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Continuing the late Minister Lee O-young’s legacy in the digital space
On June 27, NLK signed a MoA with the Youngin Museum
Photo. Kang In-suk, Director of the Youngin Museum, and Sur Hye Ran, CEO of the NLK, pose for a photo after signing the MoA.
On June 27, the National Library of Korea (CEO Suh Hye Ran) signed a MoA with the Youngin Museum regarding the digitization of materials related to the late Lee O-young, South Korea’s first-ever Minister of Culture, and covering additional related services. The materials feature his writings, including books and lecture notes, footage of TV programs, photographs, tools that he used for writing, and other possessions.
The content of the agreement includes cooperation between the two organizations regarding the digitization, preservation, and shared use of the late Minister’s materials, the digitization, preservation, and shared use of the materials housed in the museum, and the co-hosting of exhibitions and workshops as needed to achieve the goals of the agreement.
The NLK will examine the list of materials and organize them as Collections by Theme before publishing them on the library website in December. Collections by Theme is an NLK project that organizes valuable materials according to certain themes and makes them available to the public (examples of themes include The Independence Movement Viewed through US Government Documents, Joseon-era Epidemics and Medical Books, and UNESCO and Korea). The NLK is also planning to hold an exhibition and seminar entitled “Lee O-young viewed through data” with a goal of supporting the memory of the life and spirit of the late minister, which is very much in line with elements of modern life such as culture, creation, life, and dialog.
Meanwhile, the NLK will digitize manuscripts by modern South Korean writers, including Lee Sang, Kim Eok, Lee Hyo-seok, and Chae Man-sik as well as their manuscripts for the magazine Munhaksasang, letters, and portraits housed in the Yongin Museum for preservation and future services.
“It is a great pleasure to be able to lay a foundation for the digitization and servicing of the materials of the late Minister Lee O-young, an icon of the South Korean literary community, as well as of the works of modern authors housed in the Yongin Museum,” Said Chief Executive Suh. “Since 2018, the NLK has been working to build a digital archive of the country’s knowledge and information heritage (“the Korean Memory”). I welcome the interest and participation of the arts and literary communities in the NLK’s digitization efforts for materials housed by culture and arts organizations including libraries, museums, and galleries, and more.”
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