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Lessons learned: digitization of special collections at the University of Iowa Libraries

D-Lib magazine [June 2000]


Copyright (c) 2000 Corporation for National Research Initiatives

Abstract: In 1998, The University of Iowa Libraries was the recipient of a grant from The Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition in support of a project to digitize a portion of its unique Redpath Chautauqua Collection. The competition, which was funded for three years by a $2-million partnership between The Library of Congress (LC) and the Ameritech Corporation, made awards to over 30 institutions with the aim of supporting the digitization of a range of materials of significance to the social and cultural history of the United States.

One of the goals of the competition was to encourage U.S. libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies to assist in the development of the American Memory electronic collections. But in making the awards, the LC/Ameritech program also offered many institutions that would not otherwise have had sufficient institutional resources the opportunity to explore by "getting their hands dirty" the sometimes confounding issues involved in planning and carrying out a complex digitization project.

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: D-Lib magazine
Publication Info:Volume 6 Number 6
Issue:June 2000
Publisher:Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Libraries: University of Iowa
Subject: Digital libraries
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Record Number:7869
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