Library of Congress Joins World Digital Library Project

According to The New York Times, the Library of Congress has agreed with UNESCO to join the World Digital Library Project, currently in its testing phase and not available for public use until next year.  “The digital library is searchable in seven languages, with video commentaries from curators alongside material including original maps, manuscripts, photographs and recordings.”  The purpose of this project is to make the collection available to users of personal computers and electronic hand-held devices, including those inexpensive laptops that are being distributed in the developing world, with the intent of bridging the digital divide by providing free online access to the library’s collection.

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