From drawer to digital: A statewide collaboration for building historic map collections

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Nowadays, when you tell someone you recently visited a map library, it's hard for them to discern whether you mean virtually or in person. The two comprehensive public universities in Nevada are building complementary digital collections of historic maps of interest to the region to enable virtual map library visits. This article briefly describes the two university library map collections, discusses the criteria that were used to select maps to be digitized, provides insight into some of the scanning issues and how they were resolved, discussess technical considerations in using CONTENTdm, and talks about metadata issues in the collaborative effort. The conclusion provides insight into what has been learned and why the project is important as a foundation for the future.


Archival materials – Digitization; Digital libraries; Library exhibits; Library materials — Digitization; Map collections; Nevada


Archival Science | Collection Development and Management | Geographic Information Sciences | Geography | Library and Information Science | Other Geography


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