NEVADA AND LAS VEGAS MEMORY: DIGITAL TREASURES FOR READERS, AUTHORS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION
NEVADA AND LAS VEGASMEMORY: DIGITAL TREASURESFOR READERS, AUTHORS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION Vegas Valley Book Festival, November 3, 2012
Defining Digital Collections digital collection: A collection of library or archival materials converted to machine- readable format for preservation or to provide electronic access. Example: Menus: The Art of Dining http://digital.library.unlv.edu/collections/menus/ From the Online Dictionary of Information Science :http://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_d.aspx
Why Digitize?Light blue pantsuit withmatching fur-trimmed hatand coat______________Goals of digitalcollections areto provideincreasedaccess tounique, rare, orhard to handlephysicalcollections,24/7 worldwide.
Defining Digital Libraries digital library: A library in which a significant proportion of the resources are available in machine-readable format accessible by means of computers. Example: Mountain West Digital Library established by the Utah Academic Library Consortium – UNLV is a member: www.mwdl.orgFrom the Online Dictionary of Information Science :http://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_d.aspx
Explore: American MemoryThe Library ofCongressAmerican Memoryproject connecteducators toprimary sources._______________This massiveproject providesfree and openaccess throughthe Internet towritten andspoken words,sound recordings,still and movingimages, prints,maps, and sheetmusic thatdocument theAmericanexperience.Extensive teacherresources are alsoavailable.
Digital Collections andEducators Library of Congress: American Memory: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/ International Children’s Digital Library: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/education/ Poet’s Voice – A Digital Poetry Collection: http://hcl.harvard.edu/collections/digital_collection s/poets_voice.cfm University of Wisconsin Literature Digital Library: http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/Literature Mountain West Digital Library: http://www.mwdl.org/
Explore: Mountain West DigitalLibraryThe MountainWest DigitalLibrary is a centralsearch portal fordigital collectionsabout theMountain Westregion.________________Goal is to providefree access toresources in over350 collectionsfrom universities,colleges, publiclibraries,museums,historicalsocieties, andgovernmentagencies,municipalities, andcounties in Utah,Nevada, and otherparts of the U.S.West.
Digital Library Development atUNLV UNLV Digital Collections built around content that documents Southern Nevada: mining, railroads, water issues High resolution, free images, globally accessible 24/7 Grant-funded projects Education consultant building learning objects Teacher guide to collection (NTS)
Not what you’d expect in alibraryBluebellspose outsideof Pan Am jet____________• Maps• Costume designs• Menus• Technical reports
Using Digital Library Collections Three kinds of content Web site text, images, and content Database of digitized resources Learning objects or education content (mixed into both areas) Two methods to find things Browse Collections Search results within collections via: Keyword searching (most users) Advanced search – subject terms (expert users) Custom results (pre-selected browse paths)
All About AccessBaneberry test,Nevada TestSite, largestabove groundtest____________Accessdepends upon:high-quality,standards-based,shareablemetadata(*library role)
UNLV’s Digital Collections Southern Nevada: History in Maps: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/collections/maps Menus: The Art of Dining: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/collections/menus Showgirls: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/collections/showgirls Welcome Home, Howard: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/hughes/ Coming soon!!: Dino at the Sands Rebel Yell and Las Vegas Age newspapers African American Experience in Las Vegas
Out of the Library…Studentsand facultyportrait onstairs of LasVegasSchool___________Connectingthe primarymaterials indigitalcollections tousers andresearchers
…And into the Imagination Historic menus used for scientific study Showgirls collection connects former dance partners Historic photo results in donation of modern collections Shared stories / shared history
DemoNevada Test Site Oral History Projecthttp://digital.library.unlv.edu/ntsohp/
Inspiring Designs and SocialFeatures Rate an image Comment on an image Share a story
DemoMenus: The Art of Dininghttp://digital.library.unlv.edu/collections/menus
Extending the Reach -ClassroomConnecting educators to content, some methods Introductory Text Inquiry Questions Primary Source Sets Timeline Materials Scavenger Hunt
DemoSouthern Nevada: The Boomtown Yearshttp://digital.library.unlv.edu/boomtown/
Feedback from EducatorsSurvey Monkeyfeedback______________“Thank you forall your hardwork you putinto thiswebsite. I teach4th grade herein Las Vegas,and this site willbe usedfrequently thisnext schoolyear.”
Time to Explore!1. Try to find a Vegas menu from a casino you have visited2. Look for a photo of the construction of the Hoover Dam3. Imagine what life would have been like in a Southern Nevada mining boomtown4. Contrast two stories told by narrators in their own words describing their experience watching a nuclear test5. Choose your favorite neon sign from the Vegas skyline
Discussion QuestionsHow might I usethese activities toinspire my owncreativity?______________How might Ishare them withmy family orfriends?_______________What would youlike to seeonline?
Your Feedback is Appreciated1. Complete a collection survey: Boomtown Years: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Y5rxIAt9 _2fMhIGT_2fipw9GvQ_3d_3d Historic Landscape: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WKJ2ZXR Dreaming the Skyline: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/skyline/survey
Future Directions Would love to hear more from users New type of digital curation, digital publishing How can we make the digital collections more useful for you? Staff are available for demos Any interest in additional development of learning objects (user-contributed)? Future collaborations African-American Experience in Las Vegas project funded for 2012-2013
Contact Cory Lampert Head, Digital Collections firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You!www.digital.library.unlv.edu