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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Digitization milestone at U. Florida

Two million pages can be accessed from UF Librariesí Digital Collections, InsideUF, July 17, 2008.

[The University of Florida's] Digital Collections (UFDC) now provides free, online access to more than two million pages converted from the librariesí paper collections, UF museums and other UF programs. UFDC hit the one-million page mark in September 2007, and steady growth continues. It is now the largest university-based digital library in the Southeast, and one of the largest in the country.

Titles available in UFDC are not commercially available, and they are often difficult to access or use in their original state. Library archives and special collections, Florida Museum of Natural History Herbarium specimens, selected Harn Museum of Art objects and Samuel Proctor Oral History Program interviews can be viewed online without restriction. Microfilmed books and newspapers have been freed from the instability of microfilm. Additionally, UFDC accepts contributions from partners throughout Florida, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, mitigating travel time and costs.

Digitization is funded by state, federal and international granting agencies, through library, museum and faculty research, and from donations ...