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Digitization Projects at UNLV Libraries

Nevada Test Site Oral History Project Receives Award from National Council on Public History

By Cory Lampert on May 20, 2010 10:02 AM | Permalink

UNLV's collaboration on the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project continues gain visibility and recognition.

Recently the National Council on Public History awarded the project the 2010 Public History award for "excellence in work completed within the previous two calendar years (2009 and 2010) that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice."

Mary Palevsky, Nevada Test Site Oral History Project Director, and UNLV faculty members Andrew Kirk and Robert Futrell, were honored at the NCPH conference awards ceremony this March in Portland. Congratulations to the entire team that worked on this oral history project!

Announcing dmMonocle: a new open source viewer for CONTENTdm collections

By Cory Lampert on October 2, 2009 4:15 PM | Permalink
Digital collections managers in my position often make the case for digitizing materials like maps, newspapers, architectural drawings, and detailed images by highlighting that digitization is not only a great way to make the items globally accessible online, but it is also one way to actually transform the usage of the item. What makes a digitized image transformative is the enhanced way that users can zoom into details that may not be easily seen with the naked eye, but become visible through high resolution images and the ability to zoom into small details of the image. CONTENTdm users have had this ability for some time for JPEG2000 images / high resolutions JPEG's in their collections. The problem is that getting into the details requires enough clicking to cause carpal tunnel syndrome. This repeated clicking turns off all but the most determined users. Until now.... Recently, the Libraries' Web and Multimedia Designer has been working to improve the viewing experience for our users and has developed an open source application called dmMonocle to share with the CONTENTdm community.

Attention Library School Students!

By Cory Lampert on February 4, 2009 9:08 AM | Permalink
The ALA New Members Roundtable Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee wants to hear about your accomplishments! Are you a member of an active ALA student chapter? Apply today for this annual award that comes with bragging rights, plus $1,000 in travel funding to support ALA conference attendance! Feel free to forward this announcement to any interested students you might know. Thanks! Applicants Sought for the NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award Deadline: February 27, 2009 Calling All Student Chapters! Has your chapter had an outstanding year? Has membership in your chapter increased? Did your chapter develop and provide opportunities for members to participate in interesting and rewarding activities? Has your chapter received any awards? Do you have outstanding officers or members who should be recognized nationally?

Welcome Home, Howard: New Digital Collection on Howard Hughes

By Cory Lampert on December 17, 2008 8:38 AM | Permalink
The UNLV University Libraries announces the launch of a new digital collection, Welcome Home, Howard: Or Whatever Became of the Daring Aviator? This collection is an update of a popular Special Collections web exhibit, that has been converted to a searchable digital collection with added functionality and a new look. The collection features photographic images and portraits documenting the life of Howard Hughes, including images selected from two collections: The Howard Hughes Collection and the Hughes Electronics Collection. This collection also features several new functions, including a commenting feature and the ability to rate individual items. Search suggestions have been incorporated into the basic keyword search box and there is an enhanced date search that can be found under "Advanced Search". Give it a try! Visit the collection at: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/hughes/ Comments and feedback are always appreciated!

Nevada Test Site Oral History Project Receives Award

By Cory Lampert on October 23, 2008 9:51 AM | Permalink
I am pleased to announce that the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project is the recipient of the Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award, Honorable Mention, for "outstanding use of oral history". I was able to attend the Oral History Association's annual meeting this past weekend in Pittsburgh, PA to join and celebrate the other award winners and participate in the conference's Digital Showcase. I feel honored to be a part of this project and I am grateful to the OHA for welcoming me into their community. Other award recipients include: Muskie Oral History Project (The Edmund S. Muskie and Special Collections Library at Bates College) In Our Own Words - The Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers Oral History Project of Mexican American Community Builders in San Jose, California (Mills College) Congratulations!

New Resources from NEDCC

By Cory Lampert on September 22, 2008 10:25 AM | Permalink
The Northeast Document Conservation Center has recently released a set of valuable web resources for preservation and digitization. The entire release includes disaster planning, online preservation education curriculum, and a full selection of NEDCC leaflets on a variety of topics. Of particular note to digitization managers are the two sections on: * Toolkit: What's Wrong With This Picture which covers creating long-lasting quality digital master images and covers how to preserve these digital images over time. * Tookit: on Surveying Digital Preservation Readiness This toolkit "contains readings and resources on preservation and digitization of photograph collections, based on a highly successful three-day workshop series" and is chock full of helpful research, conference presentations and reports.

LOEX of the West Conference Starts Today at UNLV

By Cory Lampert on June 4, 2008 8:11 AM | Permalink
From the conference web site:
This intimate conference will feature programming highlighting the work of risk taking, game playing, fun-loving librarians and educators. Sessions in a variety of formats, including the experimental, will be creative and interactive and will showcase genuinely innovative approaches to helping students develop core information gathering and management skills.
Though the focus of the conference is library instruction, the keynote speaker, Greg Niemeyer, will talk about games and the learning process. Certainly a timely and interesting topic that could easily translate to the online environment and digital collections. I've noticed a rise in the frequency of interactive games (one example is the London Science Museum's game) and learning modules especially in online museum exhibits and this is definitely an area ripe for exploration as we seek to integrate primary materials and learning objectives into value-added digital collections.

Grant-funded Digitization Employment Opportunities at UNLV

By Cory Lampert on May 16, 2008 3:07 PM | Permalink
Recently, The University Libraries were awarded an LSTA grant to fund a new digitization project: Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years 1900-1925. This project will focus on digitization of materials in our historic mining and railroad collections and will involve collaboration with local partners to identify content and make it more accessible through an online collection. The Libraries are currently seeking candidates for the following two temporary grant-funded positions: a Digital Collections Metadata Specialist and an intern currently enrolled in the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences program. More detailed information and required qualifications can be found on the Libraries' employment page. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the full digitization life-cycle and work with a great team of people at the Libraries. Contact me for more information.

Your Opinion on Technology Conferences

By Cory Lampert on September 4, 2007 10:54 AM | Permalink
I am currently gearing up for the 2007 LITA Forum and saw this announcement come across my RSS feeder this morning. It is a survey about technology conferences posted on Michelle Boule's A Wandering Eyre blog where she writes that she is a member of "an ALA LITA Committee that is trying to design a better technology conference". Here, here!