Library of Congress to Digitize Brittle Books
Swartz, Nikki, Information Management Journal
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Library of Congress a $2 million grant to digitize thousands of public-domain works, focusing on at-risk "brittle books" and U.S. history volumes.
The project, "Digitizing American Imprints at the Library of Congress," will include not only scanning the volumes, but also developing suitable page-turner display technology, the capability to scan and display foldouts, and a pilot program to capture high-level metadata, such as tables of contents, chapters/ sections, and indexes.
Past digitization projects have avoided brittle books because of their fragile condition, but the "Digitizing American Imprints" project aims to …
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Publication information: Article title: Library of Congress to Digitize Brittle Books. Contributors: Swartz, Nikki - Author. Magazine title: Information Management Journal. Volume: 41. Issue: 3 Publication date: May-June 2007. Page number: 12. © 2009 Association of Records Managers & Administrators (ARMA). COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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