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My Digital Library Learning Project

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Librarians in Troubles, picture by Claesju

Librarians in Troubles, picture by Claesju

Hi everyone,

today I have finished my Digital Library Learning Project.

I have introduced more practice exercise to support the different Digital Library examples.

Also there are a new section that include a discussion about the Libraries future, where I include my opinion about it.

As I say in my project, we are involving in a change time. The Digital Library subject is really huge and now is under developing. So I hope that my learning project could help people to understand the Digital Libraries, only as overview but being useful and clear.

This picture illustrate the blog´s name, Librarians in Troubles. I think that is so funny. There are two librarians very sad and worry because many people think that the Libraries are going to disappear, and the traditional librarians with them.

I don´t share totally this opinion, but I think that we need improve and adapt our profession. Or really we could finish as the picture show. 

I hope you enjoy my learning project.


Newborn World Digital Library: testing the quality

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Today has been inaugurated the new World Digital Library  with the support of UNESCO. I had been waiting patiently the moment to go inside it and finally I like it in many senses.

A good point is that the WDL is very good presented.

The first page that you see is a map of the world divided by subdivisions of the continents and the number of documents available by time. Down this map you could see a time´s line where is possible choose a specific century or a time scale. Of course is possible do a “more normal browsing” by time, place, topic, type of item and institution.

A bad point is that I think now is only an example of what is going to be, because I think is still “empty”.

Testing the quality of the World Digital Library:

At the first time a tried to browse an edition of the spanish author Cervantes,  that

“His magnum opusDon Quixote, considered the first modern novel by many,[1] is a classic of Western literature and is regularly regarded among the best novels ever written. His work is considered among the most important in all of literature.” (from Wikipedia)


But this first browsing about Cervantes Saavedra didn´t work.

I introduced “cervantes” in the search space. The same with “quijote” or “quixote”. So I supposed they don´t have any document related to this topic.

Next I decided choose a document offered by them, because at this moment there are not too much documents.

The result was great. A wonderful picture of  a ” Chola Woman, Full-Length Portrait, Standing, Facing Right, La Paz, Bolivia”. The picture has a very good description, also in spanish, and others languages and the quality is wonderful

There is possible find out more pictures or information related to this document. For example the author, the collection from is part, etc. Is intituitive, I think so, more than a normal catalog, and the presentation is wonderful.

So I hope the WDL is going to have more documents in the future, because now is almost only an example of Digital Library. But I like his use and the quality of the pictures, cataloging, interaction, etc. Now we can talk about the world digital library as something real and working, but at the moment, only as an example of his potential.

Kirkas Gold Robotic Book Scanner

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Here you have another book scanner. It is faster!!

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March 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm

New Spanish version of Librarians in Troubles

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today I´m opening a spanish version of this blog. The idea is provide a different point of view introducing information from the spanish resources and also make avaible the english posts of “Librarians in Troubles” for more people.

I have to say that I´m sure that many times the information in the two websites are going to be different, but I wanna try to provide in both blogs the respective pages. I know that it is going to be more work but I hope is a good way to do an integration.

The links is

Bibliotecarios en Apuros

Also is possible access to the Spanishversion by the page that appear in the right-up side.

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March 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Robotic Book Scanner

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yesterday I was surprised with the digitizer machine that appear in the video. I have been looking at different video of robotic book scanner. Here you have one that is really amazing!! It is from Treventus. Enjoy!!

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February 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

Stanford University Digital Library

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today I wanna show an interesting video that I have found in youtube. It is about the transformation inside the Stanford University´s Library.

I’m hallucinating with the digitizer machine book!!! And of course all the resources that are necessaries to do real a modern digital library.

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February 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Project Gutenberg

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 Project Gutenberg  is the first one project in Digital Libraries. Michael Hart, the founder, said “To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.”
The PG, abbreviated, was founded in 1971 is a project made possible through the efforts of volunteers from around the world. The main idea is digitize, archive and distributed culural works (Wikipedia) and using the World Wide Web make this information available in the public domain. Also the PG is affiliated with many projects that are independent organizations with share the same ideals. Most of the content is in English but is also found in other languages such as French, Portuguese, Italian …

After this short introduction extracted from Wikipedia  I´d like to comment on how this project impressed me for years. I use it to find books that I like to read, as a normal library but with the huge difference that I can see every book from my home and I can edit, copy, print or anything I would like. For example I love the Beatrix Potter´s tales, and her beautiful and expressive animal drawings. The catalogue is easy to use, I introduce her name and I receive the page with all her digitized works and something interesting, also her webpage in Wikipedia.

Is great know that some of the tales are audiobooks, not all of them, but some. Miss unless there is no more language versions. I supposed in the future this will be more complete, hopefully!! But allways is necessary remind that it is a cooperative work. This point remind me one famous novel and film, more famous between the librarians because we normally use as an example :-), the novel “Fahrenheit 451″ where

“The novel presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic, and critical thought through reading is outlawed. The central character, Guy Montag, is employed as a “fireman” (which, in this future, means “book burner“). The number “451” refers to the temperature (in Fahrenheit) at which the books burn[1] when the “firemen” burn them “for the good of humanity”. Written in the early years of the Cold War, the novel is a critique of what Bradbury saw as an increasingly dysfunctional American society.” (from Wikipedia article).

Of course is not my purpose explain here the novel, but I only wanna comment that this novel-world has some similarities with the PG, on the novel some crazy people go away from society to save their favorite book and so it could survive with them, as book-people, which may transmit to future generations, independenly of political or religious reasons. On PG the people work to make available the books to the public, exactly on the same way that in the novel of Ray Bradbury. I like very much this ideals and the spirit behind it. Share culture, share knowledgement, share humanity using our little bit.

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February 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm