Harvard uncovers its (human) hidebound collections

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Harvard Crimson, college newspaper of Harvard College, shared a report that may make some more anxiously await the final ebook takeover. Because there’s always the risk in a print library of one day laying your hands on a book bound in human skin. The practice of binding books in human [...]

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America

By libertyc
October 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

What kind of national digital library system—or systems, plural—should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America [...]

The Suicide of Computer Genius Aaron Swartz: Time for presidential peacemaking in the online copyright wars

By libertyc
January 14, 2013 // 22 Comments

After Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American Harvard professor, was erroneously arrested for breaking and entering, Barack Obama spoke up. The President at first overdid his criticism of the police, but in the end played the meritable role of peacemaker, inviting both Prof. Gates and the [...]

A Look at Several Recently Digitized Books From Harvard’s Houghton Library

By libertyc
March 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the Houghton Library Blog: An exciting array of materials have recently been digitized at Houghton. They include manuscript material from Joanna Baillie, George Eliot, John Keats, Charles Lamb, Percy Shelley, Robert Southey, Alfred Tennyson, Hester Thrale and George Washington. A 15th [...]

Harvard University press partners with DeGruyter for ebook sales, by Sue Polanka

By libertyc
January 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

DeGruyter and Harvard University Press just announced a new collaboration.  DeGruyter will serve as a sales partner for HUP’s eBook collection, both front and backlist.  The titles will be available on DeGruyter’s recently released interface which integrates book, journal, and databank [...]

Digital Public Library of America – smart appointment by Harvard-based library initiative

By libertyc
August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

A small-town public librarian has been missing from thesteering committee of the Digital Public Library of America—a troubling omission we’ve noted several times since the DPLA’s founding last year. But now the Harvard-based DPLA has filled in the gap with the appointment of Dwight [...]

Flaws of Harvard-hosted Digital ‘Public’ Library of America: Too secretive, too oligarchical & not responsive enough

By libertyc
June 17, 2011 // 1 Comment

A fashionable line in the media these days is, “Elections have consequences.” So does governance, whether of the local Rotary Club, the United States of America, or a Harvard-hosted group serving as a quasi-shaper of national digital library policy. Alas, the so-called Digital “Public” [...]

Harvard announces research/planning initiative for a “Digital Public Library of America”

By libertyc
December 14, 2010 // 1 Comment

A National Digital Public Library that Harvard Library Director, Professor Robert Darnton has been talking and writing about for many months and others (for example, TeleRead Founder David Rothman have been talking and writing about for years) will soon be the topic of a research and planning [...]

Judicial nominations in the Internet age

By libertyc
May 17, 2010 // 1 Comment

Chris Good has an interesting piece in the Atlantic (found via Slashdot) pointing out one of the unforeseen consequences of the digital age on the nominations of judicial appointees such as Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Nominees to the Supreme Court and other high-profile judicial positions [...]

Daniel Reetz on book scanning

By libertyc
March 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

Daniel Reetz- an artist and a Ph.D student studying visual neuroscience – recently developed a high-speed book scanning system using open source technology, cheap cameras, and garbage (which we covered here). Now Harvard has a video of a talk by him at the Berkman Center for Internet & [...]

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