Introducing: The World Digital Library

UNESCO and 32 partner institutions have recently launched The World Digital Library.  The Library of Congress joins libraries from around the world including the National Libraries of Brazil, China, France, Israel, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Uganda, and more to provide free access to multicultural materials.  These primary sources include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs. The World Digital Library functions in seven languages―Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish―and includes content in more than 40 languages.



This is one of the images from Oceania.  Tawhiao (1822-94) was a Maori chief who reigned as the second Maori king for 34-years(1860-94).  He was a realist and a pacifist, renouncing warfare with the Europeans. Instead, he sought and gained recognition as a visionary and spiritual leader in New Zealand.

Posted on May 4, 2009, in Primary sources. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Melissa Johnston

    Hi Rebecca!
    Yes isn’t this a wonderful tool! I cannot wait to start using it with my students! Also I have been working with Library of Congress for the past year to create professional development materials that media specialist can use to teach their teacher about using primary sources as sources of information and integrating them into their instruction. It will be online and interactive. These will be launched at NECC in June so keep a look out on their website:

    Melissa P. Johnston
    Media Specialist, Haw Creek Elementary
    Doctoral Student
    College of Information, Florida State University
    The PALM Center: Partnerships Advancing Library Media, Research Assistant

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