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ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books

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ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books
Today we’ll tell you how we helped digitize Sakhalin Regional Universal Scientific Library We started transferring libraries into electronic form quite a long time ago. Regular readers of the blog probably remember review post on our library projects, as well as threads on Hartley Library digitization. and catalog creation Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh. So, here we go.
The Sakhalin Regional Universal Scientific Library has existed for 67 years and remains one of the main information, cultural and research centers of the Far East. Today the library holds about 617 thousand different publications.
One of the most valuable collections is rare local history books about Sakhalin and the Kurils, including local periodicals. Rare editions are not given out at home – they can get spoiled or lost – so you can only see them in the reading room. If you are studying Sakhalin for some purpose of your own, but live, for example, in Moscow, until recently the library could not please you with anything. The books from the depository fund are not given out – some of them are in the following condition (see the photo below) and you just may not lend them out:
ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books
ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books
It should be said that the Sakhalin Regional Scientific Library has long been trying to make various publications more accessible, for example, since 1994 an electronic catalog is being formed. The fund of regional literature is represented in the electronic catalog – 98, 187 bibliographic records. Now library staff are involved in a program to create a full-text database of local history information resources – providing periodicals and documents from the collection to create electronic copies. Already more than 7 thousand books and more than 30 thousand periodicals have been scanned. Librarians also analyze the contents of the collection: they disclose the content of publications, analytically describe collections, supplement electronic catalog entries with subject headings, keywords and annotate them.
The process of digitizing a publication consists of scanning on network scanners and processing the resulting image using Scan Tailor software (trimming pages, aligning text) and Photoshop (processing highlights, shadows, adjusting brightness, contrast of the image). At first the librarians tried to work on the scanner with page turning, but it ruined a few books, and this feature was no longer used.
After processing, the images are run through ABBYY Recognition Server , a text recognition and document conversion solution for electronic editable formats. The solution creates PDF files of newspapers and book publications with the recognized text, then the files go into the storage system. Records with resource descriptions and search attributes are created on the finished documents. Recognition Server processes 2, 000 editions, or about 200, 000 pages, annually.
Digital Library consists of three parts: "Sakhalin and the Kurils: Islands of the Morning Dawn", "Public Digital Library" and "National Digital Library". A navigator has been developed for users on all digital library sites. It is possible to narrow down the search for the desired information by article topic, author, as well as by rubric, collection, and document text.

Periodicals Library

This digital library has been formed since 2009, and since 2012 the website has been open for remote users "Sakhalin and the Kurils – Islands of the Morning Dawn" ). The specialists of the digitization sector select images of newspapers and put them into the "KAISA-Korean Studies" system designed to form a full-text digital library. Today more than 9 thousand issues of regional editions and more than 10 thousand articles of newspapers are available in electronic form, among them the famous newspapers "Soviet Sakhalin" (published since 1933) and "Gubernskie Vedomosti".
ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books
ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books
ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books

Book collection

Currently digitized 7221 books from the rare collections of regional studies, for example, especially valuable books: "Ten-tier map of Russian Sakhalin, made on the survey expeditions of the Geological Committee in 1907-1910 and other sources" 1914, "The first general census of the Russian Empire" 1897. edited by NA Troinitsky, "Sakhalin Island and the expedition of 1853-54 years. 1872 by N. V. Busse. The digitized book editions are partly posted on the library’s page on the portal National Electronic Library (NEL) and at Public Digital Library In book themed collections.
Periodicals and especially valuable books are not returned to the Regional Studies Department after being scanned, but are sent to a special fund for preservation and permanent storage.
ABBYY helps Sakhalin library digitize rare books
The digitization work on the collection continues. If you are exploring Sakhalin for your own purposes or are just going to visit, the Internet version of the Sakhalin Library is a great help.