It turns out that the session on electronic scholarship I mentioned didn’t really get into the defining characteristics of electronic scholarship, nor how it might differ from “digital media”. (Part of this had to do with trying to fit spiels from nine speakers into a 75 minute session while still allowing time for discussion. You do the math.)
Anyway, one of the panelists, Stephen Greenberg, is from the National Library of Medicine, and he gave us a peek at some digital materials that warm my old-timey, hide-bound heart. Specifically, I am ga-ga for the Turning The Pages project.
Take your browser over to their list of rare books. Choose a title. Then click on the cover to open the book. Zoom in if you want to see a magnified view. Hover over the page to see annotations. Click on the page you’re on to turn to the next page.
Sadly, it’s not the case that each of these entire books is digitized and animated. If you want the whole thing (or something on a particular page that didn’t get digitized), it may still require a visit to the library and some time in the rare books room.
But that can be fun, too.