library Journal). Education Week has published a 1,300-word essay with a home-page link. Also to be reproduced in the print edition, the article is a collaboration between me and Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium. Jim is offering his personal views. The beginning: As a boy, Warren Buffett is said to have read book after book on money. Thankfully, he did not live in Los Angeles and rely on the library at Roy Romer Middle...

The world’s largest ever indoor photo – and it’s a library
September 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

One of the most monumental photographs ever made, and still apparently the largest single indoor image (by information density) ever created, is in fact the interior of a library. The Strahov Philosophical Library in Prague dates back to the 18th century, part of an older monastery complex founded in the early Middle Ages, and contains "approximately 200,000 volumes, estimated to hold 260,000 works," as well as rare manuscripts and other treasures. And it's also the subject of a huge 40-gigapixel panoramic view, "the largest indoor Photo in the world as of March 2011," put together from a mosaic of images that...

Put your e-books on a shelf with Digital Library Wallpaper
June 4, 2014 | 5:42 pm

vodafone-digital-library-wallpaperOne of the problems paper bibliophiles often cite in e-books is that you can’t show off your e-book collection on your shelves. It’s all hidden inside a computer. But Engaget reports that Vodaphone Romania has found a clever way around that as part of its own e-book lending program. which it calls Digital Library Wallpaper. Customers can go to Vodaphone’s web site, pick out the books they want, and then have a big wallpaper “shelf” printed that has book decorations and scannable QR codes on it so that they, or their friends who are visiting, can load the books onto...

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America
October 29, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library ConsortiumWhat kind of national digital library system---or systems, plural---should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America the solution with its “one big tent” approach for public and academic libraries? With museums even included? Or do we need intertwined but separate public and academic systems, so literacy issues, K-12 needs, related digital divide matters, and other national concerns do not fall through the cracks? Could a national digital library endowment, started mostly with philanthropic donations...

Family literacy and K-12 success: How a well-stocked public e-library system for the U.S. could help our students catch up with ‘The Smartest Kids in the World’
October 21, 2013 | 5:48 pm

smartestkidsvideoAmanda Ripley, who has written on education for Time Magazine and the Atlantic, is out with a new book that might upset some traditional PTA stalwarts and other boosters of after-school activities if they don’t pick up the nuances about literacy here. No, Ms. Ripley, a fellow at the New American Foundation, isn’t anti-PTA. She appreciates “the contributions” that a local PTA chapter can make to a “school's culture, budget, and sense of community." But in The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way (video here), she asks whether American mothers and fathers shouldn’t increase time for another activity---enjoying...

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise
October 18, 2013 | 6:26 pm

FireVergeWant to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to go with? In those cases and others, the guidance here is for you. Most tips will work even with low-cost, no-name tablets. But let’s pay special attention to the new Kindle Fire HDXes. They are among the top choices if you care more about reading than about tech and can stomach...

Neil Gaiman speaks in Reading Agency lectures: reading prevents crime, closing libraries steals future
October 15, 2013 | 1:05 pm

neil gaimanOne of Britain's most respected and best-loved authors worldwide, Neil Gaiman, spoke last night on literacy and libraries at the second Reading Agency lecture in London, on behalf of this UK charity "with a mission to inspire more people to read more," especially in partnership with libraries. And he drew direct correlations between literacy, reading habits and crime levels, and warned of the folly of closing libraries for short-term budgetary ends. Much of Gaiman's lecture, though, was devoted to encouraging the habit and love of reading. "I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. Every...

The wonderful, virtual world of Minecraft libraries
September 13, 2013 | 4:12 pm

As few geeks will need telling, Minecraft is the virtual world's answer to Lego, allowing users to build online (and often cooperatively) just about anything they can imagine. And as you might guess, with over 33 million users as of early September 2013, quite a few libraries have been built in the course of community construction. Now some enterprising librarians have gone one step further by using Minecraft to actually build virtual analogs of their own real libraries, delighting their readers. Minecraft already offers books and bookshelves as part of its standard ... ahem ... off-the-shelf toolkit, and written books actually...

