December 13, 2017

Digital Preservation: “India, France Enter MoU on Digitization of Old Manuscripts”

From iGovernment: India and France today entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on digital preservation and conservation of rare written documents, archives and manuscripts. The two countries signed the MoU to conserve, develop and publicize written heritage at the National Library in Kolkata, a statement here said. [Clip] Sreya Guha, Joint Secretary (Library) in the […]

40 Million Pages: NY Times Reports on the Harvard Law School Library’s “Free the Law” Digitization Project

From the The NY Times: Now, in a digital-age sacrifice intended to serve grand intentions, the Harvard librarians are slicing off the spines of all but the rarest volumes and feeding some 40 million pages through a high-speed scanner. They are taking this once unthinkable step to create a complete, searchable database of American case […]

News Roundup

1. Ancestry Mexico Launches with More Than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records 2. Renaissance Society of America Cancels Subscription to ProQuest’s Early English Books Online (EEBO) Renaissance Society explains why they ended subscription. 3. Elsevier Awarded U.S. Patent For Electronic Document Organization The patent was announced today.

Video: Graphic Novels Panel Discussions Recorded at 2015 National Book Festival Now Available Online

Posted online today by the Library of Congress. The 2015 National Book Festival took place in Washington, DC on September 5, 2015. Text transcripts of both panels are also available and linked below. Panel One Michael Cavna moderates a panel on comics and cartooning featuring Keith Knight, Lalo Alcara &, Scott Stantis at the 2015 […]

Canada: “Massive Archive of Yukon Aerial Photos Now Online”

From the CBC: It’s a treasure trove of sometimes striking historic photos of Yukon’s geography and it’s slowly making its way online. The territorial government has so far digitized more than 10,000 aerial photos taken across the Yukon and the work’s barely begun. Some photos are just a few years old, while others date to the 1940s. “We’re getting close to having […]

Vietnam: “Ho Chi Minh City Library Attracts Local Youth With Newly-Opened Library 2.0″

From Tuoi Tre News: A new modern library space has recently opened at the Ho Chi Minh City General Sciences Library, offering a new place for young Vietnamese readers. [Clip] Located inside the Ho Chi Minh City General Sciences Library at 69 Ly Tu Trong Street in District 1, the S.hub space is the first […]

New Article: “Can Data Help Save MOOCs?”

From The Stanford Daily: Despite low completion rates, student isolation and imbalanced demographics, leaders in the field of online learning feel confident that the availability of user data will lead to significant improvements in the future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Stanford’s Andreas Paepcke, professor of computer science, works with user-generated data gathered from […]

Education Center Will Open Next Year Inside the Indiana State Library

From the Indiana State Library: Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) Commissioner Jessica Robertson and Jason Larrison, state architect with the IDOA’s Public Works Division, today announced the official plans for the new State House Education Center during the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Scheduled to open in October 2016, the State House Education Center will serve as […]

OCLC Publishes FY15 Annual Report

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The OCLC FY2015 annual report is titled, Moving Forward With Purpose. Direct to Full Text Report (Web Version) Direct to Full Text Report (34 pages; PDF Version) From an Introductory Letter by OCLC CEO, Skip Prichard: OCLC has the healthy financial position necessary to make these kinds of breakthroughs. We manage our resources and investments […]

Data, Access, Transparency: U.S. Releases Third Open Government National Action Plan With 40 New or Expanded Initiatives

From The White House Blog: [Yesterday] the United States released our third Open Government National Action Plan, announcing more than 40 new or expanded initiatives to advance the President’s commitment to an open and citizen-centered government. The release is part of our membership in the Open Government Partnership — launched by President Obama and seven […]