Researching Foreign Language Newspapers in Chronicling America

The National Digital Newspaper Program-OH has produced a help video related to searching foreign language content in Chronicling America.  Watch the video to learn about the importance of immigrant newspapers; titles and mottos; bias; appearance; and content. You may also find this video helpful if you’re working with other historic newspapers. For more information, please visit Ohio Memory Search Help.   Visit the Hawaii Digital Newspaper Program pages to learn more about the University of Hawaii Library’s participation in Chronicling America.

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.

Open Access Week @UHM

UHM celebrated International Open Access Week, October 24 – 28, 2016 with a week full  of presentations and events. Such topics included Open Access & social justice, copyright, OER, Open Data, and editing Wikipedia. You can find many of the recordings and slides from these presentations on ScholarSpace: https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.