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European digital library goes online

Posted by worldlylibrarian on November 20, 2008

Just a quick note that the Europeana, an online library, archive, and museum which I have previously written about, is scheduled to go online today (Nov. 20, 2008). I have not been able to access it – probably because lots of other people are doing the same – but have a look when you can.

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European Digital Library project proceeding…slowly

Posted by worldlylibrarian on August 27, 2008

The European Digital Library project, a major effort to scan, archive, and exhibit online a wide variety of material, is proceeding, albeit slowly. As part of the project it is expected that more than 2 million “digital objects”, including books, archival papers, newspapers, audio recordings, and maps will be selected from new and current digital collections at Europe’s libraries, archives, and museums. The material will then be linked to from the Europeana portal site.

The launch date for the project is November 7th. Some concern has been expressed by the European Commission that the member states who will be contributing material need to increase their digitization efforts. The level of investment in the project and rate of digitization has varied widely from nation to nation. There are also concerns that most of the material will have to come from the public domain, as getting the rights to use copyrighted material may be prohibitive.

Note that this European Digital Library project does not seem to be related to an earlier initiative with the same name, coordinated by the German National Library.

Source: Lexis-Nexis/Europe Information Service

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Largest Monastery library in world reopens

Posted by worldlylibrarian on August 20, 2008

The Upper Styrian Benedictine monastery in Austria has reopened after four years of restoration work on its collection. The project cost around 6 million Euros and was funded in part by the European Union and the Austrian state of Styria, in the south-east of that country.

Source: Austrian Times

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