Is Holland’s DOK Delft the most advanced library in the world?
August 19, 2013 | 11:28 am

The Netherlands has thrown up one of the more inspiring pieces of modern library design in the shape of Bibliotheek DOK (Library Concept Center) in Vermeer's old home city of Delft. According to the library architecture resource Celsius, DOK Delft was built "to become and remain the most advanced library in the world," after the old Delft library was deemed too small and inaccessible for the town's citizens. The result includes just about every AV, multimedia and connected resource conceivable, as well as printed books. "DOK is a modern, inspiring place where your books, music, movies, games and art borrows and information searching,"...

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here’s the Answer
January 1, 2013 | 9:15 am

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder of a federal judge. Some 400+ D.C. library users awaited 60 electronic copies of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the best-selling fiction title on the New York Times list. And a digital version of The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling, was not even in the catalog of the D.C. public library system. Could a well-stocked national digital library system—in...

Cambridge Digital Library puts Isaac Newton’s papers online
December 13, 2011 | 9:11 am

Screen Shot 2011 12 13 at 9 09 59 AMYou can find it all here.  ...

National Library of France revamps online search
March 17, 2011 | 11:11 am

Images From Information Age: The Bibliothèque nationale de France has revamped the search engine for its online library, Gallica. Founded in 1997, the site contains over 120,000 volumes and thousands of image and recordings. In a bid to improve the accessibility of Gallica, the institution selected search software from French vendor Exalead. According to the supplier, the chosen search platform contains semantic functionality and the ability to index unstructured data. From Exalead: To date, the BnF has digitized more than one million works, including books, maps, manuscripts, images, periodicals, scores and sound recordings, and made...

International Music Score Library Project for free music scores
March 16, 2011 | 11:32 am

Screen shot 2011 03 16 at 11 30 13 AM Here's what they say about themselves: Welcome to the portal page of the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)! We at the IMSLP believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. For this purpose we have created a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access, with several other projects in planning. IMSLP is also entirely collaborative, and all contributions are greatly welcome. You can browse by composer (aphabetical), composer (time period), instrumentation, genre, recordings by composer.  As of March 15, they have 88,000 scores and 5,000...

Hebrew University’s Einstein Archives To Go Online
March 15, 2011 | 10:28 am

Einstein From an Article by Ben Hartman (Jerusalem Post): Albert Einstein will go digital in the coming months, as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem begins a project to digitize the German-Jewish physicist’s archives. The digitization is expected to take around one year and then the over 80,000 documents will be available on the Albert Einstein Archives website. News of the initiative, which will be made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Polonsky Foundation of London, was announced on Monday, the 131st anniversary of Einstein’s birth in the town of Ulm in what is today Southern Germany. [Clip] He left his entire archives to...

Abu Dhabi National Library joins World Digital Library
February 21, 2011 | 9:43 am

Index From an Article in The National (Abu Dhabi): To the outside world, familiar with the UAE for its modern skyscrapers and luxury hotels, rare colour snapshots of the capital taken almost 50 years ago provide a valuable insight into the country’s past. Until now those images, as well as hundreds of other historical documents, could be seen only in the archives of the National Library. Now, thanks to an agreement between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) and the World Digital Library (WDL), more of this invaluable historical material will be available...

Moles to the rescue in Finland – digitizing for the library
February 8, 2011 | 11:40 am

The National Library of Finland is trying to digitize its archives and has asked the public for help. Digitalkoot is a joint project with the National Library of Finland and Microtask. Our goal is to index these archives so that they are searchable on the Internet. This will enable everyone to easily access our cultural heritage. You can help us by playing games. In the games, you fix words of old Finnish newspapers stored in the newspaper archive of the National Library. This greatly increases the accuracy of text-bases searches in the newspaper archive. Most of the material of the newspaper archive has already...

All of Icelandic literature to go online?
January 28, 2011 | 8:32 pm

From the Internet Archive Blog: Þorsteinn Hallgrímsson, formerly of the National Library of Iceland had a big idea:  digitize all Icelandic literature all the way to the current day and make it available to everyone interested in reading it. The Internet Archive was eager to be a part of this bold vision. I am in Iceland now, and because the financial crisis and Icelandic reaction to theUS Department of Justice’s subpoenaing the tweets and facebook account of a sitting member of the Icelandic Parliament, this project may have the momentum it needs to happen. Ingibjörg Steinunn Sverrisdóttir the National Librarian, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the Minister...

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