MWDL and DPLA as research resources

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A presentation to the Research and Learning Services department at the University of Utah. The 20 minute presentation included an overview of the Mountain West Digital Library and the Digital Public Library as research resources and ended with live demonstrations on how to navigate both interfaces effectively.

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MWDL and DPLA as research resources

  1. 1. MWDL and DPLA as research resources Rebekah Cummings, Assistant Director University of Utah, RLS Forum November 7, 2013
  2. 2. Roadmap 1. MWDL and DPLA overview 2. Search interface tips
  3. 3. What is the Mountain West Digital Library?
  4. 4. In the beginning… • • • • • • What is the Mountain West Digital Library? BYU • Utah State University Dixie State • Utah Valley University Salt Lake CC • Weber State Snow College • Westminster SUU University of Utah (Go Utes!) • Utah State Library
  5. 5. MWDL Growth As of 2013… • 124 Collecting Institutions • 6 states – – – – – – Utah Nevada Arizona Idaho Hawaii Montana
  6. 6. Types of resources Photographs, maps, artworks, schola rly documents, music, sounds, books, bi rth and death records, finding aids, and more!
  7. 7. For example… Civil Rights Photos Confession Letters Slave owner’s letter
  8. 8. Where does the content come from? Utah Valley U of U BYU MWDL Weber State USU DPLA • 124 Partners • 30 Hubs • 1 of 9 service hubs to DPLA
  9. 9. What is DPLA? “The Digital Public Library of America will make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.”
  10. 10. Tiered Infrastructure “Leverage the existing infrastructure of the nation” 1. Digital Commonwealth 2. Digital Library of Georgia 3. Empire State Digital Network 4. Kentucky Digital Library 5. Minnesota Digital Library 6. North Carolina Digital Heritage 7. The Portal to Texas History 8. South Carolina Digital Library 9. Mountain West Digital Library
  11. 11. Searching MWDL • Start at http://mwdl.org/ • Ways to search: – – – – Basic Advanced By Partner By Collection
  12. 12. Searching DPLA Digital Public Library of America • Search DPLA – – – – – Basic search By place By date By exhibition By bookshelf
  13. 13. Thanks! Questions? Ask now or… Email me Call me Tweet me rebekah.cummings@utah.edu (801) 587-8893 @MWDigLib Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/mountainwestdigitallibrary

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