DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis
This post was written by Mohamed Berray, Resident Social Sciences Librarian (2013-2015), who attended both DPLAfest 2013 and DPLAfest 2015.
In October 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brought together 450 technologists, publishers, developers, librarians, museum professionals, and archivists for its first-ever DPLAfest to celebrate the successful launch of DPLA early in April that year.
Still life by Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Smithsonian Institution, via the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
This post was written by Linda Friend, Head, Scholarly Publishing Services, Patricia Hswe, Digital Content Strategist and Head, ScholarSphere User Services, and James O’Sullivan, Digital Humanities Research Designer.
It’s been two months since our colleague Sabra Statham passed away on March 20. As a department, we wanted to pay homage to her through 100 Digital Discoveries, especially since she was a passionate advocate for digital collections.
An item from the Brent Wilson exhibit
The Special Collections Library (104 Paterno Library) now has on display “Brent Wilson: Journals and Journeys, Too.” The exhibit runs from May 15 to September 13.
As a complement to the physical exhibit, the University Libraries has digitized Wilson’s papers. Check out the online collection, Brent Wilson Papers, 1950-2013.
This post was written by Paige Andrew, Maps Cataloging Librarian.
A portion of sheet 1 of the 1906 Sanborn map of State College, Pennsylvania. Note the added textual information such as population of 1000 included in the title frame.
For nearly a century and a half the maps that comprise a historic Pennsylvania collection in the Libraries, published by the Sanborn Map Company (and earlier iterations of the name), have long provided a unique, graphic, primary resource for a variety of research needs. Sanborn fire insurance maps have tracked the growth of cities and towns in the United States over time and provide an abundance of information on each community represented.
Homepage of Digital Literary Studies
This post was written by James O’Sullivan, Digital Humanities Research Designer.
Digital Literary Studies was recently launched by PCS, a new journal intended to act as an international peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication with a focus on those aspects of Digital Humanities primarily concerned with literary studies.
Letter from James A Beaver Papers
This post was written by Sabra Statham, Digital Project Coordinator, PSUL.
As we head into winter I am once again reminded that another year at The People’s Contest has passed. In fact, this year when February rolls around it won’t just be my fifth year at the Penn State Libraries, it will be the project’s fifth year. This anniversary seems like a good time to go back and look at what we have accomplished. Few digital projects last this long so not only have we achieved that important landmark, it looks like the project is just getting going with lots of new activities planned for the future.
Front Cover of La Vie in 1890.
This post was written by Linda Friend, Head, Scholarly Publishing Services.
La Vie, the Penn State University annual student yearbook, has been in production documenting student life continuously since 1890. La Vie is a student publication governed by an internal Board of Directors who manage and control the copy rights to La Vie publications.
Image created for the main page of Zembla in 1996.
This post was written by Jeff Edmunds, Digital Access Coordinator.
In December 1995, when the World Wide Web was still in its infancy, the Libraries did not yet have an official Web presence. They were, however, already hosting what is probably the Libraries’ earliest digital humanities project: Zembla, a Web site devoted to writer and translator Vladimir Nabokov, author of (most famously) Lolita.