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The World Digital Library: Presentation by Dr. John Van Oudenaren, Director of the World Digital Library

  • 12 May 2010
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • . Bread for the World, 50 F Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC

The World Digital Library:  Making a collection of the world's cultural riches that tell the stories and highlight the achievements of all countries and cultures internet accessible while building capacity to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.

Presentation by Dr. John Van Oudenaren, Director of the World Digital Library.

The World Digital Library (WDL), makes it possible to study and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site. These cultural treasures include manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.  The WDL was developed by a team at the Library of Congress, with contributions by partner institutions in many countries; the support of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the financial support of a number of companies and private foundations.


Prior to becoming the Director of the WDL, Dr. Van Oudenaren served as chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress and was the director of the Library’s Global Gateway international digital library collaborations. Before joining the Library in 1996, he was a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation and director of RAND's European office in Delft, the Netherlands.


Directions to Bread for the World:  

Bread for the World is 1-½ blocks from Union Station.  From the Union Station Metro (red line), exit toward shops, then up the outside escalator.  Walk west (right as you face the Capitol).  You’ll need to cross both North Capitol Street and Massachusetts Ave.  F Street joins N. Capitol & Mass at the Phoenix Hotel.  Pass 2 Irish Restaurants and a newly constructed building to get to 50 F Street NW.

Parking garages near 80 F St, at 25 Mass Ave, and Union Station.  Drive south on New Jersey Ave NW (from Mass), turn left on to F (one way).  Parking garages both sides of streets.

Mailing Address:
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 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
P.O. Box 1653 Washington, DC 20002
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