Tuesday, April 21, 2009

World Digital Library Coming to a Computer Near You!

This is what the future of libraries will be like. I'm excited at the unveiling of the new World Digital Library. An Internet library aimed to be accessible to surfers around the world is now on line, with its formal inauguration in Paris on Tuesday. The latest in increasing international efforts to digitize cultural heritage, the World Digital Library is combination of contributions from libraries around the world.. Developed by the Library of Congress in Washington, with the help of the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Library was launched at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The Library not only offers an array of books, maps, manuscripts and films from around the world, in seven different languages, it ultimately aims to bridge a cultural divide not only by offering people in poorer countries the same access to knowledge as those in richer ones - but also by making available the cultural heritage of Asian, Africa, Middle Eastern, and Latin American cultures.

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