A big infrastructure project that we’ve been working on for a long time has come to fruition: the publication and display of A/V materials through Finding Aids. Our first collection is now available: the Pride and Progress/The Right Stuff series of the Gay Cable Network Archives from Fales Library. Pride and Progress is described as “a half hour of news, community affairs, health reports, and sports documenting the pride and progress of gay men and women nationally.” The Right Stuff spotlights “gay talent, events, and happenings for and about the gay community.” Making these materials available online has been a multi-step process and has involved the following individuals: Melitte Buchman, Esha Datta, Laura Henze, Flannon Jackson, Carol Kassel, Alberto Ortiz Flores, Ekaterina Pechekhonova, Joseph Pawletko, Rasan Rasch, Eric Stedfeld, and Sally Vermaaten. Special thanks to curator Brent Phillips for his input and patience.
The books in the NYU Press’s Keywords series collect essays by authors across the humanities and social sciences, with each essay focusing on a single term and set of debates. Yesterday, they added a new book: Keywords for Children’s Literature. The study of children’s literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, Keywords for Children’s Literature presents essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. DLTS continues to provide hosting and technical support for this important series, though the NYU Press team has been quite self-sufficient.
Now that the new Ancient World Digital Library site is live, we are working to add new content as quickly as ISAW is delivering it to us. The latest effort along those lines is a series of books from the American Society of Papyrologists. Please read ISAW’s description of this important collection. We’ll be adding more books from this provider, along with other collections, on a regular basis.
For the Arabic Collections Online project, we have been working on getting the American University of Beirut (AUB) on board. They will be digitizing a large number of Arabic-language texts and sending the digital files to us in New York. To make this process possible, we purchased a camera for them and trained them on its use. After the training, we had to coordinate the shipment of the camera to Beirut.
Now online: a collection of labor posters from Tamiment. The Tamiment Library Poster Collection consists of items published between 1904 and 1991, that relate to left-radicalism, progressive movements, labor unions, and counter-culture in the United States, and in over thirty other countries.
At DLTS, we are always working on making our processes more efficient. On the digitization side, much of our work requires painstaking efforts that only skilled photographers can perform. Some of it, however, is tedious and repetitive, and a great candidate for automation.
A long time ago, DLTS digitized a book for Fales Library as part of an exhibition they were working on. The book was Soni͡a v tsarstvi͡e diva, the first edition of Alice in Wonderland in Russian. We recently re-shot the book to make the page images clearer. Soon, people will be able to search Bobcat and discover this lovely book.