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Slovak National Library goes digital

The Slovak National Library (SNK) has launched a new electronic system for scanning books and the press, SNK director Dušan Katuščák told the TASR newswire on December 2.

The Slovak National Library (SNK) has launched a new electronic system for scanning books and the press, SNK director Dušan Katuščák told the TASR newswire on December 2.

It is the culmination of the first stage of a project aimed at setting up the so-called Slovak Digital Library, which will be based in a former military medical materials warehouse in Vrútky (Žilina region).

According to Katuščák, there are no more than 10 such automatic digitalisation systems in the entire European Union. Slovakia is among the first EU-member countries to launch the project, and SNK plans to buy another three scanning machines worth Sk7 million (€232,000) each. The number of items to be processed at the SNK is around 500,000, but it expects other institutions such as libraries and museums to join the project, which would increase the number of items to be scanned to 3.5 million. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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