Open Access Week

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ALWAYS MORE Splendid Stuff: postcards, football, Muppets frm Digital Repository at U Maryland

To celebrate Open Access Week 2012 Oct. 21-28 DuraSpace will post a new "For Your Repository Viewing Pleasure" each day (and beyond) to highlight the "splendid stuff in YOUR repository".

The University of Maryland Libraries, a DuraSpace Silver Sponsor and long-time user of Fedora and DSpace, are continuing to add to digitize and add valuable collection material to their repository daily.

DRUM (Digital Repository at the University of Maryland) a href="">>, currently holds close to 13,000 digital objects, including all of the theses and dissertations produced by students at the University of Maryland since 2003.

Digital Collections a href="">> is home to the University's digitized special collections, and includes a rich array of content, appealing to students, alumni, and scholars. 

Even when it's not football season, take some time to view one of the over 700 University of Maryland football films dating from 1946-1989, recently digitized and made freely available via the University AlbUM digital collection a href="">>.  Or, if planning a road trip this summer, pick a state and browse the National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection's over-4,000 historic postcards for attraction ideas a href="">>. In the past year, we have digitized several hundred manuscripts to assist in research relating to the history of the Civil War and slavery in Maryland  a href="">>. Into espionage? Digital Collections is also an excellent place to read other people's diaries, whether you're interested in heartfelt confessions from a young Maryland widow in 1859 a href="">> or  a war diary detailing aspects of the attack on Pearl Harbor a href="">>.

If tempted to visit campus, the University of Maryland Libraries' Digital Collections contain a number of resources that are restricted to campus use due to licensing restrictions.  The collections include over 70 digital videos documenting the work of Jim Henson a href="">>, over 800 digital educational films a href="">>;, and a growing collection of digitized Japanese children's books from the post-WWII years, 1946-1949 a href="">>.

The University of Maryland Libraries have been actively adding content to their Fedora repository since 2007, and will continue to do so.  The treasures located there are used for fun, for research, and for educational purposes, and we hope, for reasons that we have not even imagined.

Thanks to Jennie Levine Knies, Manager, Digital Stewardship, McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, for submitting this information.

Please continue to send descriptions of the "Splendid Stuff" that can be found in YOUR Open Access repository. DuraSpace will highlight availability throughout year. Please contact Carol Minton Morris for more information.

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