Thursday, May 14, 2009

Why ASU might not lead the way

Steven Bell over at ACRLog worries that the new Kindle DX will encourage universities to follow the lead of Arizona State University in disparaging print collections, library buildings, OPACs, and the whole concept of academic libraries in general.

Daily Show to the rescue! After this story, no one's going to want to be like Arizona State.

(The mention of the library comes in at 2:27. When the "reporter" points out that it's empty, that's another swipe at ASU, not a strike against libraries.)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Digital Library for a Literate World

The United Nations has unveiled the new World Digital Library. (More information from the New York Times here.)

And it is beautiful - intuitive faceted searching in all seven official UN languages; archival TIFF images; clean controlled vocabulary; global scope. The only other thing I can imagine asking for is plain text files of the manuscript images. But since everything in the WDL is in the public domain, I'm guessing the good folks at Project Gutenberg will be jumping on that opportunity.

I can't wait to see how this grows. As the world becomes increasingly literate, we can think of these texts as a truly world heritage.
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