digital

Online launch: Queen Victoria’s personal journals

Queen Victoria’s personal journals have been launched online after a collaboration between Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the Royal Archives and information company ProQuest.

The collaboration has made the private records of one of the world’s most influential public figures available for public access for the first time.

The journals span Victoria’s lifetime and comprise 141 volumes numbering over 43,000 pages. They have never been published in their entirety and were previously only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle.

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“This initiative is a highly engaging and significant partnership across three organisations for the benefit of public and scholarly access to fascinating historical documents, and has been made possible with the support and generosity of Oxford benefactors The Polonsky Foundation and The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund,” Dr Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian said in a statement.

No links to the collection itself were included in the Independent Business Times article. According to a similar press release form LibraryJournal, however, the collection can be viewed at http://www.queenvictoriasjournals.org/home.do .

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New Digital Publication

Primary Research Group has recently published their 2012 Edition of Creating the Digital Library:

From their website:

This report looks closely at the efforts of universities, libraries, library consortia and consultants to digitize books, periodicals, films and other library materials.  The study profiles the efforts of the University of Kentucky, the University of North Carolina, the University of Chicago, Luna Imaging, Inc., Orbis Cascade, the University of Michigan, Northern Micrographics, the California Digital Library, and the University of Pittsburg.

The report helps its readers to answer questions relating to the nuts and bolts of digitization projects such as when to outsource and when to handle production in-house, which type of equipment is most effective, and what quality level should be aimed for?  The study gives detailed descriptions of many current and past projects, along with suggestions and commentary by some of the most distinguished digitizers in academia and beyond in North America today.  The report is organized as a series of journalistic profiles of these major players, as they answer questions relating to marketing, content selection, funding, partnerships, labor training, rights and permissions and many other issues.

All-in-all an amazing resource at just $85, available in both print and PDF formats. What I’d like to see, however, is a website or series of webpages dedicated to highlighting the newest projects released to the public. Just think of the possibilities! Peer-enthusiastic admins making sure that digitization efforts have at least one public page for the masses. This could also serve as a tutorial, or just a portal for others to see what’s happening, how it’s being done, and how things are advancing through forums, blogrolls, etc. Things change so quickly these days, it’s important to understand things as they happen, not always just when publications head to print.

Ahh, digital Eden.

Dental History-Now in digital form to peak interests and terrify the phobic!

(Courtesy Kornberg School of Dentistry) Green, circa 1920 chair manufactured by Ritter Dental Manufacturing Company.

Now in digital form to peak interests and terrify the phobic!

From Temple University:

Step off the elevator onto the third floor of Temple’s Kornberg School of Dentistry and you will be standing amongst a display of dental antiquities that is commonly referred to as the Temple Dental Museum…

The collection highlights the history of dentistry and the Kornberg School, beginning with its origins as the Philadelphia Dental College in 1863. It includes the cornerstone of the original building; a 19th century Victorian dental office outfitted with period objects and furniture; a varied collection of photographs, posters, dental instruments, equipment, dental furniture and personal oral health care products; as well as the personal possessions of former dental school students, faculty and alumni.

Click here for the TU Press Release

Click here for the digital archive’s homepage

Countdown to WebWise 2012

“A signature initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the WebWise Conference annually brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies. WebWise 2012 will take up the theme of “Tradition and Innovation,” investigating how libraries and museums have used digital technologies to help scholars, students, educators, and the general public understand history and the humanities. Taking special note of the unique contributions that historical societies, public libraries, and other small and local organizations make to humanities scholarship and education, WebWise 2012 will surface the challenges these organizations have faced in doing digital work, highlight the often under-appreciated contributions they have made in this area, and bring them into more fruitful conversation with colleagues in larger organizations and in the arts and sciences.” – From the WebWise2012 homepage

Oh man, I am so excited about this week. Not only am I tickled pink that I get to spend two days learning more about digital sharing, creation, and implementation, but there are two special gentlemen that are going to bring out the tittering fangirl in me:

Ian MacKaye and Levar Burton!

Mr. Burton is providing the keynote for the conference, where I’m sure he’ll discuss his lengthy participation and devotion to spreading the joy of reading both on and off the digital plane. MacKaye will be shedding light on the Fugazi Live Series project, which “launched with 130 recordings on December 1, 2011, a project which will eventually make available nearly 900 live recordings spanning the pivotal punk rock band’s career from 1987 until 2002.”

With any luck, I’ll be able to liveTweet some of the discussions, questions, and amazing images I see this week. Feel free to follow @janineveazue for more updates. So far, the conference has been Tweeting from @IMLSWebWise with the hashtag  #webwise . If that changes, I’ll be sure to let you all know.

 

Charles Thomas, IMLS Senior Program Officer (and self-confirmed Trekkie),  had THIS to say today about his excitement for the conference!