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New Digital Collection of Long Trail’s Early Years

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives is pleased to announce our newest collection, the Long Trail Photographs, is now available online. This collection documents the nation’s first long-distance hiking trail. It is comprised of over 900 digitized glass lantern slides dating to the 1910s – 1930s. The collection captures the landscapes seen by early hikers, documenst recreational and maintenance activities on the trail, and provides an historical record of people associated with the trail’s formation. The photographs were taken by early Long Trail advocates Theron S. Dean and Herbert Wheaton Congdon.

This collection launch coincides with the March 11, 2010 centennial of the Green Mountain Club, the member organization which built and maintains the Long Trail. The CDI will present the collection to Green Mountain Club members at their Birthday Gala celebration. This GMC event is open to the public, but RSVP soon – space is limited.

CDI Discusses Local History Resources on TV

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

As Seen On TV – Historical Sources Online

Live at 5:25 – Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Channel 17

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives shared some of its excellent local history resources with the audience of Preservation Burlington’s “Live at 5:25.” Outreach Librarian Robin Katz was joined by two Library staff members who have helped create CDI collections.

Mary Van Buren-Swasey of the Cataloging department uses her local history expertise to create rich museum-level descriptive records for the ongoing additions to the McAllister photograph collection. Dan DeSanto, a staff member in Reference and Instruction and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Science, is currently working on our forthcoming collection of Long Trail photographs.

In this video, Robin, Mary and Dan highlight collection materials, share anecdotes about the research involved in digital collection production, and invite viewers to further explore the CDI.

This episode will be shown again on Channel 17 on these dates:
Tuesday March 2, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 9, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 16, 2:30 PM
Tuesday March 23, 2:30 PM

To invite the CDI to address your audience, please contact us.

See how the CDI was mentioned on a previous “Live at 5:25″ show entitled “Researching Your Old House” and featuring historian and museum consultant Erica Donnis:

Streaming 1940s Hay Harvesting Films

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Film: Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay

Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, three films documenting hay harvesting techniques have been digitized by the UVM Libraries.  These silent films are a result of rural sociologist Robert M. Carter’s 1940s study at the UVM Agricultural Experiment Station. Carter researched the efficiency and costs of various haying techniques, from older hand harvesting methods to mechanized processes. The films capture farming equipment and techniques rarely seen today.

Watch all the Hay Harvesting films streaming online at the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives.

Louis McAllister’s Historic Burlington Photos Now Online

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Audio Slideshow: Louis McAllister

It has been said that the 25,000 photographs in Special Collections’ Louis McAllister collection “span the marvelous (circus sideshows with signs promising ‘Viking giants,’ ‘freaks,’ and ‘strange people’) to the mundane (serene shots of bank interiors and children’s dance recitals).”  This heavily-used collection of commercial photography is now available online.

Researchers will appreciate the collection’s “museum-level cataloging” created by library faculty and staff. Extremely detailed records for individual photographs will aid scholars, genealogists, and history buffs.

See the Louis L. McAllister Photographs for yourself at the UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives. New materials are constantly being added.

CDI Collaborates with Service-Learning Course

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This Spring, the CDI is partnering with Dr. Barri Tinkler’s EDSC 225: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Students in this service-learning course will use our collections to create webquests for Burlington High School classrooms. A webquest is a web-based inquiry activity that allows students to pursue answers to essential questions through the investigation of digital resources. After the course, their work will be publicly available to students at teachers at other schools.

It is the CDI’s goal to make primary sources available for K-12 students in Vermont and beyond. Collaborating with EDSC 225 will allow us to better reach high school students. This partnership also allows UVM Education students to learn about curriculum development and online learning resources in a hands-on, professional environment.

Want to sign up for this course? Matriculated and Continuing Education students can now use CRN 11333 to enroll. Contact the registrar for more details.

Interested in similarly collaborating with the Center for Digital Initiatives? Email us!

Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/ / CC BY 2.0

CDI’s Top Ten Most Viewed Items of 2009

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Presenting the year’s most used materials in the Center for Digital Initiatives online research collections:

10. Circus People, McAllister photographs

9. Burlington Lakefront, McAllister photographs

8. A.D. Pease Grain Co., McAllister photographs

7. Using the One-Man Pick-Up Baler, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

6. Andrew Craig Fletcher to Andrew and Ruth Fletcher, 1864 October 20, Fletcher Family papers

5. Burlington Dump, McAllister photographs

4. Deer Hanging Upside Down Surrounded by Hunters, Tennie Toussaint photographs

3. Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

2. The Buck Rake, Wind Stackers, and Field Chopper in Use, Hay Harvesting in the 1940’s

1. Horses Pulling a Snow Roller, Tennie Toussaint photographs

Call for Collection Proposals

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives makes unique research collections available online. This digital library offers powerful search and browse capabilities and accepts a variety of formats – from film to books to born-digital files. Now that we’ve established this infrastructure, we want to expand CDI collections so that our users are better served.

The library’s goal is for CDI users to participate as creators of digital research collections in an open, collaborative environment. We happy to announce that faculty, students, and staff may now propose collection ideas.

The Center for Digital Initiatives can help you by:

  • Providing online access to new teaching collections
  • Collaborating on course assignments which use our collections
  • Creating collections which support faculty research and department strengths
  • Engaging students in research projects and digital curation


If you have any questions about the CDI’s new collection proposal process, feel free to contact Robin M. Katz, Digital Initiatives Outreach Librarian at robin.katz@uvm.edu or (802) 656-3292.

Submit a collection proposal here.

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