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Digitization Projects at UNLV Libraries

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.

CONTENTdm Western User Group Meeting, July 23-24, 2007

By Cory Lampert on July 12, 2007 8:49 AM | Permalink
The first ever CONTENTdm Western Users Group Meeting is scheduled for July 23-24 at Reed College in Portland, OR. Although users of the software meet annually at ALA conferences, this two-day meeting was arranged in response to the overwhelming desire of CONTENTdm users to have more time to get together and talk about their experiences, challenges, and successes building CONTENTdm digital collections. The agenda for the meeting includes topics such as: All Things Metadata, Customizations, Multi-state/Partner Collaborations, and Publicizing Collections. I will be participating in a panel discussion on Workflow Models with Eric Luhrs of Lafayette College and Joanna Burgess of Reed College. The event is sponsored by OCLC Western and the organizers have set up a Western Users Group Wiki with the agenda, speaker information, and logistics for attendees.

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.

ALA Midwinter Report

By Cory Lampert on January 25, 2007 7:49 AM | Permalink
I've just returned from a trip to Seattle for the ALA Midwinter Conference. In addition to having some great coffee and enjoying the beautiful views of the Cascades, I also attended some very interesting programs and meetings. Some of the highlights included: New Members Roundtable Meet & Greet, Orientation, All Committees Meeting and Social Hour where I was able to talk with other new librarians from all over the country. During introductions, I was often struck by how many attendees were working as digital projects librarians or on some aspect of digital libraries. This was encouraging and made it particularly fun to network.

Notes from CONTENTdm training

By Cory Lampert on December 14, 2006 3:45 PM | Permalink
UNLV Libraries uses CONTENTdm digital media management software to build our digital collections. It is a very useful software that allows you to store and search digital images (scanned pictures, documents, digitized multimedia files, etc.) and build collections in a collaborative environment. One regional project that UNLV Libraries have contributed to is the Mountain West Digital Library that gathers collections from 12 institutions in the Mountain West geographic region together in one searchable database. More information about CONTENTdm can be found at the DiMeMa website.