Seen yesterday in the local AP feed: Looks like a great partnership to access historic images on the iPhone or iTouch to satisfy pretty much any scholar or history enthusiast:
Duke and Apple to join forces
DURHAM — Scholars and students who once had to travel to museums or libraries to view collections of historic images can now do so by clicking on their mobile device instead.
With the launch of DukeMobile 1.1, Duke University Libraries now offer the most comprehensive university digital image collection specifically formatted for Apple’s iPhone or iTouch devices. It includes thousands of photos and other artifacts that range from early beer advertisements to materials on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene in the 1960s.
Although a growing number of scholarly institutions offer images and other material online, Duke is the first to offer collections that take advantage of the iPhone’s design, navigation and other features.
A brief video describing the new gateway to the collections is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHK3E4N7w6o.
Duke University Libraries offers mobile users digital materials from 20 collections — about 32,000 images overall — covering women’s history, early American sheet music, Duke history and other topics.
A more detailed article from Duke University’s DukeToday gives more info and a link to the free iPhone app as well as other wireless devices that use WAP 1.0 or 2.0.