Event Title

Sneak Preview: Bear River Watershed Historical Digital Collection

Presenter Information

Steven Sturgeon
Cheryl Walters

Location

Eccles Conference Center

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu/

Start Date

3-27-2006 2:30 PM

End Date

3-27-2006 2:45 PM

Description

Created with assistance from a USU Water Initiative Grant, the Bear River Watershed Historical Digital Collection (http://digital.lib.usu.edu/bear.php) provides researchers with desktop access to a wide array of historical information on the Bear River Watershed. Using a digital asset management program called CONTENTdm, we are digitizing unique research materials from the University’s special collections and featuring these in a web-based collection. Types of materials currently include maps, government reports, photographs, slides, and plat books, with plans to add manuscripts,diaries, and other formats soon. One of the highlights of the collection will be an online comprehensive bibliography of Bear River Watershed resources owned by Utah State University Libraries. This digital collection enhances usability of the analog materials through functionality such as zooming and panning maps as well as detailed and full-text searching based on predefined search categories and in-depth descriptions relevant to researcher needs. While the BRWHDC functions as a standalone collection, it is also part of a much larger collaborative digital collection, the Western Waters Digital Library, featuring materials on water in the U.S. West drawn from major western university libraries.

This presentation has two purposes, the first being to acquaint students, researchers, and resource managers not only with this digital collection, but also the growing critical mass of water-related resources now available via the web and the original print resources housed in Utah State University’s libraries. The second purpose is to solicit feedback from conference attendees as to the usefulness of the collection to date and suggestions for added content and features. Presentation will show the digital collection live via the internet and includes a handout.

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Mar 27th, 2:30 PM Mar 27th, 2:45 PM

Sneak Preview: Bear River Watershed Historical Digital Collection

Eccles Conference Center

Created with assistance from a USU Water Initiative Grant, the Bear River Watershed Historical Digital Collection (http://digital.lib.usu.edu/bear.php) provides researchers with desktop access to a wide array of historical information on the Bear River Watershed. Using a digital asset management program called CONTENTdm, we are digitizing unique research materials from the University’s special collections and featuring these in a web-based collection. Types of materials currently include maps, government reports, photographs, slides, and plat books, with plans to add manuscripts,diaries, and other formats soon. One of the highlights of the collection will be an online comprehensive bibliography of Bear River Watershed resources owned by Utah State University Libraries. This digital collection enhances usability of the analog materials through functionality such as zooming and panning maps as well as detailed and full-text searching based on predefined search categories and in-depth descriptions relevant to researcher needs. While the BRWHDC functions as a standalone collection, it is also part of a much larger collaborative digital collection, the Western Waters Digital Library, featuring materials on water in the U.S. West drawn from major western university libraries.

This presentation has two purposes, the first being to acquaint students, researchers, and resource managers not only with this digital collection, but also the growing critical mass of water-related resources now available via the web and the original print resources housed in Utah State University’s libraries. The second purpose is to solicit feedback from conference attendees as to the usefulness of the collection to date and suggestions for added content and features. Presentation will show the digital collection live via the internet and includes a handout.

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/runoff/2006/AllAbstracts/52