The National Library of Ireland Gets Digital

Posted on January 20, 2012 by


From the Irish Times:

For 135 years saving paper has been its focus. But with so much of the world’s written content and images increasingly in digital form, the National Library of Ireland has embarked on a major project to digitise its collections and give equal weight to archiving new material that comes in bits and bytes.

An ambitious four programmes of work were launched during the past year, approaching the digitisation task from a range of directions. One effort is directed at digitising the library’s catalogues, as under 60 per cent its printed catalogue of books and periodicals is available online.

A second, the Digitisation programme, aims to convert some of the library’s printed material into digital – and therefore more widely accessible – versions.

The Born Digital programme is focusing on making materials that are relevant to Irish citizens available online, while the Oscail programme is the technical aspect – making sure the hardware and software is there to support the entire digitisation effort.

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