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How the HathiTrust Digital Library Handles 11 Million Digitized Volumes

How the HathiTrust Digital Library Handles 11 Million Digitized Volumes | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Balancing storage and access is key to making digital libraries useful tools for today's academics.

 

Digitization is a widely used means of preservation reformatting for print and analog materials, especially with the large-scale capabilities that efforts such as the Google Books Project and the Internet Archive are bringing to many research and academic libraries.

 

But large-scale digitization means that libraries increasingly require large-scale, preservation-grade infrastructure that’s also suitable for providing access to materials at scale. The HathiTrust Digital Library is answering that call. Launched by the 12-university Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the 11-university libraries of the University of California system, HathiTrust is collectively undertaking preservation with access. Today it has more than 80 partners, more than two dozen of whom are depositing content in its repository.

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Academic Librarianship: Complete Archive of College & Research Libraries Now Freely Available Online (1939-Present Issue)

Academic Librarianship: Complete Archive of College & Research Libraries Now Freely Available Online (1939-Present Issue) | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The online C&RL archive now contains the complete contents of the journal from its beginnings in 1939 through the current issue.

 

C&RL archival contents from 1939 through 1996 were digitized through the generous volunteer efforts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The library’s Digital Content Creation department performed scanning and metadata creation for the approximately 340 back file issues of the journal in 2011 and 2012. The digitized files were added to the journal’s online presence with the financial assistance of the ACRL Friends Fund.

 

C&RL will become an online-only publication in Jan. 2014.

 

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Authors Guild lawsuit over HathiTrust is dismissed |

Authors Guild lawsuit over HathiTrust is dismissed | | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baer, Jr. ruled against the Authors Guild in favor of the HathiTrust, a massive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a partnership of more than 60 academic institutions.  The judge’s decision dismisses the case and upholds the library’s digitization practices and use of in-copyright materials as lawful and noninfringing.

 

Described as a “landmark in copyright” law, the decision allows libraries to digitize entire works in their collections, even those under copyright, and, in the specific case of the HathiTrust, to use the digital content they create to enhance the research process with full-text search. This does not mean that libraries are now allowed to digitize copyrighted books and unrestrictedly make them available in their entirety to the world. It simply provides much needed legal boundaries for libraries wishing to offer researchers new ways to find materials in their collections.

 

The lawsuit, which was filed in September 2011, alleged that the University of Michigan, HathiTrust, and four HathiTrust participating libraries—the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University and Cornell University—had infringed copyright in their book digitization projects. Among other things, the Authors Guild sought to impound the in-copyright works from HathiTrust, which would have made those works unavailable for transformative uses such as full-text searching, data mining for research purposes, and access for readers who have print disabilities.

 

The ruling highlights the “transformative” aspects of this mass digitization project, such as the enabling of text mining. In what way does digitization “transform” printed books?  Find out more here: http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/320779.html

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Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works

Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana said they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online.

 

With approximately two-thirds of the material coming from the BAV and the remainder from the Bodleian, the digitization effort will also benefit scholars by uniting virtually materials that have been dispersed between the collections for centuries.

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Points Of Reference » Blog Archive » Digitized Books from the Guggenheim

Points Of Reference » Blog Archive » Digitized Books from the Guggenheim | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

New York’s renowned Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has digitized a bunch of its out-of-print publications and made them available on its website–for free! Many of the books are exhibition catalogs from the ’50s and ’60s, but there are several fairly recent publications as well.

 

The books can be accessed in multiple formats via the Internet Archive or read online on the Guggenheim website.

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One Country is Digitizing All Books, And Making Them Free For Its Citizens

One Country is Digitizing All Books, And Making Them Free For Its Citizens | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
According to the National Library, “all published content, in all media” is being digitized, which includes “material dating from the Middle Ages up to the current day.”
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Norway's National Library sets a great example that every country's library should emulate: making all materials published in Norway accessible to its citizens wherever they are and whenever they want to by means of digitization. That means hundreds of thousands of books from the Middle Ages to the present (regardless of copyright) will be available online. Non-copyrighted materials or those with expired copyright are available for download.

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Digital Pioneers

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Digital Pioneers is a project to document early innovations in the use of digitization in libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in the words of the people who were an integral part of it all. Its purpose is not only to document these peoples’ experiences but also to compile and disseminate learning resources for LIS students and others interested in the evolution of the use and impact of digitization, digital materials and the Internet on cultural heritage institutions. These resources include valuable lessons for those currently in the field and those who will be joining it in the future.

 

The Digital Pioneers featured on this website represent only a small selection of the many early leaders who contributed to development of new approaches to the many complex facets of digitization of cultural heritage resources.

 

Read the interviews on these pioneers here:  http://digitalpioneers.library.du.edu/

 

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American digital public library promised for 2013

American digital public library promised for 2013 | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Two million books will be available in an online digital library to rival Google's collection, according to Professor Robert Darnton, who promised the new database would overcome copyright hurdles by next year...

 

Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton made the public promise that the Digital Public Library of America, a non-profit initiative first dreamed up in October 2010, "will be up and running by April 2013, and its initial holdings will include at least two million books in the public domain accompanied by a dazzling array of special collections far richer than anything available through Google".

 

For more on this, go to the DPLA website: http://dp.la/about/

 

 

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Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Digital communications technologies have led to fundamental changes in the ways that libraries, archives, and museums fulfil their public missions of access, preservation, research and education. Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement.  This article aims to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law across libraries, archives, and museums. It discusses the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of “risk assessment” when conducting any digitization project.

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