Ben Alpers updates on the DPLA.
“Since we’ve discussed this exciting initiative in the past, I thought I’d update readers of this blog on the status of the Digital Public Library of America. Based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the DPLA aims, as its name suggests, to be a public, digital library. Originally conceived as an alternative to Google’s private digital library, the DPLA took on greater significance when Google’s exclusive deal with publishers and authors of out-of-print works was rejected by a federal court earlier this year.”
From Ben Alpers’ post on U.S. Intellectual History, “Update on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)”
David Weinberger and Jeff Jarvis discuss privacy and libraries.
“Guarding patron privacy is kind of the default in the library business. When it comes to knowing who checked out what and when libraries usually prefer to flush the cache — except when it comes to collecting fines! But in an age of public Amazon purchase lists, automatic tweets, and even sites setup to automatically share users’ credit card statements with the world at large, are libraries simply living in the past?”
From the Library Lab Podcast “We Read in Public”
John Welbes writes about 3M’s library e-readers.
“With its own 3M-branded e-reader and software that’s compatible with many tablet devices, the Maplewood-based industrial manufacturer is looking to expand its presence in libraries. The first step for that new business line comes next month, when 3M’s new e-book technology – including e-readers that can be checked out by patrons – is introduced in the St. Paul Public Library system.”
From John Welbes post on Pioneer Press, “3M branches out with e-readers for St. Paul public libraries”
Karenne Wood announces digital archive of Virginia Indian tribal production.
“Through this two-year project, VFH will visit tribal communities to scan historic photographs and documents and collect oral histories from tribal elders and others. Staff will collect historic images housed in archives and other facilities; gather relevant documents such as treaties, court records, and letters; and build audio and video programs such as the narrated slideshow, “A Place to Be Ourselves” http://bit.ly/mtokvg). As content is created, it will be incorporated into Encyclopedia Virginia.”
From the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities press release, “New Digital Archive Will Preserve Historic Images, Documents of Virginia Indian Tribes, Thanks to Gift from Dominion”