April 23, 2014

Well Deserved Praise for Brewster Kahle

The following comments (and more) appear in a Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia) column by Dave Obee. Brewster and his wife were visiting Vancouver Island earlier this week. We 100% agree with what Obee has to say. From a Times Colonist Column: Brewster Kahle is the type of person we all should admire – he’s […]

Brown University: John Carter Brown Library Puts Historic Documents Online

John Carter Brown Library

From The Brown Daily Herald: The John Carter Brown Library is home to more than 50,000 rare books and 16,000 reference books and secondary sources. But due to the changing nature of students’ study habits and library restrictions to protect its books, most of these resources remain vastly underused. In an effort to make its […]

Internet Archive Launches All-HD Collection of 35mm Stock Footage (Free)

via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing: Rick Prelinger sez: I’m delighted to let everyone know about our newest Internet Archive collection which, for want of a cooler title, we’re calling 35mm Stock Footage. Digitized from 35mm original negatives and release prints dating back to the first decade of the 20th century, these unedited sequences were shot […]

Audio: Internet Archive Founder Brewster Kahle Interviewed on Canada's CBC Radio

Internet archivist Brewster Kahle chatted with host Jim Brown during CBC’s “Q” program on Tuesday morning. You can listen to the  . It begins at 1:51 in the program and runs about 14 minutes. Some of What’s Discussed: The “doability” of creating the IA Physical Archive Why preserving print books is important (interesting comments about […]

The Internet Archive's "Physical Archive" Profiled in New York Times

From the NY Times Article, “In a Flood Tide of Digital Data, an Ark Full of Books”: Forty-foot shipping containers stacked two by two are stuffed with the most enduring, as well as some of the most forgettable, books of the era. Every week, 20,000 new volumes arrive, many of them donations from libraries and […]

Montana: "New State Librarian Leads Digitization"

From the Helena Independent Record: Not that long ago, the Montana State Library, in charge of making state documents available to the public, circulated just a few hundred publications outside its walls each year. Now, in just the past three months, the library has circulated some 18,000 digital documents, and what’s available is vast: state […]

Digitization: Montreal's Jewish Public Library Yiddish Audio Collection to Go Digital

From The Canadian Jewish News Thousands of hours of Yiddish audio books and literary programming taped at the Jewish Public Library (JPL) from at least the early 1950s are about to enter the digital age. [Clip] The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., has embarked on a two-year project to remaster and digitize these cassettes […]

Internet Archive Will "Go Dark" For 12 Hours Tommorrow to Protest/Raise Awarness About SOPA/PIPA

Stay Tuned for More Details About IA Services “Going Dark Tomorrow” From an Internet Archive Blog Post by Brewster Kahle: The Internet Archive believes that it is critical to protest and raise awareness of pending legislation in the United States:  House Bill 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act […]

Milestones: Internet Archive Digitizes 5000th Book at Duke University

From the Devil’s Tale Blog (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University):  The Internet Archive just reached an important milestone by digitizing 5,000 books at Duke. The 5,000th book, The British Album: In Two Volumes, contains poetry by “Della Crusca, Anna Matilda, Arley, Benedict, The Bard” and other writers on themes […]

eBooks: A Live Stream of the Books in Browsers Event Later This Week Will Be Available

If you have an interest in ebooks, the future of publishing, future of reading, etc. the following event will be of interest. In fact, it’s required viewing. This Thursday and Friday at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, Books in Browsers 2011 will take place and we’ve learned from conference organizer Peter Brantley that the […]