Tag Archives: digitization

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 […]


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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 […]


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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, […]


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ANU Library collaborates with Yangon University Library on digitisation capabilities

(4 April 2017) Professor Ni Win Zaw, Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies at University of Yangon, recently visited ANU Library to work on a digitisation research project with University Librarian Roxanne Missingham. The project aims to provide a framework for transforming library services and increase digital literacy skills through library and […]


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Amendments to copyright a welcome step towards fair, affordable and open access to knowledge

(23  March 2017) The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is delighted to see that the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 have been in Parliament. CAUL is the national peak body representing university libraries in Australia and has been a persistent advocate for the Bill’s proposed amendments. The amendments arise from […]


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Business Analyst – Library Management Systems 12 months – $600 a day

(24 March 2017) Big Wave Digital is hiring a talented Business Analyst who can work on a new digital project for an established organisation. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced BA who is adept at requirement gathering and the creation of Functional Requirement Documentation. This role will involve Business Analysis and Business requirement […]


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British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]


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Two centuries of Indian print: new funding

(8 November 2016) In 2015, the British Library announced a major programme to digitise the vast wealth of Indian printed books held by the Library dating from 1713 to 1914, made possible with the support of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Newton Fund. This autumn, the first phase of the […]


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ARL Library Directors advise on Digital Dunhuang Initiative

(10 November 2016) Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member library directors Brian E. C. Schottlaender, UC San Diego, and Xuemao Wang, University of Cincinnati, were invited by the Dunhuang Research Academy of China to participate in a two-day International Dunhuang Consultative Committee meeting on October 24 and 25, 2016. The academy is engaging the newly […]


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Singapore to preserve historical records, allow more public access

(7 March 2016, Singapore) Singapore will adopt a three-pronged approach to preserve its historical records, including making them more accessible to the public, said Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim at the opening ceremony of the Joint Technical Symposium on Monday (Mar 7). Dr Yaacob said the first step is to build and digitise the country’s […]


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Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts

(7 March 2016, SEALG) The University of Pennsylvania and National Library of Laos have launched the Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts as a resource for the study of traditional literature from this region. At present, the digital library contains images of over 4,200 manuscripts which can be searched and viewed online or freely downloaded, and […]


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IISc library to digitise books, doctoral theses

(1 March 2016, Bengaluru) The library committee of the Indian Institute of Science, has outsourced the scanning of thesis papers. The remaining work like preparing the index, making data legible and easy searching with links was done by the library staff. Each thesis has around 250 pages and around 5,000 theses are to be digitised. […]


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Unlocking India’s printed heritage: 200,000 pages of historic books to be made available online

(12 November 2015) An international team is to digitise and give free online access to one of the world’s most important collections of South-Asian language printed books. A pilot project for a major digitisation initiative – Two Centuries of Indian Print – was announced today by the British Library, with the support of funding from […]


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New self-guided curriculum for digitization

(7 October 2015) Through the Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), DPLA has been working with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content. During the project, DPLA collaborated with trainers at Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of […]


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Digitization project of Asiatic Society library India gets underway

(5 August 2015) The Governor of Maharashtra state, India, recently inaugurated the digitization project of the 211-year-old Asiatic Society library in Mumbai. Under the project, 100,000 books, 2,500 manuscripts and 1,200 maps will be digitized. The Maharashtra government has already sanctioned Rs 5 crore [USD750,000] to the Asiatic Society for this project. The Business Standard […]


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