Digitization

Penang Digital Library Phase 2 will be ready in 2018

(10 October 2017, George Town) The Penang Digital Library Phase 2 (PDL-P2) to be constructed in the state government quarters building here is expected to be fully operational by the end of Dec next year. “The existing PDL can only accommodate 100 to 120 users at any one time on weekdays and it can not […]

October 11, 2017 - 4:36 pm
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South Asia Open Archives (SAOA)

(11 September 2017) Over the past year, a group of nearly 25 research libraries came together to create the new entity called the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) — affiliated with the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP). The effort will establish a cooperative network among libraries from the US and across the Subcontinent, dedicated to creating a […]

September 14, 2017 - 12:11 pm
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High-tech library services must be expanded nationwide – PNM DG

(13 September 2017, Kuala Lumpur,  (Bernama)  The high-technology library services must be expanded throughout the country, especially in remote areas to ensure all residents have access to the same information thus generating a knowledgeable and informed society, said National Library of Malaysia (PNM) Director-General Datuk Nafisah Ahmad. She said with today’s development in information technology […]

September 13, 2017 - 6:45 pm
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Chinese University of Hong Kong Library hiring Digital Technologies Librarian

(12 September 2017) CUHK Library is seeking a high-caliber professional to take a major role in implementing its digital library strategies to maximize the effective use of existing and emerging digital technologies in support of the research needs of the University. Closing date: 7 October 2017. Further details here.

September 13, 2017 - 8:19 am
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The Karger eJournal Archive Collection has been revised and expanded to include improved functionality and quality as well as 12 additional journals

(6 September 2017) The entire Karger eJournal Archive Collection has recently been re-digitized using semantic technology to provide the best possible user experience. The improved quality and functionality allow for efficient searching on both the Karger website and Google Scholar. The Collection now also includes 12 journals that have ceased publication or were merged into […]

September 6, 2017 - 7:37 pm
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Indian Government asks universities to digitise books on national digital library

(25 August 2017) The Central Government  has asked all universities to digitise books and other study material in their libraries and forward them to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, for posting on the national digital library for students to access free of cost. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also asked the vice […]

August 26, 2017 - 7:52 am
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International Digital Preservation Day, 30 November 2017

(4 August 2017) The first International Digital Preservation Day will be held on 30 November 2017 and will draw together individuals and institutions from across the world to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. Pervasive, changing and ubiquitous, digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital […]

August 8, 2017 - 9:04 am
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British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.” The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more […]

July 23, 2017 - 5:08 pm
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NLA hiring Assistant Director Digital Preservation

(6 July 2017) The Collections Management Branch has an ongoing opportunity to join the Preservations Team as the EL 1, Assistant Director, Digital Preservation. This role will lead the team responsible for implementing the Library’s digital preservation approach to ensure long-term access to digital collection material. The Library receives published digital content via its edeposit program and a […]

July 6, 2017 - 3:37 pm
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19th-century book of life-sized bird paintings reprinted

(20 June 2017) It is a book that would set many a collector’s heart aflutter. In 2010, a first edition of Birds Of America was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London for more than £7.3 million, a world record for a book. The book, a four-volume set of 435 life-sized paintings of birds, published […]

June 24, 2017 - 6:11 pm
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Connecting Myanmar libraries to global academia

(23 June 2017) Roxanne Missingham writes that connections to the world through university libraries are an important feature of the rebirth of higher education. Libraries in Myanmar institutions have, together with the National Library, collected the memory of the nation, curated through many collections of palm leaf manuscripts and rare historic texts. The University libraries […]

June 23, 2017 - 2:48 pm
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China uses space technologies to protect ancient books

(10 June 2017) China is repurposing breakthroughs in space technology to help safeguard the nation’s literary heritage after researchers developed special safes with astronautical characteristics to protect ancient books, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) has announced. The space launch vehicle manufacturer has also signed an agreement with the National Library of China […]

June 10, 2017 - 7:55 pm
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Expanding library impact through open access digitization

(8 June 2017) Located in central Singapore, just minutes away from the city’s main shopping district, sits the first and only tropical botanic garden listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established at its present site in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) covers 82 hectares and is home to thousands of plant species. Since […]

June 10, 2017 - 4:05 pm
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A new scanner for digitizing Australia’s biodiversity heritage

(30 May 2017) In 2011, Australia joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library and, led by Museums Victoria, began to digitize the rare books, historic journals and archival material related to Australia’s biodiversity, and to make them openly available online. There are now 15 Australian organizations contributing to BHL and over 300 worldwide. These include museums, herbaria, […]

June 1, 2017 - 9:14 am
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33 Burmese manuscripts digitised at BL

(24 May 2017) The Burmese manuscript collection in the British Library consists of approximately 1,800 manuscripts. The majority are written on palm leaf, but there are also many paper folding books (parabaik), and texts written on diverse materials such as gold, silver, copper and ivory sheets in the shape of palm leaves. The collection is […]

May 26, 2017 - 4:13 pm
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