Edex Live: Book lovers rejoice, Tamil Nadu Virtual Academy digitises and uploads around 10K rare Tamil books. “More than 4,000 rare Tamil books maintained at the medieval Saraswathi Mahal library have been digitised and uploaded in digital format in the digital library, created by the Tamil Virtual Academy (TNVA). In the first phase, one lakh books are to be digitised. So far, about 10,000 books and magazines from all the participating institutions have been uploaded in the digital library website.” One lakh is one hundred thousand.
Digital NC: Saint Mary’s Student School Newspaper now online. “The Saint Mary’s School student newspaper, The Belles, is now online, from its origins as ‘The Grapevine’ in 1936 through 1995. The Belles continues to be published in an electronic form to this day. The paper gives a good look into the viewpoint of North Carolina teen women over a 60 year period.”
Nature: Historical data: Hidden in the past. “In 2012, Ruth Thurstan turned to an unconventional source to study fishing: old newspapers. She wanted to know when people had started catching substantial numbers of snapper (Pagrus auratus), a fish species abundant off Australia’s coast, and how much effort was needed at the time to catch them. But available detailed data stretched back only to the late 1980s. Thurstan, a marine historical ecologist now at Deakin University in Warrnambool, Australia, noticed that today’s fishers of snapper often recount their experiences in magazine articles and blog posts. She wondered where fishers from the past would have published such descriptions.”
State Library of New South Wales Australia: The Lone Hand. “The Lone Hand (1907-1921), a sister publication to the famous Bulletin (1880-2008), has been digitised and made available through Trove. Modelled on the London Strand and founded by J.F. Archibald and Frank Fox, The Lone Hand was given the title originally preferred for the Bulletin itself. It was a monthly magazine of literature and poetry, with illustrations by significant Australian artists of the time. It was edited by Frank Fox (1907-09), A.H. Adams (1909-11), Bertram Stevens (1912-19) and Walter Jago (1919-21). Though Archibald set the magazine up, he never took a substantial editorial role.”
Digital NC: Newspaper serving Lumbee Tribe members in Robeson County, The Carolina Indian Voice, is now available. “Almost ten years of The Carolina Indian Voice, a newspaper out of Pembroke, North Carolina, are now up on DigitalNC thanks to our partner the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Carolina Indian Voice was established in 1973 and was published on a weekly basis until 2005. Issues from 1996-2005 are now available digitally. The paper primarily served the interests of members of the Lumbee Tribe living in Robeson County, who make up more than a third of the population of Robeson County and almost 90% of the town of Pembroke.”
Arizona Secretary of State: AZSOS and UA receive grant to continue digitizing Arizona’s newspapers. “The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (link is external) (LAPR), in partnership with the University of Arizona, has received a $279,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historic newspaper collections. This is the 4th such grant received by LAPR. Since 2008, LAPR digitized approximately 380,000 pages and made them available on both the Library of Congress’ ‘Chronicling America’ site and on the Arizona Digital Historic Newspapers platform (link is external). This new grant adds another 100,000 pages, bringing the total online newspaper collection to nearly half a million pages.”
California Polytechnic State University: Digitized Student Newspapers Provide Access To Campus History. “The library’s Special Collections and Archives folks decided to digitize Mustang News in honor of the 100-years celebration. Digital Archivist Zach Vowell, Digital Repository Coordinator Michele Wyngard and student assistants scanned all the microfilm copies. Collectively, they scanned 75,000 pages! Vowell and his team image-processed each issue and ran them through Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which allows users to execute the Search function within any issue. Overall, the team digitized 7,138 issues, which comes to more than 75 million words!”