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Weekly News Digest

October 30, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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PALINET Launches Mass Digitization Collaborative

PALINET ( announced the launch of the PALINET Mass Digitization Collaborative, a project funded by the PALINET membership and supported in part through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Mass Digitization Collaborative offers PALINET members the capability to contribute important historical and archival materials for digitization as part of a regional digital collection. Through PALINET’s partnership with the Internet Archive (, the new digital resources will be shared on the web, ensuring unprecedented open access to the rare and special library collections of the Mid-Atlantic region. The first goal is the conversion of approximately 60,000 books (20 million pages) into digital format.

Collaborative participants select unique items from their collections for digitization at regional scanning centers and add the new digital assets to their online collections. PALINET staff supports members throughout the process, as project participants work together to create best practices, standards, and policies. Through participation in the Collaborative, PALINET members create a community of practice dedicated to the development of the regional digital collection. For more information on the collaborative, please contact Laurie Gemmill, PALINET’s digital services manager, at or visit

Founded in 1936, PALINET is a member-owned and governed regional library network, representing 600-plus libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.


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