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Jun. 1, 2010

Dean John Unsworth was recently interviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education for the story, "Humanities Go Google."

The digital content available to them until now has been hit or miss, and usually miss, says John M. Uns­worth, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, one of the partners in the HathiTrust consortium. Google has changed the landscape. Pouring hundreds of millions into digitization, the company did in a few years what Mr. Unsworth believes would have taken libraries decades: It has digitized over 12 million books in over 300 languages, more than 10 percent of all the books printed since Gutenberg.

"We haven't had digitized collections at a scale that would really encourage people broadly—across literary studies and English, say—to pick up computational methods and grapple with collections in new ways," Mr. Unsworth says. "...

Jul. 31, 2009

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York) has awarded $362,000 to the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) for Phase I of a project to build new digital annotation tools and define and demonstrate a framework for sharing annotations of digital content across the World Wide Web. The OAC includes humanities scholars, librarians, and information scientists from four universities -- George Mason University, the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland, and the University of Queensland (Australia) -- from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library, and from the Office of Advanced Technology Research at JSTOR, an integrated online archive of over five million items digitized from scholarly journals and primary source archives.

Annotating is a method by which scholars across disciplines organize existing knowledge and facilitate the creation and sharing of new knowledge. It is used by individual scholars when reading as an aid to memory, to add commentary, and...

Feb. 26, 2009

Sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the University of Illinois Library, the Illinois Informatics Institute, the Department of History at the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), this symposium aims to promote digital humanities scholarship at the University of Illinois through discussion of opportunities and obstacles and by showcasing digital humanities projects.

Join us on February 26-27, 2009 in Room 126 of the GSLIS Building. There is no fee to attend and no advance registration required.

A detailed program is available on the Library's Web site. For more information contact m-stuart [at] (Mary Stuart).