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Digital Library adds 4,000th item

Today Friday April 25th 2008, the 4,000th item was added to the Digital Library. From the Joseph McGarrity Papers Collection, it is a sketchbook of pencil drawings done by Joseph McGarrity. The drawings include Mcgarrity family members, friends and McGarrity himself.

The count of items in the entire Digital Library is updated as each item is added to the collection and is viewable.



  1. Comment by Dr Klaus Graf — May 5, 2008 @ 12:37 PM

    Having visited the Villanova Digital Library since 2006 with great pleasure, see my announcement in German at
    I would like to say that I don’t like the new outfit. The loading of the thumbs in the left frame makes the website too tardy.

    Please give comprehensive metadata to the manuscripts e.g. Legenda sanctorum according scholarly standards in special collections.

    Please shorten the permanent links.They are too long.

    Please put all content under CC-BY (although I have to say that only copyright protected content is available for CC licensing – digital books are not copyrightable according Bridgeman v. Corel).


  2. Comment by Michael Foight — May 8, 2008 @ 9:54 AM

    Thank you for your comments. Our digital library software is homegrown and is updated on a regular basis with enhancements suggested from our user population, though our primary user population is our extended Villanova community.

    Here are some specific comments:

    All works eventually get full metadata; we place objects online to use “as is” until full descriptions are provided.

    Link length is a product of our collection naming and collection organization structure; we do not plan to change this methodology.

    We do plan to move to CC 3.0 licensing but will keep any restrictions in place. Bridgeman has yet to be appealed and has not been reviewed by either appellate or U.S.S.C. and is not likely law under UK law; we exert our authority to copyright works in those jurisdictions where it applies and use CC as a tool to license that content with the restrictions included in the specific license.

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