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Search thousands of historical documents from the Nuremberg trials

“The Harvard Law School Library uniquely owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and the subsequent twelve trials of other accused Nazi war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) during the period 1945-49. Considered by many to be the most significant series of trials in history, these trials were established to prosecute those in authority in the Nazi regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity, to document those atrocities so that a permanent historical record would be created, and to establish a standard of conduct acceptable in time of war. The documents — which include trial transcripts and full trial exhibits and related materials — have been studied by lawyers, scholars and other researchers in the areas of history, ethics, genocide, and war crimes, and are of particular interest to officials and students of current international tribunals involving war crimes and crimes against humanity. To preserve the contents of these documents — which are now too fragile to be handled — and to provide expanded access to this material, the Library has undertaken a multi-stage digitization project, originally conceived in the late 1990s and implemented in stages since then. The Nuremberg Trials Project is an open-access initiative to create, present and make accessible digitized images of the Library’s Nuremberg documents, document descriptions, associated transcripts in both full-text and image formats and general information about the trials.”

Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System

Issue Brief – Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System, Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, University of Michigan, Ithaka S+R. October 26, 2016. “The public domain is the ultimate open access. It is key to the bargain of copyright. Rather simplistically, in order to incentivize authors to produce works, the public, through… Continue Reading

MIT Libraries launch “Public Access QuickSubmit”

“The Libraries has launched a “quicksubmit” web form to help MIT authors comply with research funder public access requirements for articles. We built the form in response to the Department of Energy’s public access plan, released in 2014, which requires researchers to submit accepted manuscripts reporting on DOE-funded work to an open access repository like… Continue Reading

The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers – Infographic

Infographic, The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers and Their Imprints, “Rectangles are either divisions, groups, imprints or publishing lines.” This is the work of Ali Almossawi [who “works on the data science team at Mozilla and is an alumnus of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division (M.S.) and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science (M.S.) “]  The… Continue Reading

Paper – Overly Honest Data Repository Development

Overly Honest Data Repository Development. “After a year of development, the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a repository, called the Illinois Data Bank (, to provide Illinois researchers with a free, self-serve publishing platform that centralizes, preserves, and provides persistent and reliable access to Illinois research data. This article presents… Continue Reading

Applying the Right to Be Forgotten: IFLA Publishes Open Letter

Application of Right to be Forgotten Rulings: The Library Viewpoint “See also IFLA’s background report on the right to be forgotten around the world, as well as the report from the workshop IFLA organised at the latest European Internet Governance Forum (EuroDIG).” Continue Reading

The ultimate reading list by UKSG librarian conference delegates

Oxford University Press Blog: What do librarians like to read? – “Of a grand total of ninety entries, seven titles appeared twice in our perfect library, including The Master and Margarita, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and the Norwegian classic Hunger (Sult). We were pleased to see many librarians keeping in touch with their inner… Continue Reading

Commentary – Why we still need to keep books in our campus libraries

Ann E. Michael is writing coordinator at DeSales University, and a poet. She blogs on poetry, nature, philosophy — and sometimes libraries — at “..Like many avid readers, I’ve been engaging with texts since I teethed on my first book of nursery rhymes. So I admit to a strong bias toward the presence of… Continue Reading

beSpacific nominated as one of Best Legal Tech Blogs – please vote

Dear Colleagues/Readers – beSpacific has been nominated in the The Expert Institute’s – Best Legal Tech Blogs category. It will take no more than one minute to complete your vote, and yes it does count. You read beSpacific free – the research conducted to publish this blog every day is time intensive, expert, focused and… Continue Reading

Authors Alliance and Internet Archive Team Up to Make Books Available

Internet Archive Blog, Michael Wolfe, Executive Director, Authors Alliance – “To write a book takes time, effort, more often than not, love. Happily, books are built to last, and with the proper stewardship remain relevant, provide insight and information, or entertain for generations. So why is it that, when the internet provides more avenues than… Continue Reading

Heleo – Keith Houston Investigates the Long, Strange History of Books

“Most people who are involved in making books, or writing them, are acutely aware that there’s a very big shift happening.” “…The thing that I hadn’t appreciated was that so much of the history of the book came from elsewhere, from China mostly. Just the invention of paper, which is absolutely vital, and then printing.… Continue Reading