Monday, February 25, 2008

New Digital Collection at Center for Jewish History Now Online

New Digital Collection at Center for Jewish History Now Online

Tony Gill, Director of the Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory at the Center for Jewish History posted this announcement on the METRO Digital Collections Special Interest Group mailing list:

The Center for Jewish History recently completed a METRO-funded pilot project to digitize and make freely accessible online 40 Yiddish and Hebrew children’s books, many of which are richly illustrated, from the collections of two of the Center’s Partners: The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and the Yeshiva University Museum.

The collection, which is still growing rapidly, can be found online.

The books were digitized and made available by the Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory, the Center's state-of-the-art in-house digital collections-building facility. In addition to making the children’s books available through CJH Digital Collections, the books were also uploaded to the International Children’s Digital Library (, thereby making them even more widely accessible to current and future generations.

The Children’s Books Pilot Project at the Center for Jewish History was supported in part by funds from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program. Thanks to the success of this METRO-funded pilot project, the Center has since received a generous gift from the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund to digitize a further 50 children’s books.

Please let us know what you think of this new digital collection by completing our brief online survey.

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