Digital Library Digest: August 5, 2011

Posted by Ben Naddaff-Hafrey on August 5, 2011 in Digital Library Digest.

David Burleigh announces the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile tour.
“To help libraries and schools educate consumers about the growing eBook explosion, The Digital Bookmobile will return to the road for a national tour allowing readers across the country to discover free downloads from libraries. The tour resumes today, August 1, at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland and will continue across North America, including stops in Ohio, Virginia, District of Columbia and Texas. The Digital Bookmobile will also showcase eBooks, audiobooks and more at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on September 24and 25.”
From the OverDrive Press Release, “Digital Bookmobile National Tour Underway to Showcase Library and School eBook Services”

David Weinberger liveblogs from the Harvard Library’s “LibLabapalooza.”
“The Harvard Library Lab, which issues grants for library innovation at the University, is holding a forum in which all the projects get 5 mins to introduce themselves. (The names prefacing these blurbs are of the presenters, who are not always the project leads or developers.)”
From the Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory blog post, “LibLabapalooza”

Jennifer Howard writes about Coapi.
“Today Kansas and 21 other universities and colleges announced that they’re joining forces to form the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi. The new group will “collaborate and share implementation strategies, and advocate on a national level,” it said in a statement. The group’s members so far include Arizona State, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Oregon State, Stanford, and Trinity universities as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oberlin College. “The goal is to provide more practical advice and ideas for refining and expanding policies on our individual campuses but also to leverage those policies into action,” said Lorraine Haricombe, the dean of libraries at Kansas.”
From Jennifer Howard’s post on Wired Campus, “Universities Join Together to Support Open-Access Policies”

Kyle Chayka discusses the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Digital Humanities grants.
“The Digital Humanities Start-Up grants are specifically aimed at projects examining “the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities,” according to the NEH Web site. NYU is also the recipient of a digital humanities grant for developing an open database for use in Ancient Mediterranean and Near East scholarship, while the New York Public Library will use its grant to create a “mobile application” allowing users to study “multimedia editions of musical theater plays.” A Stephen Sondheim iPad app, perhaps?”
From Kyle Chayka’s article on ARTINFO, “National Endowment for the Humanities Doles Out $40 Million in Grants, With a New Focus on Funding Digital Start-Ups”

Leave a Reply