Digital Library Digest: August 12, 2011

Posted by Bumourfcearce in August 12, 2011.

John Palfrey announces the addition of Dwight McInvaill, Director of the Georgetown County Library, to the DPLA Steering Committee.
“I am writing with the good news that Dwight McInvaill, Director of the Georgetown County Library (South Carolina), will be joining the Digital Public Library of America Steering Committee…

Since 1996, Dwight McInvaill has served as the Director of the Georgetown County Library, a public library system in rural South Carolina.  Before coming to the Georgetown County Library, McInvaill served as a reference librarian in North Carolina.  McInvaill is on the board of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.  He previously chaired the Rural Libraries Committee of the Public Library Association and the American Library Association’s Taskforce on Rural School, Tribal, and Public Libraries.  In 2009, McInvaill was one of 10 librarians honored with an “I Love My Librarian Award” from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times.”
From John Palfrey’s email on the DPLA Listserv.

Josh Fischman discusses arXiv’s future.
“The pioneering effort to share scientific research without the restrictions of journal prices and embargoes, arXiv, turns 20 this month. Its founder, the physicist Paul Ginsparg, reflects on his effort “to level the research playing field” in the August 11 issue of Nature. That’s the kind of expensive journal Mr. Ginsparg originally wanted to work around. We can share some of his published thoughts here.”
From Josh Fischman’s post on Wired Campus“The First Free Research-Sharing Site, arXiv, Turns 20 With an Uncertain Future”

Michael Kozlowski announces OverDrive and Project Gutenberg’s extension of their free books services to Canadian libraries.
“Project Gutenberg offers a wellspring of public domain and royalty free books. Overdrive mainly takes the best, most well known and most popular and bundles it into their content delivery network. Memorable titles, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and Changeling and Other Stories by Donn Byrne, plus Canadian-specific titles like A History of the Canadian Pacific Railway by Harold Adams Innis, are available.”
From Michael Kozlowski’s post on GoodEReader, “Overdrive Launches Project Gutenberg ebooks to Canadian Libraries”

Martha Rudolph reveals plans to digitize historical Tennessee Newspapers.
“The Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project (TDNP) is a joint effort between the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to digitize more than 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922. The NEH has funded similar projects in other states as it builds the national database.”
 From Martha Rudolph’s blog post on University Library News, “Historical TN Newspaper Digitized, Available Online”