December 16, 2017

Digital Libraries: New Promo Video About Europeana from European Commission

The European Commission (via EC Audiovisual Services) has released a new video report/promo about Europeana. It focuses on several roadshows where EC residents can share materials and stories for inclusion in the Europeana database. The video runs 2:39. Direct to Video

University of North Carolina: Grant Will Preserve More than 1600 Hours of Rare American Music Recordings

From UNC Library News: Dolly Parton’s first recording is among the items that the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) in the Wilson Special Collections Library will preserve, thanks to a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $131,765, three-year grant is called “From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music.” It […]

Israel’s National Library Director Pledges to Place Disputed Kafka Manuscripts on Internet

via Haaretz: The National Library in Jerusalem has prepared a program for handling Franz Kafka’s manuscripts and promises to make them and other rare collections available on the Internet. However, the court has yet to rule on the fate of the Czech writer’s manuscripts. The manuscripts, part of the literary estate of Kafka’s close friend […]

EBSCO Discovery Service Adds the Complete Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset Released Last Week

The Harvard Library dataset was released on April 24th. Here’s our post and links to resources. Now, today’s news from EBSCO: Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset contains 12 million open-access catalog records from Harvard’s 73 libraries. The metadata in the Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset has been created, acquired and modified over decades and includes bibliographic information […]

The Europeana Newspapers Project Website Goes Live

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The project was first announced in February. via LIBER: The newest LIBER’s project’s website has been launched in co-operation with the Berlin State Library, the Europeana Newspapers project leader. The Europeana Newspapers project aims at the aggregation and refinement of newspapers for The European Library and Europeana. Direct to the New Web Site See Also: Europe: More Than 10 Million […]

“A Peek Inside USDA’s Massive Digital Library Project”

From FierceGovernmentIT: Two and half years ago the Agriculture Department started work on a project it hopes will combine 10 databases of reference material, creating integrated search and alerts for at least 100 million records. Now, after bringing together seven legacy platforms–some utilizing systems that date back to the 1980’s–USDA’s DigiTop e-world houses a total […]

University of Florida Libraries Receive $265,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Build Online Collection

From the University of Florida: To prepare for the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 2015, the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries has been awarded $265,000 to build an online collection of hidden and fragile resources related to colonial St. Augustine. [Clip] The “Unearthing St. Augustine” grant, led by project […]

LA Times Op-Ed by Pamela Samuelson: “A Universal Digital Library is Within Reach”

Pamela Samuelson is a professor at the Berkeley Law School & the UC Berkeley School of Information. Samuelson is also the director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. From the LA Times Op-Ed: Ideally, a digital library would provide access not only to books free from copyright constraints (those published before 1923), but […]

Music: John Peel’s Record Collection Launches Online Tomorrow (Tuesday)

UPDATE: The site is now live. Video Introduction Direct to Site The digitized collection of the legendary BBC disc jockey and journalist goes live tomorrow (Tuesday). Learn more about John Peel. From The Guardian: John Peel‘s record collection is about to go online. Starting on Tuesday, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts will begin […]

Research: “Quality Assurance for Digital Book Collections” (Automated Identification)

From the Open Planets Foundation Blog: Automated identification of corresponding images and duplicate removal is a challenging task due to inconsistent quality of digitized book collections. Validating such collections based on qualitative criteria is a challenging endeavor according to the sheer amount of data that has to be processed. Traditional approaches seem to have peaked […]