The National Library of Israel (NLI) recently embarked on a renewal initiative to open access to its treasures to diverse audiences in Israel and around the globe.
In this context, and with rapid advances in technology that expand options for preservation and presentation of digital content, the NLI and the Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society have spearheaded Ktiv – The International Collection of Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts.
The Biblioteca Palatina in Parma
Ktiv is an innovative initiative that allows readers across the globe to freely access the complete corpus of existing Hebrew manuscripts, including more than 75,000 manuscripts scattered in more than a thousand collections around the world.
The Biblioteca Palatina in Parma is one of the first partners in the Ktiv project. The Palatina Library's Hebrew manuscripts collection is among the finest collections of Hebrew manuscripts in the world, as exemplified in content, production traditions, script and scribal practices, designs and illumination, and breadth of time periods and geographical areas.
11th Century Mishnah from the
the Palatina's collection of Hebrew manuscripts
A special event in Parma, which celebrated the completion of the digitization of some 1600 manuscripts / 300,000 images, included a 3-hour seminar by Prof. Malachi Beit-Arie about the Palatina's collection of Hebrew manuscripts, aimed for scholars and experts of Hebrew manuscripts.
The seminar was followed by a formal event which included two presentations:
Dr. Aviad Stollman, Head of Collections, National Library of Israel -
Digitization of Hebrew manuscripts: Why?
Dr. Sabina Magrini, Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism, Italy -
Digitizing the Hebrew manuscripts collection of the Palatina Library
The event concluded with a concert by the Ensemble Salomone Rossi and a light supper.
Prof. Malachi Beit-Arie