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U of Iowa, I think I love you

The University of Iowa is digitizing its massive collection of fanzines and other fan works. As a fan, as a librarian, as an archivist, as someone who has been involved in six-figure digitization projects and knows just how complicated and expensive this is (and what a huge long-term commitment is involved), I am practically giddy with excitement. Best of all, they're going to open it up for crowdsourced transcription, so you can read fanfic and help future readers/researchers/fans all at the same time. Is that squee-worthy or what??

Thanks to ennyousai for alerting me to this project :)

...Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have become increasingly accessible and well known since the advent of digital communication, they are nearly as old as the genre itself—and in some cases, nearly as storied.

“Our collecting emphasis on fandoms and fan-created/related materials is solid and ongoing, as is our connection to fan communities and our dedication to helping them preserve and provide access to their histories for research and pleasure,” Balestrieri [said]...Now, the pulps and passion projects alike will be getting properly preserved and digitized so they can be made accessible to readers and researchers the world over...Once the titles are digitized, they’ll become the basis of a searchable database that UI is counting on volunteers to develop through crowdsourced transcription...

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nocturnus33
Jul. 26th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
Cool, so, so cool.

As a researcher, a book lover and as a reader I love the idea.
shyfoxling
Jul. 27th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
Cool!
haruhi_fan
Jul. 27th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
Neat seeing old meeting new this way. Wait, you're a librarian...ok...fight off fetish urges of picturing sexy librarians among the stacks of books...I better go, I think I hear Yomiko Readman (ROD TV) and Shiori (The World God Only Knows) and the Librarian Exploration Club of Yue, Konoka, Nodoka and Haruna (Mahou Sensei Negima) a callin'!
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ennyousai
Aug. 7th, 2015 01:40 am (UTC)
It is super cool!

The Hevelin collection also has a really great tumblr here: http://hevelincollection.tumblr.com/. Definitely worth looking at.
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