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A cross‐Pacific partnership: The University of Maryland Libraries and the National Diet Library of Japan jointly reformat children's books

Eiko Sakaguchi (University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA)
Kenichiro Shimada (University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA)
Amy Wasserstrom (University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 16 February 2010

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe the Prange Children's Book Reformatting Project as an example of bi‐national cooperation to provide the broadest possible access to a collection of historical significance to both nations, when most of the materials are still under copyright.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper examines the joint project between the University of Maryland Libraries' (UM Libraries) and the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) to preserve and provide access to the children's books in the Gordon W. Prange Collection. It highlights the unique aspects of the project, including its international component, and describes the project's access tools and service products.

Findings

The access tools developed as part of this reformatting project – an online digital collection for the UM Libraries and color microfilm for NDL – each have their limitations. Used in combination, however, these tools can support in‐depth research.

Originality/value

The comprehensiveness of the project (all 8,000 titles are being scanned), the use of digital‐to‐color microfilm technology, and the use of the color microfilm as an access point make this project unique.

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Citation

Sakaguchi, E., Shimada, K. and Wasserstrom, A. (2010), "A cross‐Pacific partnership: The University of Maryland Libraries and the National Diet Library of Japan jointly reformat children's books", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 18-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751011018473

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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