Digital Library Digest: August 26, 2011

Posted by Wrentyinone in August 26, 2011.

With one week left to go in the Beta Sprint, two DPLA interns release a video about several Boston-area Beta Sprinters.
“We’re interns at the Berkman Center working on the Digital Public Library of America initiative. We’re really fascinated by some of the Beta Sprint statements of interest we got, and we wanted to talk to some local Beta Sprinters about their projects and the DPLA in general.”
From “Sprinting Towards the Digital Public Library of America”

David Weinberger publishes a podcast interview with DPLA Steering Committee member and IMLS director Susan Hildreth.
“Some might assume that libraries and museums have outlived their purpose. When every book and archive can be recreated and reinterpreted digitally to create an incredible user experience, how is the physical and human infrastructure of the institution still necessary? It’s a challenging question, but libraries and museums aren’t finding themselves replaced by the internet, as the cynical might assume. In fact, their roles as curators and archivists are becoming more important than ever.”
From “Library Lab/The Podcast 006: From Brick and Mortar to 1s and 0s”, The Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory

A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions will be held at Columbia University on October 11, 2011.
“Our interest in a national digital library was initially piqued when Google self-selected itself as the agency for the conversion into electronic format of the unique book holdings of U.S. (and some other) libraries. Google converted millions of library books into e-books and presumed that the Google BookSearch Settlement resolved the issues and contention–but the Settlement was rejected by Judge Denny Chin and has left unresolved a host of issues that were supposed to have been “settled”, many of which will be taken up at this conference.”
From The UNABASHED Librarian