Researchers’ Lab Speaker Arrangement: Jeremy Dibbell The Libraries of Early America Undertaking: Rejuvenating Authentic Libraries with LibraryThing

On December 4, 2012, Jeremy Dibbell, Uncommon Books and Web-based Media Bookkeeper for LibraryThing, talked about the Libraries of Early America Undertaking.

Outline: The Libraries of Early America project is a work to digitize and make generally accessible the library assortments of American perusers from the early provincial time frame through 1825. Utilizing the online book-inventoriing website LibraryThing.com, researchers and volunteers from organizations around the nation have started the way toward making a broad online data set of early American libraries. Current subjects incorporate Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Woman Jean Skipwith, James and Mary Murray, and other early American perusers (some notable, others dark).

The Libraries of Early America assortments through LibraryThing permit clients to rapidly and effectively make correlations between libraries (what books did John Adams and Benjamin Franklin share practically speaking, for instance, or what books were most usually divided between every one of the Underwriters of the Assertion of Autonomy?), and to look through assortments which may not exist today in actual structure or which are spread across numerous establishments and private assortments. Further, LibraryThing’s abilities permit critical information about each book to be added to the record where known: records of marginalia, data about securing of the title, the limiting, correspondence about a given book, or even an ink to a computerized output of the volumes (likewise with the John Adams assortment at the Boston Public Library).

Up until now, information on in excess of 1,400 early American libraries has been added, with more data continually being gathered and included. I’ll examine the causes of the task, sources and strategies, and tentative arrangements and upgrades, zeroing in on a portion of the new things we’ll be doing later on, including an intriguing gander at libraries seized from Massachusetts supporters during the American Unrest.

Speaker Bio: Jeremy Dibbell is the Curator for Uncommon Books and Online Media at LibraryThing. He got his B.A. from Association School and M.A./M.L.S. degrees in History and Library Science from Simmons School. In the summers, he can for the most part be found at the College of Virginia’s Uncommon Book School, helping with the school’s weeklong courses.