Category Archives: Resources

CMLE Resources: Copyright

CMLE is here for you with all kinds of resources and information. Each week we will share a look at another piece of that information, to help draw some attention to resources that may help you as you serve your community.

This week we look at our Copyright resources!

Libraries and archives are often the locations in an organization where copyright laws meet the demands of your community members. We need to be ready to explain why it is not appropriate (legal) to just scan the latest expensive textbook and put it online for an entire class. We need to provide information on why we can not just photocopy articles from a popular journal every single week to distribute. We need to train our community members in using images online, in sharing information from behind paywalls, and so many more things to help them follow copyright law in their own work.

We provide a lot of information for you on our Copyright page. For some quick basics, check out our “Linking Our Libraries” podcast episode on copyright! Continue reading CMLE Resources: Copyright

CMLE Resources: Grant Resources


CMLE is here for you with all kinds of resources and information. Each week we will share a look at another piece of that information, to help draw some attention to resources that may help you as you serve your community.

This week we look at our Grant Resources material!

We provide a few links to help you write good grants. And we have a big chart of potential grant applications you can browse through to see which ones might work best for your individual library or archive.

Some Fundraising Links:

And of course, we have a podcast episode available with all kinds of grant information! You can download it to an app, stream it on your computer (instructions are on that page) – or just read through the material yourself. We strive to make information available and accessible to everyone, no matter how you like to learn things!

Would you like to write a grant, but are not sure where to start? Or have you started one, but are not sure what to say next? Or are you wrapping up a grant, and want another set of eyes to look it over? CMLE is here for you! Click here to let us know what we can do to help you!


Day Eighty Seven of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Digitizing materials is such hard work, both to do it and to keep them up to date and usable. But the access is so fantastic for those of us who can not visit all the places where rare, fragile materials are housed! So we appreciate the work done by libraries and archives able to do this good work.

One such library is The International Collection of Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts – ‘KTIV’

“With the rapid advances in the technological environment that significantly expand options for preservation, presentation and access to digital content, the National Library of Israel initiated the renewal of its collection of copies of Hebrew manuscripts. This enterprise, undertaken in partnership with the Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society (FJMS) is designed to make Jewish manuscripts widely available. The International Collection of Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts will enable global centralized digital access to the complete corpus of existing Hebrew manuscripts. The images will be preserved long-term using state of the art technology, and the collection will be accessible to international communities of researchers and users from the comfort of their own institutions and homes.

The International Digital Library of Hebrew Manuscripts is made possible through the generous support of the Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society (FJMS) and the Landmarks Heritage Program in the Prime Minister’s Office, created to preserve national heritage.

The Project’s Vision

• Open access to all Hebrew manuscripts, on the internet, on computers and on mobile devices.

• A quick and efficient search engine, enabling manuscript searches according to their physical attributes, content, historical and artistic context.

• A powerful viewer presenting the entire layout of the manuscript and single pages, enabling manipulation of high resolution images, and supplying links to the catalog record and to other related items or texts.

• A personal work environment, consisting of text- and image-related tools chosen by the user to create his or her own space according to individual preferences and needs (In the project’s second stage).

• Enabling users to share and consult with fellow users for research, education and personal interest.


The Project’s Process

• Contacting the libraries and collectors around the world and agreeing on the terms of digitization and presentation of the material.

• Scanning the manuscripts from the originals or from the microfilms. From the original, the digitization is generally done by the libraries’ teams, by local photographers or by NLI’s photographers, who take full color digital images, for long-term preservation, in the highest resolution possible. From the microfilms, the digitization is based on the negative reels of the manuscripts, which are scanned in gray-scale. The images are accessible in high quality in the website.

• Receiving and testing the images by the NLI team.

• The final outcome: high resolution images of the manuscripts.


Sharing Resources

Additional contributions will ensure the capacity to digitize the complete corpus of Hebrew manuscripts available worldwide. Designated donations can be made for particular manuscripts, for manuscripts belonging to specific communities, or for the development of educational activities and programming designed to promote engagement with this remarkable collection of manuscript treasures. The library will also welcome donations of digital images of manuscripts. ​​”