January 28, 2022

Telefónica Signs New Agreement to Continue Funding Digitization of Spain’s National Library

From Telecompaper:

Telefonica [a telecom provider in Europe] has signed a new agreement to continue digitising the content [all works in the public domain] of Spain’s National Library, having already scanned some 150,000 works of all types since beginning the project in 2008.

From a Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) Mechanically Translated News Release:
Original Version in Spanish

  • In 2012, the pace of digitization reached 30,000 pages per day. Mean Annual Visits to Digital Library: 440,000, with a duration of 9 minutes.
  • 31,000 users per month from 163 countries
  • In total between 2008-2013 have been downloaded more than 15,000,000 documents

The digitization of funds will focus on authors in the coming years pass the public domain as Ramón y Cajal, Lorca, Valle Inclan, Unamuno, Ramiro deMaeztu or Pedro Muñoz Seca, as well as great authors of those still missing emblematic works to incorporate the BDH as Clarín, Espronceda, Rosalia Castro, Juan Valera and Jose Zorrilla.

Telefónica also supports leadership by the BNE of Digital Library the Ibero-American Heritage (IPDL). Created to give access to collections digital Iberoamerican National Libraries, the (IPDL). The digital library has become the initiative’s important geographical library cooperation in this field and already has eight participating national libraries with new partners coming soon.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.