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Submissions/Accidental Canon and Other Lessons From Building Digital Libraries

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Submission no.
Title of the submission
Accidental Canon and Other Lessons From Building Digital Libraries
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Asaf Bartov
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Project Ben-Yehuda
Personal homepage or blog
Project Ben-Yehuda's Blog (Hebrew)
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
In 1999, I started typing public domain Hebrew poetry into my home computer. 16 years and hundreds of additional volunteers later, I am running the largest and most important public repository of secular Hebrew literature. In other words, I have become an accidental librarian! And that taught me fascinating lessons and made me realize some broad cultural implications.

For example, our volunteer actions have accidentally created a new canon of older Hebrew works; Some surprising re-use has already emerged; we have accidentally become perceived authorities on these works.

I will present and discuss these and other lessons from my own experience and draw some parallels (e.g. to the Internet Archive).
Legal & Free Culture
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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