The productive interlibrary collaboration has been giving great results during this project. This time we received at Uralica a new great bunch of material links from The Yamalo-Nenets National Library and The Regional Library of Tver.
The digitization of materials in Finno-Ugric languages in the national libraries operating in the Russian Federation has grown significantly during the past few years. Many Russian libraries have established their own digital collections and given the public either full or restricted access to the materials. The assumption is that the digitization and improved accessibility to Finno-Ugric materials both old and new promotes the language learning of native speakers of these languages. These Finno-Ugric languages can be thought to represent a crucial resource or the worldview of their communities, cultures and traditions – and culture, traditions and the worldview are best transmitted in free use of the native language.
Recently, we have linked some new collections onto Uralica in co-operation with the National Library of Komi and University of Tartu Library. The material from Komi contains musical notes and manuscripts of local composers, whereas the linked documents from Estonia consist of writings in and about the Livonian languages.
With the help of fund, received from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Cultures, we are developing the Uralica service that aims to bring together libraries and other institutions that possess digital content in Uralic languages. The latest addition was made last week, when we linked some digitized material from the Komi National Library onto Uralica. The linked material in Komi can be accessed here.