Friday, April 10, 2009
The World Digital Library will be a reality on April 21, 2009
Until now, I always loved the U.S. Library of Congress for its majestic reading room.
Since 2005, the LOC has been working through the National Archives & Records Administration to create a digital archive and share it with the works of other countries in what is now being birthed as the
World Digital Library
The U.S. images contributed to the World Digital Library are now available at www.archives.gov/research/arc/topics/world-digital-library.
The entire project lives at http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org
The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.
The project’s goal is to promote international understanding and to provide a resource for use by students, teachers, and general audiences.