Digital Library Digest: July 22, 2011

Posted by Bumourfcearce in July 22, 2011.

Sasha Nyary profiles Steering Committee member Maura Marx.
“What has remained the same, and essential, [Marx] says, is access. ‘Access to information has always been the basis of all innovation and creativity. It’s necessary for innovation. And people get that; it’s not new to them. The intent of the Digital Public Library of America is to create a public resource, to create a public good. It’s very exciting.'”
From Sasha Nyary’s article in Simmons College’s InfoLink Online, “Maura Marx: A Renaissance Woman in the Digital Stacks”

David Weinberger updates on his book and the Library Innovation Lab’s Beta.
“As for the Library Innovation Lab, we are doing this amazing project for DPLA that is coming together. There are some gigantic, chewy issues we’ve had to work through, which we have been working with some fantastic people on. If we get this even close to right — and I’m confident we will — it will make some very hard problems look so easy that they’re invisible. It’s going to be cool. I am learning so much watching my colleagues work through these issues at a level I can barely hang on to. And then there are all the fascinating problems of building an app that makes people think it’s easy to navigate through tens of millions of works.”
From David Weinberger’s blog post, “Why I’ve been quiet”

Deepa Narwani discusses Dubai’s digital library efforts.
“The e-library offers members quick and easy access to a vast pool of study and research databases. Not only do they cover a spectrum of subjects both national and international, these databases also are current and as relevant as possible. There are three databases, which include the library’s online public access catalogue, which has details of all the collections by title and location, Ebrary that provides access to an online database that categorises and archives more than 52,000 books and the Oxford Islamic Studies Online that encompasses over 3,500 Quranic materials.”
From Deepa Narwani’s article in the Khaleej Times, “e-avatar for Dubai’s public library

Jie Jenny Zou writes about digital textbook rentals from Amazon.
“Students can now download temporary copies of textbooks on Amazon’s Web site for reading on a Kindle e-book reader or on a computer, tablet, or smartphone running free Kindle software. The system lets customers specify rental periods lasting anywhere from a month to a year. Amazon argues that the digital rentals can save students up to 80 percent compared with traditional print textbooks.”
From Jie Jenny Zou’s article on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus Blog, “Amazon Announces Digital-Textbook Rentals”