World Digital Library Will Expand Science Holdings With Gift from Jones International University

Gift to support WDL expansion of content on American achievements in Science and Technology

Denver, CO - February 2, 2014  The Library of Congress today announced a gift from Jones International University® (JIU®) to the Library’s World Digital Library (WDL), an initiative which brings the rarest and most important cultural documents of the world to people everywhere.  This gift of $250,000 will support WDL expansion of content on American achievements in science and technology.

JIU Chancellor Milton Goldberg joined Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and John Van Oudenaren, director of the World Digital Library, to announce the
gift.

JIU faculty will also embark on a research project to explore WDL’s methods for offering its trove of international cultural treasures in multiple languages, with an eye toward broadening the global reach of online education.  

“We are committed to the concept of democratizing education on a global basis, and we are excited about the potential of language-translation technologies to help enable this effort.  Having the opportunity to study the WDL translation environment will be most helpful,” Goldberg said.

The World Digital Library is a project led by the Library of Congress that makes accessible on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from around the globe. The WDL includes 178 partners in 80 countries and is carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The objectives of the WDL are to promote international understanding; expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet; and to build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries. The WDL is available in seven languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish – and includes books, manuscripts, and other documents in more than 100 languages. 

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About Jones International University®, Ltd. (JIU®)

As the pioneer in online education, Jones International University offers an unparalleled online educational experience that provides essential tools and strategies for career starters, career changers, and career advancers around the globe. It offers an array of online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and professional certificate programs in the fields of business administration,
education, and business communication. JIU was the first entirely virtual
university in the U.S. to be granted regional accreditation and continues to
make its mark as the Gold Standard Online University®.