Finding aid for Thomas G. Thrum collection

eVols logoNow available online – the guide to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library Hawaiian Collection Thomas G. Thrum materials which includes biographical information on Thrum; handwritten and typescript drafts of his books and articles and unpublished research materials; drafts of an unpublished work (title: Ancient Hawaiian mythology).  Check it out in the library repository eVols (

Establishing a Cultural Connection and a Sense of Place – Virtual Tour

Scholarspace iconCheck out the new addition to the Department of Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) student project collection in the library repository Scholarspace ( A usability study for a “means to establish an enrollment pathway to Honolulu Community College for Native Hawaiian students and create a sense of place at the college for Native Hawaiians that is culturally significant and relevant.”

Digital archives of historical black newspapers

Digital archivists for the black legacy press are teaming up with Google Arts & Culture as part of a larger plan to digitize the archives of black newspapers from across the country. Read more here:

Also of interest is a site called Black Quotidian a digital project designed to highlight everyday moments and lives in African-American history. This site features historical articles from black newspapers.

DPLA Open Bookshelf, a Collection of Free Ebooks

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has the launched Open Bookshelf, a digital library collection of popular books free to download, handpicked by librarians across the US. The collection currently has more than 1,000 books, with new titles added daily. Open Bookshelf is designed both for libraries and for readers: it is currently available to libraries through the DPLA Exchange and to readers via the SimplyE mobile app.

Open Bookshelf contains an exciting, diverse collection of titles spanning a myriad of genres. Readers will find: the classics they know and love, from Austen to Twain, updated for EPUB 3.0 format with beautiful covers; the best Creative-Commons licensed works from innovative authors like Cory Doctorow; freely available textbooks and academic titles representing the push for open scholarship; and an exciting multicultural children’s collection. Open Bookshelf titles are selected by DPLA’s Curation Corps, a team of librarians and information professionals representing communities across the US. They have built the collection on a title-by-title basis, using their expertise to add books readers will enjoy.

Readers can explore Open Bookshelf today in the SimplyE app. To get started, download the app (iOS and Android), add the Digital Public Library of America to the account, and browse the collection. No library card or account is required, and all books are free to download and keep.  Content providers who want to make their books available in Open Bookshelf are also encouraged to contact us. For more updates on DPLA Ebooks projects, sign up for our mailing list.

This work to improve access to books is made possible through the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.