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Digitization Projects at UNLV Libraries

Wikipedia and Digital Collections

By Cory Lampert on May 25, 2007 2:04 PM | Permalink
Recently, I helped out with a presentation for our Hot Topics discussion group that involved coming up with some web use statistics. There were some very interesting ones that indicated that in addition to research help, which we expect the site is used for, unique materials are another key feature that consistently brings in users from the web. For instance, Howard Hughes has been and continues to be a popular search term that delivers users to our site!

UNLV Announces New Digital Collection: Showgirls

By Cory Lampert on February 27, 2007 12:37 PM | Permalink
main_graphic.jpg NEW! The UNLV Libraries Showgirls Collection is now available at www.library.unlv.edu/showgirls/ The Showgirls collection documents the unique history of the Las Vegas entertainment industry. Many artists and entrepreneurs were influential in the birth of a Las Vegas icon: the showgirl. Showgirls features unique materials relating to costume design and theatrical productions associated with the history of Las Vegas entertainment.

Digital Collections and the Social Library

By Cory Lampert on January 10, 2007 3:36 PM | Permalink
5 Weeks to a Social Library is an online course that seeks to explain and demystify social networking software and highlight the practical applications of these new technologies in libraries. While I am not enrolled in the course, I have been watching to see how others are able to effectively incorporate blogs, wikis, Flickr, etc into a variety of useful library services. I have also joined the Social Library Lurkers wiki and will report on any interesting developments there. One question I am considering is at what point a social networking site is appropriate and when a digital library is necessary. The two have different characteristics and functions, but both require planning and organization to be useful. This also raises the issue of defining the different strengths of each medium and distingushing between a formal curated digital collection, an institutional repository (where items may be uploaded, reused, and/or stored), and a spontaneous collaborative online project via a wiki? (And distinguishing where a librarian's skills might best be used.)

New Digital Collection: Cities Around the World

By Cory Lampert on November 29, 2006 2:15 PM | Permalink
citiesphoto.jpg The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee has just released a brand new digital collection of over 5,500 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographic Society Library. 3,284 color slides were chosen for this project from the extensive Harrison Forman slide collection. Forman’s special interest was in Asia, but his collection also covers cities across all continents. The selected images span the years from 1958 to 1978 The Cities Around the World Collection (http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/digilib/cities/index.html) focuses on the main subject areas of: City & Town Life, Architecture, Views, Transportation, and People.