Thursday, March 26, 2009

Newest DMR Collection Represents Community Partnership

The Yorktown-Mount Pleasant Historical Alliance Collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and other artifacts representing the rich history of Yorktown and
Mount Pleasant Township, Indiana, from 1888 to 2007.

This collection is an example of how partnerships between cultural institutions and digital repositories can be so advantageous. Through this collaboration, University Libraries adds to its collection of digital research materials, and the Yorktown-Mount Pleasant Historical Alliance is provided the opportunity to have its artifacts digitally preserved and made available to a global audience.

If you would like to collaborate with University Libraries and the Digital Media Repository, contact Project Coordinator John Straw.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ball State DMR Represented at Regional Conference

Tomorrow, March 18, 2009, marks the start of the Fourth Annual Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group Conference, to be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Members of Ball State Metadata and Digital Initiatives and Archives and Special Collections will be reporting on special DMR projects, metadata issues, automation techniques, and more. See the conference website for details, or contact a BSU MADI librarian or archivist for more information on thier presentation.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Rotating Videos in Educational Resources Realia Collections

This Zulu Witch Doctor Doll video is a frame-by-frame example of a 3D Rotating Video included in the Digital Media Repository. These videos, assembled using VRWorx software, allow us to show 3D objects from all sides. In the DMR, users can control the rotation speed, zoom in, and zoom out in the video.

The DMR contains digital representations of several "realia" items from University Libraries Educational Resources. Realia refers objects used by educators in order to teach students about world cultures, science, music, and other real-world concepts. The DMR contains Dolls, Fossils, Musical Instruments, and more. To view all the realia collections, Browse Collections and sort by Format. Click on 3D Objects. These are only a sampling of what's available for checkout from Educational Resources.