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New Program Helps Libraries With Digitization and Access

BCR (, BiblioLife (, and Ingram Digital ( announced a new program designed to help libraries improve access to their collections through digitization. BCR’s Shelf2Life program digitizes pre-1923, U.S. published monographs and offers those and other previously digitized materials in both digital and print-on-demand formats.

The program works through close collaboration between the libraries, BCR, BiblioLife, and Ingram Digital. Participating libraries work with BCR to identify materials to digitize or to supply files of previously digitized titles. BCR uses its new imaging center to scan the books utilizing custom software developed by BiblioLife. BiblioLife then postprocesses each title assuring a quality digital book. BiblioLife delivers the ebook to Ingram Digital, which then adds the title to its MyiLibrary platform. Titles may also be delivered to Lightning Source so that the book can be offered as a print-on-demand title.

Libraries and other cultural heritage institutions can gain access to these once-hidden collections by subscribing to them through the Ingram Digital MyiLibrary platform. Readers who want a print copy of the book can purchase a copy through one of Lightning Source’s participating retail partners. Libraries and bookstores worldwide can also order copies wholesale via Ingram’s industry-leading ipage portal.

BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a nonprofit, multistate library cooperative based in Aurora, Colo. BiblioLife launched the BiblioLife Network (BLN) in May 2008. BLN is a pragmatic end-to-end ecosystem aimed at addressing the huge challenges facing book preservationists around the world. The BLN includes libraries, library networks, archives, subject matter experts, and online communities. Ingram Digital and Lightning Source are Ingram content companies.

Source: BCR

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