Friday, October 31, 2008

New DMR Collection: French Revolution Pamphlets Collection

The Ball State University Libraries are pleased to announce the publication of the French Revolution Pamphlets Collection in the Digital Media Repository. This collection consists of French Revolution pamphlets ranging from 1779 to 1815. Although the French Revolution happened in the decade ranging from 1789 to 1799, this collection of pamphlets documents the time leading up to the revolution through the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815).

Often privately printed due to newspaper censure by the monarchy, the pamphlets were used to disseminate information and ideals concerning nationalism, citizenship, personal freedoms, and social injustice.

The items were scanned, OCR'ed, packaged as PDFS, and uploaded to the Digital Media Repository. This collection is an example of CONTENTdm's embedded PDF interface, which allows quick scrolling, printing, and downloading of digital documents.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Middletown Digital Oral History Collection Featured in Indiana Libraries

Indiana Libraries Volume 27, Number 2 features "Bringing the Voices of Communities Together: The Middletown Digital Oral History Project" by Maren Read and Amanda Hurford. The article addresses the LSTA grant-funded project to digitize oral history collections from African American, Jewish and Catholic communities of Muncie, Indiana and make them available online in the Digital Media Repository.

It explains the steps taken to complete the project, such as planning, training, digitization, transcription, metadata creation, online presentation. Anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the DMR and those thinking about starting a digital oral history project now should find this article interesting.

Read the article in Cardinal Scholar:

Friday, October 3, 2008

New DMR Collection: Joseph Fisher World War II Scrapbook

The latest collection added to the Digital Media Repository is the Joseph Fisher World War II Scrapbook. The collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Fisher's mother containing letters, mementos, photographs, newspaper clippings, and inserts accompanying military allotment checks.

This collection, like other digital scrapbooks, was a special challenge to present in the DMR. We wanted to show the structure of the book, while at the same time provide searchable information for each item therein. In order to accomplish that, the scrapbook is presented in it's entirety in item number one of the collection, followed by a separate record for each artifact.

Stay tuned for Phase II of this collection, which should include an additional page-turning interface.