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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Western Michigan digital collections go national

WMU is now part of a national digital library database Michigan portal along with several Michigan universities. Presentation Friday, February 24, at Zhang Collections Center will show highlights.

Images from WMU Libraries digital collections are now being harvested into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a major online national library initiative. This makes our local digital collections more widely available across the US and globally.

WMU partnered with three other major research universities libraries in the state (University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University) and the Library of Michigan, to create the Michigan Service hub and make the first ingest of 42,000 items from Michigan more widely accessible for scholarship, education and public interest. This lays the groundwork for more Michigan holdings being more widely accessible. WMU Libraries plans to add more to the three collections now there.

This portal displays some of the WMU collections prominently in the new Michigan Section:  An 1863 Civil War Diary page and Caroline Bartlett Crane Everyman's House Collection are pictured.

A library team of metadata specialists, digitization experts and technology programmers adapted the multiple collections to Michigan DPLA service hub metadata committee ingest requirements. Follow the link below and select WMU on the left hand navigation column to see the Ward Morgan Photography and United States Civil War diaries collections among others:[]=Michigan+Service+Hub

University Libraries Digitization Center works to make the unique local collections accessible for research and digitally preserve them. These include historically significant items from the WMU libraries collections: diaries, photographs, maps, manuscripts, artwork, presidential letters, blueprints, and more. Two units of University Libraries house many unique items that are being digitized: the Zhang Legacy Collections Center of WMU archives and regional history and Special Collections and Rare Books unit.  A full list of over 25 WMU digitized collections with open access is here.

Local presentation: Richard Adler from the DPLA Michigan Service hub will be presenting on "The Michigan Service Hub: Bringing the Great Lakes State to the DPLA." at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center on Friday, February 24, 10:30 am. The public is welcome. Free parking is located next to the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.  Please call (269) 387-8490 for additional information or directions.