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Harvard uncovers its (human) hidebound collections
March 29, 2014 | 12:30 pm

The Harvard Crimson, college newspaper of Harvard College, shared a report that may make some more anxiously await the final ebook takeover. Because there's always the risk in a print library of one day laying your hands on a book bound in human skin. The practice of binding books in human skin is known as anthropodermic bibliopegy, and is definitely recognized, though rare. Ivy League schools, for some reason, are especially associated with it - which perhaps explains something about those Skull and Bones urban legends. The book illustrated here, though, is from England, bound in the skin of Father Henry Garnet,...

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...

The Suicide of Computer Genius Aaron Swartz: Time for presidential peacemaking in the online copyright wars
January 14, 2013 | 10:03 am

After Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American Harvard professor, was erroneously arrested for breaking and entering, Barack Obama spoke up. The President at first overdid his criticism of the police, but in the end played the meritable role of peacemaker, inviting both Prof. Gates and the arresting policeman to the White House for a “Beer Summit.” In time, Sgt. James Crowley even gave Prof. Gates a pair of the handcuffs used on the professor. Now President Obama should help make peace in a separate Cambridge case and consider another “Beer Summit”—in fact a whole series—between copyright lobbyists and America’s librarians, educators and consumer activists. Dead in the copyright...

A Look at Several Recently Digitized Books From Harvard’s Houghton Library
March 27, 2012 | 9:33 am

Infodocket From the Houghton Library Blog: An exciting array of materials have recently been digitized at Houghton. They include manuscript material from Joanna Baillie, George Eliot, John Keats, Charles Lamb, Percy Shelley, Robert Southey, Alfred Tennyson, Hester Thrale and George Washington. A 15th century breviary and Belgian incunable, multiple musical scores, cartoons, broadsides and more may also be viewed fully online. Houghton Library is the primary repository for Harvard’s rare books and manuscripts. The collections of the Houghton Library focus on the study of Western civilization. Materials relating to American, Continental, and English history and literature comprise the bulk of these collections and include special...

Harvard University press partners with DeGruyter for ebook sales, by Sue Polanka
January 5, 2012 | 10:01 am

Nsr small DeGruyter and Harvard University Press just announced a new collaboration.  DeGruyter will serve as a sales partner for HUP’s eBook collection, both front and backlist.  The titles will be available on DeGruyter’s recently released interface which integrates book, journal, and databank content.  More information on the announcement is in the press release at the bottom of this post.  I was able to ask Sven Fund, CEO of DeGruyter, additional questions about the collaboration, to which he responded: How did this partnership with Harvard come about? De Gruyter is in regular communication with partners in the industry, of course...

Digital Public Library of America – smart appointment by Harvard-based library initiative
August 11, 2011 | 5:10 pm

imageA small-town public librarian has been missing from thesteering committee of the Digital Public Library of America—a troubling omission we’ve noted several times since the DPLA’s founding last year. But now the Harvard-based DPLA has filled in the gap with the appointment of Dwight McInvaill, Director of theGeorgetown County Library in a rural and costal area of South Carolina. Great move. McInvaill has won national recognition for working with other cultural agencies todigitally preserve old photos, maps and other local content, including newspapers. A press release from the Carnegie Corporation also mentions his interest in literacy issues: "To combat at its roots a county illiteracy rate approaching...

Flaws of Harvard-hosted Digital ‘Public’ Library of America: Too secretive, too oligarchical & not responsive enough
June 17, 2011 | 9:35 am

imageA fashionable line in the media these days is, “Elections have consequences.” So does governance, whether of the local Rotary Club, the United States of America, or a Harvard-hosted group serving as a quasi-shaper of national digital library policy. Alas, the so-called Digital “Public” Library of America has refused to live up to the P word. It would not let me attend a meeting across the Potomac from me even though the financial cost to the group would have been zilch and my library views have appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Chronicle of Higher Education and LibraryJournal.com. I couldn’t even be a...

Harvard announces research/planning initiative for a “Digital Public Library of America”
December 14, 2010 | 9:15 am

Screen shot 2010-12-14 at 9.13.51 AM.png A National Digital Public Library that Harvard Library Director, Professor Robert Darnton has been talking and writing about for many months and others (for example, TeleRead Founder David Rothman have been talking and writing about for years) will soon be the topic of a research and planning initiative that will be hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard University Law School. From the Berkman Center Web Site: With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Berkman will convene a large and diverse group of stakeholders in a planning program to define the scope, architecture, costs and administration...

Judicial nominations in the Internet age
May 17, 2010 | 9:55 am

elena-kagan Chris Good has an interesting piece in the Atlantic (found via Slashdot) pointing out one of the unforeseen consequences of the digital age on the nominations of judicial appointees such as Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Nominees to the Supreme Court and other high-profile judicial positions must provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of everything they’ve ever written or said publicly. It used to be that this was a relatively simple and straightforward thing—but thanks to Lexis-Nexis and the Internet, not only is it possible to find a lot more pre-existing media, but there are also...

Daniel Reetz on book scanning
March 26, 2010 | 9:31 am

Screen shot 2010-03-26 at 9.25.17 AM.pngDaniel Reetz- an artist and a Ph.D student studying visual neuroscience – recently developed a high-speed book scanning system using open source technology, cheap cameras, and garbage (which we covered here). Now Harvard has a video of a talk by him at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Unfortunately it can't be embedded so take a look here. Thanks to Resource Shelf for the heads up....