February 23, 2020

Reference: Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Book Bindings Database

From a Letter to Colleagues Shared on Book_Arts-L. Discovered via Twitter. The Folger Bindings Image Collection provides access to high resolution images and descriptions of bindings from the rare book and manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Bindings are chosen from the collection for photography and description not only because of decorative tooling but […]

Historic Photography Project Dusted Off And Digitized By The NYPL

From Gothamist: Recently the New York Public Library released over 40,000 images digitally from the Great Depression, including some shot in New York City, and over 1,000 that have not been published in other collections documenting the era. This week The NY Times explained how the photos finally got dusted off for their digital debut: […]

European Medieval and WWI History Digital Archiving Project Gets €6.5m in EU Funding

From Silicon Republic: Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is leading a four-year collaborative project called CENDARI to digitise geographically dispersed historical data from the medieval European era and from World War I so scholars, and eventually the public, will be able to access everything from illuminated medieval gospels to WWI propaganda using one online portal. The […]

2nd Edition of New York Public Library’s Biblion, The Boundless Library iPad App Now Available (Free)

The second edition of Biblion: The Boundless Library app for iPad from the NYPL is is now online. It’s a free download from the app store. This edition is titled, Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle. Don’t have access to an iPad? Here’s the web version of the new Biblion. — From the iTunes App […]

Librarian of Congress Appoints Natasha Trethewey Poet Laureate

From LC: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the Library’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013. Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate, will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work on Thursday, September 13 in […]

Very Sad News: Ray Bradbury Has Passed Away + Collection of Interviews with the Legendary Author

The legendary author was 91 years old. Coverage Sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury dead (via CNN) Daughter says author Ray Bradbury has died in California (via AP) Ray Bradbury, Science-Fiction Writer and Library Fan, Dies at 91 (via Library Journal) Remembering Ray Bradbury 1963 Video Documentary About Ray Bradbury (via Internet Archive) Ray Bradbury: Story of […]

ACLS Humanities E-Book Officially Launches Handheld/Mobile Editions Program

From the HEB News Blog: HEB [from the American Council of Learned Societies] has officially launched its handheld/mobile editions program, with several dozen titles from the online collection now available for use with various handheld readers, and more to come down the line. For the time being, these titles may be individually purchased for $9.99 […]

Cool! Mapping Texts: Interactively Visualize Trends Found in 230 Years of Texas Newspapers

From The Stanford Report: An all-consuming public interest in family, religion and football in modern rural Texas is just one of the cultural snapshots that can be culled from Mapping Texts, a new interactive database that generates graphical interpretations of language trends embedded in over 230,000 pages of Texas newspapers from the late 1820s through […]

University of Illinois Library: Addition of Historic Agriculture Newspaper to Ag Digital Repository

From the U of I Library: A gift from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumna, M. Christine Wicklein Schwartz, through the T & C Schwartz Family Foundation, has made it possible to digitize issues of Farmer’s Weekly Review (Joliet, IL) from 1929 to 2010. This collection of historic agricultural newspapers is now accessible through Farm, […]

Canada: Record Collector Buys CBC Vancouver’s Vinyl Motherlode

From The Vancouver Sun: Jamie Anstey has just purchased the mother of all Vancouver record collections – CBC Vancouver’s record library. And that’s records, not com-pact discs. About 50,000, in fact: 37,913 LPs, 11,780 45s, 492 78s and 462 records that are listed as “miscellaneous.” The collection had been built up since 1958, but was […]