Today’s Haaretz newspaper announces the launch of a new web-site by the National Library of Israel, making available to the public “a huge collection of materials, including books, periodicals, maps, photos and musical selections from the library collection.” It is touted as “the most comprehensive content-based website in Israel”; the physical library facility is located on the Givat Ram (West Jerusalem) campus of Hebrew University. The article is found on-line here. Full text of the short article appears below. Happy hunting, everybody!
The address for the digital collection (click on “Digital Library”):
Israel’s National Library puts collection online
New website gives public access to huge amount of books, periodicals, maps, photos and musical selections.
By Ido Blass
The National Library of Israel has just launched a website giving the public access to a huge collection of materials, including books, periodicals, maps, photos and musical selections from the library collection. The website, which took two years to develop, is the most comprehensive content-based website in Israel. It can be found at: http://www.nli.org.il.
“There was a need, a burning organizational need, to create the right infrastructure for all the content the library provides,” said Orly Simon, who heads the public services division at the library, situated at the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “In the past, when you wanted to look for something, you needed to know the specific project [where it could be found] and look there. Now we aim to put all of the material in one place, in one digital library.”
The website is divided into a number of content sections. One featuring collections and archives provides access to the personal archives of former leaders as well as public figures such as the writer S.Y. Agnon and the philosopher Martin Buber, as well as special content developed by the library. There is also a catalogue section that gives the public access to databases and libraries around the world.
Hundreds of thousands of items from the library’s core areas – Israel, Judaism and Islam – have been scanned and are available on the website. There are also tens of thousands of hours of recorded music that Internet users can access, including rare Hebrew songs and cantorial music.
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(By the way, the people at WordPress thought you’d like the little snowflakes floating through my pages. It’s not really snowing in Jerusalem — it’s 61F and sunny today. This can — and will — change, though. Anyway, it’s December!)