In case you haven’t noticed, my blogroll has been growing by the handful every day. I’m finding more and more blogs that not only inspire me to make THIS blog better, but they are also very informative and fun to read! Most of them have a strong visual element and/or are library oriented. A common theme I am seeing in the Library blogs is this: Digitization. Preserving important, and often beautiful, bits of information.
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale) blog posted this about a month ago:
The Tibet Mirror (Yul phyogs so so’i gsar ‘gyur me long), Tibet’s first native language newspaper, began in October 1925 in Kalimpong, India. It chronicled dramatic social and political transformations in Tibet, India, and in the broader region.
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in collaboration with Yale University Library’s East Asia Library and Columbia University’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library digitized Yale’s complete holdings of the Tibet Mirror comprised of 71 issues and over 1,200 pages, ranging between the years 1927-1963.
Another blog, Book Patrol, writes about the digitization of photographs of poets: Some of them “A” list and some of them we’ve never heard of, but someone somewhere has.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Pennsylvania has digitized and made available over 2,000 photographs of poets that originally appeared in the pages of the American Poetry Review between 1971-1998.
The digitization of rare books and documents has been in full swing for some time, many collections have been fully digitized and there are even such things as “Digital Libraries”. As far as sustainability of digitized media goes, it is difficult to gauge whether or not digitization is actually more sustainable than preserving the original copies as best we can. Granted, this gives more people access to documents now and can potentially preserve original media further. There are both good and evils in this argument about digitization.
The blogs I’ve recently found are perfect lubrication for the rusty gears in my head. 🙂