WEDNESDAY'S HUM (04-18-07)
UVM LIBRARIES RECEIVING BIG PRESS
SMASHING NEW 'SPECIAL COLLECTIONS' WEBSITE UNVEILED; ARCHIVED DOCS AND PHOTOS NOW ONLINE!
It's big news. Everyone is talking about it. On Monday, UVM announced:
UVM MARKS NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK BY OPENING CENTER FOR DIGITAL INITIATIVES
Posted: Monday, April 16 2007
UNIQUE VERMONT HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE
BURLINGTON, APRIL 16 – The University of Vermont Libraries launched the Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI) today, the first day of National Libraries Week, a new online resource that allows any user with Internet access to view and search documents and photographs from the university’s Special Collections. The CDI Web site is located at http://cdi.uvm.edu.
Previously, library patrons had to visit Bailey/Howe Library and wear white gloves to view these often fragile materials. The CDI allows them to access UVM's signature collections in digital form from a remote location.
CDI’s initial collection – more will follow – is a rich, searchable archive of more than 1,000 pages of materials generated by eight Vermont Congressmen, including such well know figures as George Aiken and Robert Stafford, documenting topics ranging from the abolition of slavery to social life in Washington, D.C. The first document dates from 1818, the last from 2004. The collection also includes photographs.
The collection is organized in categories that grew out of recurrent themes in the materials: Dairy and the U.S. Congress, Letters Home from Congress and Speeches.