Redesigned AWDL site launched

Ancient World Digital LibraryWe are pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL). An initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), AWDL will identify, collect, curate, and provide access to a broad range of scholarly materials relevant to the study of the ancient world. This site redesign, featuring all new scholarly content, was over a year in the making, involving a deep dive into book metadata and book publishing as well as an overhaul in site functionality. A special thanks to Alberto, Carol, Joe, Kate, Laura, Melitte, and Rasan for their work on this project.

For more information, please see ISAW’s press release.

Camp Kinderland collection is live

tam439_ref235_n000001_sCamp Kinderland was founded on Sylvan Lake in Hopewell Junction, NY in 1923 by members of the Workmen’s Circle who worked in the organization’s New York City schools. The camp’s founders sought to create a summer youth camp that would not only provide a recreational escape for the children of working people from the tenements of New York City, but also one whose culture would encourage and foster a commitment to socially progressive activism and the embracing of a rich Jewish secular tradition. DLTS digitized the photographic materials for this collection, which were glass negatives. The digitization process was complex and interesting, and the results are beautiful.

Collecting Photography from the Arab World

A photo of four unknown women in Egypt, the year also unknown, from the Yasser Alwan Collection at NYUAD. Courtesy Akkasah, the Centre for Photography, NYUAD
A photo of four unknown women in Egypt, the year also unknown, from the Yasser Alwan Collection at NYUAD. Courtesy Akkasah, the Centre for Photography, NYUAD

Akkasah, the Center for Digital Photography at NYUAD, has been collecting photography from the Arab world. Under DLTS’s direction, they are digitizing these images, which DLTS will then preserve and publish through finding aids. To read about Akkasah, please see this recent article.