WMU News

WMU libraries part of digitization of Michigan history

Oct. 22, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- University Libraries at Western Michigan University will be one of 10 regional digitization centers as part of a grant project of the Action Team for Library Advancement Statewide.

"The Making of Modern Michigan" grant was funded by IMLS, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and awarded to Michigan State University, which will serve as administrative host for the project together with the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Library Consortium.

The project's goal is to empower libraries to contribute to a digital collection about the state's history. The grant will provide for training of library staff in digitization techniques, copyright issues, and metadata standards. Digitization equipment and technical assistance will be provided in regional digitization centers throughout the state. Incentive grants will be administered by the Library of Michigan to provide assistance to smaller libraries and to enable broader participation and wider access to the unique materials on Michigan history housed in their collections.

"The Making of Modern Michigan" digital collection will benefit scholars, students and lifelong learners of all ages. Information about the project is available online at <mmm.lib.msu.edu/narrative.htm>.

In addition to WMU, project partners include: Michigan State University Libraries, Digital & Multimedia Center; Central Michigan University, Clarke Historical Library; Hiawathaland Library Cooperative; Library of Michigan; Michigan Library Consortium; Traverse Area District Library; University of Detroit-Mercy Libraries/Media Services; University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service; and Wayne State University, Digital Library Services.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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