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Special Collections and Archives, Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University, has received a $73,139 grant for digitizing original Civil War materials held by libraries, historical agencies and private individuals from the region and across the country. Kent Library received the second largest digital imaging grant awarded by the Missouri State Library during this cycle of funding. This funding supports phase II of a digital imaging project begun by Special Collections and Archives in July 2011.
The project is a collaborative effort between Kent Library, the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, the Center for Regional History, and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University. It is being funded by a digital imaging grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
Materials identified during phase I of the project, which ended July 16, 2012, include original letters, journals, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera from this period of history. The geographic scope of the project includes twenty three counties in Missouri: Butler, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard, Washington, and, Wayne; and five counties in Illinois: Alexander, Jackson, Pulaski, Randolph, and Union.
Once completed, the digital project will include over 130 collections from 46 libraries, historical agencies and private individuals from the region and across the country. The collections will be accessible from two locations: a website via Kent Library, and, Missouri Digital Heritage. Project staff will begin making the collections accessible from the Kent Library site (http://library.semo.edu:2008/cdm/) beginning September, 2012, and will add to the collection as the project moves forward.
For more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, digital project manager, at (573) 651-2750 or via email at email@example.com.
As noted in this weeks Newswire:
“As part of the FEMA generator project, a power outage affecting all main campus buildings is scheduled for June 15. The outage will begin at approximately 4 p.m. and could last for up to two hours.
Facilities Management apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Ben Eller, project manager, at ext. 2283.”
The Kent Library Catalog is updated with a new look and features, including:
• Streamlined layout and design;
• Enhanced graphics (book cover images and navigation icons);
• New utilities, including permalinks, search history and text-item locations;
• Expanded search options, including a browse nearby feature and author/title search;
• Book bag tool for saving and exporting lists of items for bibliographies, reading lists, etc.; and
• Free personal accounts available for saving searches, lists and renewing books.
Kent Library is featuring trial access to Ebrary, a digital library of over 70,000 e-books covering a wide variety of academic topics, intended for college level study and research. Books may be read online in a web browser, or chapters and/or sections of up to 60 pages may be downloaded as PDF files. Entire books may also be ‘checked out’ for a 2 week period. Downloads require creating a free personal account with Ebrary, which also enables note-taking and other features. E-book content can be directly downloaded to iPhones/iPads via a dedicated app. For other devices, e-books can be downloaded to a computer, then transferred/sideloaded using the free Adobe Digital Editions software. The trial runs through the end of the Spring semester.
- Access the Ebrary search/browse interface.
- 4 Steps to Ebrary quick access guide – PDF format
- Quick start video (Flash format).
- Two-page quick guide – step by step getting started guide in PDF format.
- The iOS app is available through the app store on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
- Adobe Digital Editions software PC based software for offline reading/transferring to non iOS mobile devices.
- Note: the Amazon Kindle does not currently support downloading entire books for 2 week checkout, but single chapters or sections up to 60 pages may be downloaded.
Can’t make it to the library? Don’t want to send an email and have to wait for a response? Kent Library now offers a chat service for all Southeast students, faculty, and staff.
Kent Library’s chat service is easy to use, is accessible anywhere, and allows you to ask the library questions in real time. We bring the library to you!
To chat with us or to learn more about Kent Library’s chat service and the hours of availability, visit http://library.semo.edu/learn/askus.shtmlBlogroll