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The GPO expands free eBook access

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Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text [...]

British Library expands The Commons with Public Domain Goodness

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The British Library recently uploaded one million scanned public domain images onto The Commons, the world’s largest photo archive hosted by Flickr. Taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books, and digitized by Microsoft, the first set of public domain images–Highlights from the Mechanical Curator–is available for use, remix and repurpose. The set includes: [...]

National Digital Public Library to launch

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is one of those projects a librarian (and perhaps any other geeky type) dreams of. We’ve been blessed over recent years with access to the resources of so many powerful digital archives. But until now, these efforts existed as silos. We’ve had no  infrastructure to aggregate these wonderful [...]

NGA Images Database launches (with Open Access Policy)

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Yesterday, our National Gallery of Art made the following generous announcement that will be of interest to teachers and learners across the disciplines. The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at http://images.nga.gov. This repository [...]

“Every survivor has a story to tell.” Introducing IWitness & its 1000 stories

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Imagine that you could have 1,000 survivors in your classroom . . . The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation recently launched the BETA version of a truly important gift–a searchable, interactive archive of more than 1000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. It is simply one of the most elegant and thoughtfully [...]