Digitization

Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project launched by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X

(21 March 2018) On 20 March 2018 Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, visited the British Library to launch the Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project. Through the generous support of Mr S P Lohia, over the next twelve months 75 Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta now held in the […]

March 22, 2018 - 8:13 am
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Dutch library home to largest Indonesian collection

(14 March 2018)  The largest collection of Indonesian books, documents and images are far from home: at the Asian Library in the Netherlands. Thanks to the internet, researchers and the general public can enjoy this hidden treasure from afar, as explained by librarians and academics in Leiden last weekend. The Asian Library, officially opened last […]

March 15, 2018 - 4:22 pm
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Let’s build a great digital library together…starting with a wishlist

(15 March 2018) The Internet Archive is looking for partners to help build a great physical collection of books to be preserved, digitized, and made available through the  Open Libraries project. Working with more than 500 library partners, the Internet Archive has already helped make more than 3 million public domain books available online for […]

March 15, 2018 - 4:14 pm
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Relics are ‘returned’ as digital resources

(12 March 2018) China Daily reports that more than 5,300 pieces of ancient Chinese manuscripts have been “returned” from France in digital form and are available online, according to the National Library of China. The online resources have been provided by France’s national library, which holds more than 7,000 original copies of the Dunhuang manuscripts. […]

March 13, 2018 - 7:29 am
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Buddhist Digital Resource Center seeks Executive Director

(7 March 2018) The Board of Directors of the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC, www.tbrc.org) invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. The Buddhist Digital Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking out, preserving, organizing, and disseminating Buddhist literature. Joining digital technology with scholarship, BDRC ensures that cultural treasures […]

March 9, 2018 - 11:42 am
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Libraries need to evolve digitally, says new report

(26 February 2018) Nearly 90 percent of Australia’s library users think online library services are important, but only 61 percent are satisfied with the online experience they are receiving from libraries. That compares with 85 percent of the users who are happy with the physical experience of a library. The finding comes in a new […]

February 26, 2018 - 7:20 pm
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New issue of SEALG Newsletter published

(22 January 2018) The latest issue of the SEALG Newsletter has now been published and is available freely on the homepage www.sealg.org. It includes articles on Thai royal editions of the Buddhist scriptures by Larry Ashmun, two previous exhibitions in Mandalay and Rangoon by San San May, special collections at the Southeast Asia Studies Library in […]

January 24, 2018 - 5:16 pm
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Wiley Digital Archives announces debut partnership with Royal College of Physicians to provide access to 500 years of medical history

(11 January 2018, Hoboken, N.J.)  John Wiley and Sons Inc., today announced that the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is the latest Wiley Digital Archives partner. The relationship with  RCP is the first venture between Wiley and this prestigious society—the oldest medical college in England. The digital resource will contain approximately 5 million images, selected […]

January 14, 2018 - 4:32 pm
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A project from Bhutan

(14 December 2017) On 17 December 1907, Ugyen Wangchuk, the first Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King), was coronated and the Kingdom of Bhutan has marked this day ever since as its National Day. The British Library has some photographs of Ugyen Wangchuk when he was crown prince dating from 1905, which were taken by John Claude […]

January 2, 2018 - 5:31 pm
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Call for Papers: Knowledge Management Section joint with Academic and Research Libraries Section and Rare Books and Special Collections Section

Theme: “Digital scholarship and knowledge management: building confidence in the digital world” (13 December 2017) This session at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, will explore issues of trust in digital libraries, and the impact of those issues on digital scholarship.  Knowledge management plays a critical role for libraries and organizations seeking to establish trustworthy digital […]

December 26, 2017 - 9:39 am
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3,500 occult manuscripts will be digitized & made freely available online, thanks to Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown

(20 December 2017) Dan Brown has recently donated €300,000 to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, also known as the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica House of Living Books. The generous gift will enable the Ritman to digitize thousands of “pre-1900 texts on alchemy, astrology, magic, and theosophy,” reports Thu-Huong Ha at Quartz, including the Corpus Hermeticum (1472), “the source […]

December 24, 2017 - 3:39 pm
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Joint Statement from Collaborating Digital Preservation Organizations

(12 December 2017) The digital preservation landscape is one of a multitude of choices that vary widely in terms of purpose, scale, cost, and complexity.  Over the past year a group of collaborating organizations united in the commitment to digital preservation came together to explore how we can better communicate with each other and assist […]

December 13, 2017 - 3:23 pm
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Preserving cultural heritage – The IFLA Scoping Workshop on Palm Leaf Manuscripts

(22 November 2017) On 6-7 July in Colombo, Sri Lanka, experts, librarians and holders of Palm Leaf Manuscript collections in South and South-East Asia met during an IFLA workshop, to discuss the problem of metadata and digitisation for PLMs in the region. A two-day workshop with 15 participants from around the region took its starting […]

November 23, 2017 - 12:48 pm
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Annual appeal by the Buddhist Digital Resource Center

(16 November 2017) For nearly two decades, BDRC has sought out and preserved Buddhist literature in its digital library, making over 13.5 million pages of texts freely available online. Now, BDRC is taking the next step in its mission to greatly expand access to the treasures of Buddhist cultural heritage—and you can help! BDRC is […]

November 18, 2017 - 11:03 am
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Wiley announces launch of Wiley digital archives

(25 October 2017, Hoboken, NJ)  John Wiley and Sons Inc., has announced a new program of digital primary sources providing unprecedented access to historical records across the sciences and medicine. Launching in 2018, Wiley Digital Archives will enable institutional customers to purchase digital access to unique or rare historical primary sources, digitized from leading societies […]

October 28, 2017 - 7:45 pm
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