EdTech Magazine: K–12 Digital Resource Libraries Continue to Engage Students Returning to In-Person Classes . “As the name implies, digital resource libraries can provide a wide array of digital resources to students. While some schools stood up these sites in response to the pandemic to give students a central hub of resources for remote learning, others have been using them for much longer.”
KRON: San Jose airport launches new free digital library for travelers. “All passengers, regardless of age, can download up to four e-books using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Once downloaded, readers can access the text offline almost anywhere they are traveling to during their loan period of three weeks. The digital library has a collection of bestsellers, fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s and young adult books that are available in English and Spanish. The collection is updated monthly.”
Express-Tribune (Pakistan): Sindh to launch digital library on Thursday. “The Sindh culture department has developed a digital library based on interoperable system, through which readers will be able to access over 100 million books, research journals and articles sourced from libraries across the world. The library will be launched on Thursday and the initiative has been taken in line with Sindh High Court orders.” Sindh is a province in Pakistan.
AKIPress: Digital library project launched in Kyrgyzstan. “Minister of Culture, Information and Science of Kyrgyzstan Azamat Jamankulov at the session of the Parliament on February 5 said a Digital library project has been launched in Kyrgyzstan.”
YourStory: Meet the American who is creating a high-quality digital public library in India. “The internet was envisioned as an open standard, where information would flow freely and everyone would have access to it. In an ideal world, sure, but in the real one, free flow of information is a distant dream, with a heightened amount of data colonisation. However, there are those who refuse to give up that dream. One such is Carl Malamud.”
The Citizen (Tanzania): Education authority to launch free online school library. “The online library, run by the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE), is a platform that offers free access to books to all public schools in the country, while those in private schools and individuals will pay at least Sh4,000 to access 48 textbooks and Sh2,000 to access supplementary readers.” 4000 Tanzania shillings is a little less than $2 USD, according to Google’s currency converter.
Gulf Today: Plans for ‘Arab Digital Union’ announced. “‘The Arab Digital Union is a dream that has long been in the making,’ said Dr Tarek Shawky. ‘It will offer a platform aggregating content from three Arab countries and forming the basis for a prominent pan-Arab content bank – a larger version of our Egyptian Knowledge Bank – disseminating knowledge to all Arabs.’ The Egyptian Knowledge Bank is one of the largest national education projects in Egypt. It houses the largest digital library and online knowledge hub, providing access to free education and scientific publications, in addition to contributing to the production and dissemination of knowledge to Egyptian universities, institutes, and research centres.”
Chronicle of Higher Education: How to Value Labor in Digital Projects. “Digital projects often bring together many different members of an institution, or several institutions, and those members often have very different statuses: students (undergraduate or graduate), workers in precarious positions, those with permanent positions, etc. Understanding and properly valuing all of this work, and the disparate effects such work has on the different people who perform it, is an ongoing challenge.”
DPLA: DPLA launches Open Bookshelf, a Collection of Free Ebooks. “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the launch of Open Bookshelf, a digital library collection of popular books free to download and handpicked by librarians across the US. The collection currently has more than 1,000 books, with new titles added daily. Open Bookshelf is designed both for libraries and for readers: it is currently available to libraries through the DPLA Exchange and to readers via the SimplyE mobile app.”
Open Gov Asia: India launches National Digital Library. “On 19 June, the Union Human Development Minister, Mr Prakash Javadekar launched the National Digital Library in the country’s capital. The library is a source of millions of academic texts from around the world which will be open to the general public.”
DPLA: Announcing the Launch of our New Website. “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to unveil its all-new redesigned website, now live at https://dp.la. Created in collaboration with renowned design firm Postlight, DPLA’s new website is more user-centered than ever before, with a focus on the tools, resources, and information that matter most to DPLA researchers and learners of all kinds. In a shift from the former site structure, content that primarily serves DPLA’s network of partners and others interested in deeper involvement with DPLA can now be found on DPLA Pro.”
Albawaba Business: CLIR Releases a Prototype Proof of Concept for the Digital Library of the Middle East. “Created with funding from the Whiting Foundation, the current prototype includes some 135,000 objects. The DLME will ultimately encompass text, video, photographs, archives, manuscripts, 3-D data, and maps illuminating the region’s history over 12 millennia, curated by scholars, specialists, and members of the living and vital cultures it represents. The platform, developed by Stanford Libraries, allows for the display of information in Romanized or Arabic forms.”
D-Lib Magazine is shutting down. “D-Lib Magazine will cease routine publication with this, our 265th issue. This was not an easy decision to reach and it has been made with some sadness but also a fair amount of pride. The first issue, under the guidance of Bill Arms and Amy Friedlander, was made available on the Internet in July 1995, over 20 years ago. It was online-only, a somewhat radical move at the time. Over the intervening years more than 1,000 articles and a large number of shorter pieces, calls, and notices have graced its virtual pages, each and every issue always coming out on schedule.”
Romania Insider: Romanian medieval documents compiled in digital database. “Over 55,000 medieval documents from Romania have been digitized and compiled in the first such database in the country, Digi24.ro reported. The database… is the result of a project implemented by the University of Bucharest, in a partnership with the Romanian National Archives, the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the National Archives of Norway.”
In development: a digital library for a 9th century library in Morocco. “The al-Qarawiyyin library in the former Moroccan capital, Fez, is home to some of the rarest and most unique manuscripts in the world, with access limited to just the curator in some special cases. However, the library installed a new laboratory this year to oversee the protection and digitalizing of the 4,000 manuscripts on site in conjunction with the Institute of Computational Linguistics in Italy.”