Franz Kafka: Manuscripts, drawings and personal letters go online (BBC)

BBC: Franz Kafka: Manuscripts, drawings and personal letters go online. “A collection of documents by the acclaimed Czech author Frank Kafka is now publicly available online, following intensive restoration, cataloguing and digitisation. The digitised collection includes three draft versions of Kafka’s story Wedding Preparations in the Country, a notebook in which he practiced Hebrew, and hundreds of personal letters, sketches and travel journals.”

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel. “The National Archives (NA) of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem have signed an historic memorandum of understanding, which ‘commits the two organizations to work together in support of mutual and separate goals and for the benefit of the international cultural and documentary heritage sector,’ according to the agreement signed by the institutions’ directors.”

Jerusalem Post: National Library’s Docu.Text film festival goes online

Jerusalem Post: National Library’s Docu.Text film festival goes online. “Read all about it: the National Library of Israel’s sixth annual Docu.Text Film Festival is going digital this year, with festivals in both the US and Israel, November 15-25. Both festivals feature award-winning documentary films, Q and A sessions, and a number of special events. All the events are free, while viewers need to pay to stream the films.”

Jewish Press: 180 Years of Australian Jewish Newspaper History Going Online

Jewish Press: 180 Years of Australian Jewish Newspaper History Going Online. “A new initiative will digitize and open free digital access to 180 years of Australian Jewish newspapers, including over 200,000 pages from Jewish communities across the continent. The project is a collaboration between the National Library of Australia (NLA), the National Library of Israel (NLI), and the Australian Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).”

Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania: National Library of Israel’s Suspension of Services

Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania: National Library of Israel’s Suspension of Services. “One of the greatest treasures of Israel and of Jewish academic life internationally is the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Recently, as a result of budget cuts and the Covid-19 pandemic, the library has announced that it will suspend public services and put its 300 employees on unpaid leave as of Monday, August 17. The many services that the library provides will cease, including the lending of books and teacher training, and there is great concern for the furloughed staff members and the larger circle of employees affected by the closure.” I’ve seen many national libraries cutting back on services, of course, but none that shut down so completely. Shocking.

Israel Hayom: Israel’s National Library to share oral histories of Sephardi Jews

Israel Hayom: Israel’s National Library to share oral histories of Sephardi Jews. “The National Library of Israel has begun publishing oral histories from the Sephardi Voices initiative, the first digital collection that documents and preserves the life stories of Jews who lived in Arab and Islamic countries. In addition to sharing video and audio clips of interviews, the National Library will also be making photographs from the archive public.”

Jerusalem Post: National Library of Israel uploads 120,000 historic books online

Jerusalem Post: National Library of Israel uploads 120,000 historic books online. “The books that are expected to be uploaded will, according to NLI, include all of the library’s out-of-copyright, royalty-free books which have not yet been digitized. Around 45% of the books are written in Hebrew script in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and other languages of the Jewish world. The rest of the works are in a variety of languages, including Latin, German, French, Arabic and Russian.” This is a project that’s expected to be completed in a couple of years, so the headline is a little premature.

The Jerusalem Post: National Library Of Israel Releases Photo Archive Of IDF History – Pictures

The Jerusalem Post: National Library Of Israel Releases Photo Archive Of IDF History – Pictures. “Thousands of photographs have been preserved at the National Library of Israel, documenting the operational history of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, throughout the state’s history. The Library is bringing these photographs back to life through a digitization project, that allows the yellow negatives to be converted into high resolution images. However, the Library is lacking information relating to the identities of the soldiers and are requesting the public’s help to identify their names and stories.”

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors. “A caricature of a balloon-headed prime minister Menachem Begin looks out from the cover of a pamphlet published ahead of the 1981 national election. ‘Begin… and the rest of the Likud’s jokes,’ it reads. The little green booklet is one of the millions of items and artifacts held by the National Library of Israel in its extensive archives. But until now, it was one of many items that the library did not earmark for digitization, because it is known as ‘orphan work,’ whose copyright holders cannot be located. Now, following an amendment to the Copyright Law passed in the Knesset on January 1, the library and other cultural institutions in Israel will have much greater freedom to digitize and share their vast holdings without the fear of lawsuits.”

National Library of Israel: The George Washington Thumb Bible Goes Online

National Library of Israel: The George Washington Thumb Bible Goes Online . “Some two centuries after it was published, a rare miniature bible dedicated to ‘His Excellency G. Washington’ has come to Jerusalem, where the National Library of Israel has made it freely accessible online for the first time. According to experts, less than a dozen copies of this edition remain in public hands.”

Historic Moment: The Günzburg Collection Made Public to the Jewish World (National Library of Israel)

National Library of Israel: Historic Moment: The Günzburg Collection Made Public to the Jewish World. “An historic agreement will be signed in Jerusalem on 7 November 2017 between the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the Russian State Library in Moscow, and the Moscow-based Peri Foundation regarding the future of the Günzburg Collection, which includes some of the most important Hebrew manuscripts and books in the world. Through the generous support of the Peri Foundation, 2,000 manuscripts and thousands of books in the collection will be digitized, making these significant works accessible online to both institutions as well as to the general public.”