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More digitisation funding for the National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is a step closer to realising its ambitious vision

to digitise the entire printed memory of Wales and ensure audiences across Wales and around the world can enjoy the mines of information held in the library’s collection

said Andrew Green, Librarian, as reported by BBC News in Historic newspapers to go online

The Welsh Assembly Government recently announced a grant of £2m to the National Library of Wales towards a digitisation project entitled Welsh Newspapers and Magazines Online, which will make freely available on the web about 300 titles of newspapers and magazines pre-dating the digital age.

Welsh Journals Online logoThis project follows from the succesful JISC-funded Welsh Journals Online digitisation project, which is making available the back-numbers of 50 key journals, both in English and Welsh, ranging from academic and scientific publications to literary and popular magazines.

Both projects are part of a much wider investment that the Library has committed to in order to digitise, and make freely available online, a critical mass of Welsh related content including Wales’ books, art works and documents, sound files, photographs and newspapers.

By Paola Marchionni

I work as Digitisation Programme Manager at JISC and am responsible, together with my colleague Alastair Dunning, for the successful delivery of a portfolio of projects that have been funded under the JISC Phase 2 Digitisation programme spanning 2007-2009. In addition, I lead on programme evaluation and programme support activities such as workshops and events, and work closely with the Communications and Marketing team.

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