Smithsonian Institution Archives: An Intern’s Guide on How to Digitize a Field Book . “What is a field book and how do you digitize one? These were the first two questions I asked when I came on board at the Archives as the Summer 2018 Field Book Project Digitization Intern. During the course of my internship, I discovered the answer to both questions and learned a lot about digitization practices and standards at the Smithsonian.”
Internet Archive: Internet Archive awarded grant from Arcadia Fund to digitize university press collections . “Internet Archive has received a $1 million dollar grant from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – to digitize titles from university press collections to make them available via controlled digital lending. The project, Unlocking University Press Books, will bring more than 15,000 titles online from university presses. This project extends the successful pilot with MIT Press, which has already made more than 400 books available for digital learners around the world.”
British Library: Rising from the ashes: bringing a medieval manuscript to life. “The British Library’s major exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, has featured a host of fascinating manuscripts, alongside a fire-damaged cauldron, crystal balls and a ‘real’ mermaid. It took several months to choose all the exhibits, but when it came to selecting an image of a medieval phoenix, the choice was relatively simple. We have some gorgeous illustrations of phoenixes in our collections, but the one that really caught the curators’ eye was found in Harley MS 4751, a decorated English bestiary. But choosing the manuscript was only the start. We were planning to digitise this bestiary as part of our digitisation project sponsored by The Polonsky Foundation. This blogpost explores the complexities of that process.”
British Library: Digitising books as objects: The invisible made visible. “Working as a book conservator within digitisation projects has been my job for many years. I started in 2006, only one year after joining the British Library Conservation team here in London after leaving my country, Italy. The subject of that digitisation project was the digitisation and virtual reunification of the Codex Sinaiticus, possibly one of the most known and valuable manuscripts in the Western world…. Technology has improved immensely since then and a lot of ‘ink’ has been spread across physical and virtual pages about the remit, the limitations and the advantages of what is offered to the public through the surrogates uploaded onto countless web portals. This piece is just another little drop into this ocean of ink to share some considerations built upon experience and from the perspective of a book conservator who sees, because of his professional background, the limitations of this, but also the exciting challenges to overcome them.”
Kazakh TV: 40% Of Books Of The National Library Of Kazakhstan Were Digitized In The Past Four Years. “Modern technologies are opening new opportunities for historians and literary critics. Preservation of unique documents and works for future generations is possible owing to new technologies. Ultra-modern scanners convert the hard copies of archival documents into soft copies. 40 % of books from the general fund of the national library of Kazakhstan were digitized in the past four years.” The article has both a video and a transcript. Both are in English.
EdSurge: What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?. “It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. It got part of the way there, digitizing at least 25 million books from major university libraries. But the promised library of everything hasn’t come into being.”
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Podcast: How $100 Million Could Help Digitize Millions of Important Books . It is a podcast, but there is a transcript. “One of the eight semifinalists in the 100&Change MacArthur Foundation competition is the Internet Archive. To win the $100 million prize, the organization proposes expediting and expanding work already well underway: digitizing 4 million of the world’s most important books for libraries to lend to the public. In this edition of the Business of Giving, Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, and Wendy Hanamura, director of partnerships, share information about their progress.”