Court rules in favor of searchable database of scanned books

It’s every college student’s dream: to be able to use the ‘find function’ so often utilized on computers to pull out bits of text from an actual printed book. While that isn’t exactly what the HathiTrust Digital Library has done, it’s pretty darn close. Basically, since 2008, the project has involved scanning over 10 million books and assorted works into an online database. These books come from a number of library organizations and universities, 80 in fact, and are voluntarily given to the project’s team temporarily for scanning. [Read more…]

San Antonio embraces a library without paper books

When most people go into the library they search through thousands of different books until they find the exact one that they want to check out and take home. Things are now changing for a library in San Antonio, as they are embracing the future and looking to ebooks instead of physical books. This library is the Bexar County Digital Library located in San Antonio, Texas. When guests walk into this library they will not be greeted by shelves upon shelves of classic and new novels, they will just see many computer screens lined up next to each other. [Read more…]

Is San Antonio’s bookless library the future of libraries?

The first completely bookless library has opened their doors to the public in San Antonio, TX. Bexar County Digital Library prides itself at the “country’s first digital public library”. For people who consider a book to be words that are printed on paper and are bound together this news might be a bit confusing. However, for people who understand that a book can be available in a digital format the new library will make perfect sense. In fact, the new library boasts over 10,000 ebook titles. All of these ebooks are able to be accessed from the library’s 4 touchscreen tablets, 40 iPads, 57 computers and 900 ereaders. [Read more…]

Google Cultural Institute could be part of a national digital library

Imagine a public library that focused on providing access to digital versions of books, photographs, historical records, audio recordings and videos to anyone with access to the Internet.  The library’s mission would be to efficiently store a huge amount of digital content and make it easily searchable and accessible. [Read more…]

Denver Public Library uses social networking to digitize photos

Take a close look librarians.  This may be the future of public libraries.  Massive digitization projects where a librarian becomes the digitizer-in-chief.

The Denver Public Library is launching a site next Tuesday that will allow users to upload photos and stories about Colorado.  The idea is to leverage the power of social networking to create a historical digital collection for a geographic location. [Read more…]