April 20, 2018

British Library Declines Taliban Archive, New Hosts Step Up

The British Library (BL) has turned down a large archive of Taliban-related material due to issues of copyright compliance and concerns on the library’s part that, by hosting the collection, it could be in violation of counter-terrorism laws. On August 28 the BL released a statement explaining that it would neither acquire nor provide access to the digital archive of materials from the Taliban Sources Project (TSP). The collection includes more than 1,000 newspapers and magazines published between 1996–2001, when the Taliban was the ruling power in Afghanistan, as well as volumes of Sharia law and edicts, military documents, maps, transcripts of radio broadcasts, poetry written by Taliban soldiers, and video and audiotapes.

New Video: The British Library Takes a CT Scan of Europe’s Oldest Intact Book

A new video from The British Library online today. The St Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest intact European book, underwent a CT scan to reveal more information about its structure. This video, produced by Christina Duffy, Imaging Scientist at the British Library, shows the manuscript, its wooden boards, the cords which lie under the raised frames […]

Shelley-Godwin Archive Aims to Help ‘Citizen Humanists’ Crowd Source Digital Humanities

The Shelley-Godwin Archive, a free online resource featuring the digitized manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, will include tools designed to encourage collaborative humanities research, similar to collaborative public projects in the sciences.

British Library Launches Videogame Website Archive

Curators at The British Library are archiving videogame websites, and they want gamers and designers to suggest material they consider worthy of preservation. Besides the online games themselves, that can include forums, FAQs, emulation software, even ads. Sites can be nominated by filling out a form at  webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/info/nominate. “The collection will include some actual games […]

The British Library and the Lure of Amazon

The British Library does not seem quite so placidly assured these days, as the confusion and upset over its expanding relationship with Amazon shows. The dispute will likely repeat itself here at some point in the not too distant future, as more public libraries decide that it has suddenly become a part of their mission […]

The British Library and BiblioLabs Launch 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad

The British Library has launched its 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad. The app was announced in June with an initial offering of 1,000 19th century books, but it now offers 45,000 titles to subscribers ($2.99 a month) and this will expand to 60,000 titles by the end of the year. Users have access […]

The British Library and Google to Digitize and Make Freely Available 250,000 Books

The British Library and Google announced a partnership today to digitze 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the library’s collections that will be available to anyone who wants to do research. Over the coming years, the content will be delivered free through Google Books and the British Library’s website. Google will pay all costs. This project will […]