U Penn To Put Special Collections Online

Penn Libraries, the University of Pennsylvania Library system, is embarking on a project to digitize its special collections, including rare books and historical documents. The project will kick off this summer and culminate in a fully searchable collection of rare books online.

For the digitization project, the library system will use Olive ViewPoint from Olive Software.

“We looked hard at the Olive solution and found it addresses the many facets of our digital projects and meets the high standards we have for our collections,” said Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries. “The idea that we can have a 17th-century edition of Hamlet online and fully text-mapped is really exciting; we’re looking forward to seeing just how far-ranging the effects of this project will be.”

Penn Libraries install the digitization software this month and will have the system up and running by the fall.

Penn Libraries comprises 15 individual libraries with more than 5.8 million volumes. The digitization project is being funded by a gift  from Library Overseer Bernard Goldstein.

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