GLAM-WIKI 2015/Proposals/Accidental Canon and Other Lessons From Building Digital Libraries
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This is an accepted submission for GLAM-WIKI 2015.
- Submission no. GW15.1036
- Title of the submission
- Accidental Canon and Other Lessons From Building Digital Libraries
- Type of submission
- Author of the submission
- Asaf Bartov
- Country of origin
- Project Ben-Yehuda (a digital library)
- Personal homepage or blog
- Project Ben-Yehuda's Blog (Hebrew)
- Twitter username
- Facebook url
- I built a digital library. It had unforeseen and far-reaching cultural and academic consequences. Not all of them good. Oh, and other digital collections do the same. And so does Wikipedia.
- Detailed proposal
- In 1999, I started typing public domain Hebrew poetry into my home computer. 16 years and hundreds of additional volunteers later, I am running the largest and most important public repository of secular Hebrew literature. In other words, I have become an accidental librarian! And that taught me fascinating lessons and made me realize some broad cultural implications.
For example, our volunteer actions have accidentally created a new canon of older Hebrew works; Some surprising re-use has already emerged; we have accidentally become perceived authorities on these works.
I will present and discuss these and other lessons from my own experience and draw some parallels (e.g. to the Internet Archive).
- Discovery? Exposure? (not sure)
- Length of presentation/talk
- 25 Minutes
- Target audience
- No experience required. Anyone deploying or interested in digital collections.
- Expected outcomes
- An appreciation for some largely-unavoidable effects of creating large digital collections; directions for patron education and academic collaboration.
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