The Digital Public Library of America

Libraries and archives around the world are digitizing unique resources at a rapid pace, but finding those resources by subject can be a challenge. If you know which archive holds the item you seek, you can navigate there. To search by subject, you can try Google, but you’ll miss things and have to weed through a lot of extraneous offerings. For instance, if you search Digital Book of Hours, you’ll find some, but you’ll have to go to the third screen to find the one at Davidson. The Digital … [Read more...]

Preserving our Intellectual Heritage

The preservation, organization and dissemination of the intellectual output of an institution are core functions of libraries and archives.  For an institution of higher learning, this output is perhaps second only to the quality of its graduates and faculty as a testament or indicator of its overall success. The advent of the World Wide Web and the digitization of most forms of information offer vast opportunities, as well as significant challenges, for the management of an institution’s … [Read more...]