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News about an enhanced ebook from UNC Press; a partnership between CRL and the Linda Hall Library; CI-BAR a leading “Big Data” project; and the National Archive releases the 1940 census.

“The University of North Carolina Press today announced the publication of a special enhanced e-book version of Freedom’s Teacher:  The Life of Septima Clark by Katherine Mellen Charron.  Produced in collaboration with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, the enhanced e-book features nearly 100 primary-source items, including photographs, documents, letters, newspaper clippings, and 60 audio excerpts from oral-history interviews with 15 individuals–including Clark herself–each embedded in the narrative where it will be most meaningful…”

The enhanced e-book is published under the aegis of the Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement Project and according to Project Director Sylvia K. Miller “this is the first serious biography that has been enhanced at this scale with multimedia primary sources embedded contextually within the narrative.”

“CRL and the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology have entered into a strategic partnership to preserve and develop historical research collections in the fields of science, technology and engineering. The partnership will build upon the rich holdings of print serials in those fields assembled by the two institutions during the past six decades…”

As ATG noted in Friday’s News and Announcements, the White House “unveiled a Big Data Research and Development Initiative that will see the six federal agencies and departments put $200 million or more into Big Data R&D.”  The CI-BER project led by principal investigator, Dr. Richard Marciano, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science  “was included in the White House fact sheet titled, “Big Data Across the Federal Government,” which was distributed in conjunction with the announcement. CI-BER was listed as one of the leading projects in the country “that address the challenges of, and tap the opportunities afforded by, the big data revolution.”

Special ceremonial launch of the 1940 census is scheduled for today, April 2nd. “The National Archives’ largest single release of digitized records will be online at For the genealogical community, the 1940 census is the most eagerly-anticipated records release in the past decade. Following remarks, the Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero will launch the first search…”


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