The National Library of Scotland development strategy outlines plans to make millions of items in its collection available online. One third of the collection is to be digitised over the next ten years. “The Library already has a strong online presence and has digitised a number of its iconic items including the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, the Order for the massacre of Glencoe, the first books printed in Scotland in the 16th century, the first atlas of Scotland and First World War official photographs.”
While the Library will remain an important physical destination this project will open up it’s collections, online,to researchers worldwide.
The British Library recently announced a new partnership with Google to digitise 250,000 collection items under the Google Books programme.
The project will digitise a huge range of out-of-copyright printed books, pamphlets and periodicals from the period 1700 -1870. It will include material in most European languages, including some English.
The Library will select the BL collection items which will be digitised by Google at its own cost. The BL will work closely in partnership with Google over the coming years to deliver the digitised content. It will be available free of charge for full text search, download and reading, through Google Books and also via the Library’s own website. Digitisation of this material is not scheduled to start until 2013. BL press statement