Our very first digitized scrapbook is now available! Thanks to William Belcher Whitney (1887). It is January of 2020, and this marks the ending of the more than three year Bicentennial digitization project in the library to add college history materials to our digital collection. Though we will continue to add new collections throughout the … Continue reading Looking back with kindly eyes –
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Amherst College's Moratoria in the spring of 1969. As the library digitizes materials from our college archives, we are adding images that capture scenes from this momentous time at Amherst. These are part of the massive Amherst College Photographer Records series in the Amherst College Digital Collections. Photographs of … Continue reading Moratorium Photographs
Behind the letters, images, photographs, and other treasures on display in Amherst College Digital Collections is software. To the public, this software is largely invisible, with our user interface showcasing the discovery and display of the digital objects from Archives and Special Collections. Our underlying software infrastructure requires ongoing maintenance, upkeep, and upgrade as technology … Continue reading No college is an island: Amherst College chooses Islandora
The work of digitizing archival and special collections material is not a "traditional" library activity. Times have changed in libraries. Change is a constant in our work - perhaps that is what hasn't changed. Change is in the evolving materials that cross the desk of our archivists and metadata librarians as they organize and describe … Continue reading Building Collections and Connections
Innovation and disposability... Technology innovation is a given in our fast-moving culture of social media and disposable devices, yet innovation isn't all that drives the technology infrastructure underlying the systems we use everyday. In the library, we us many online resources driven by databases that organize, track, and deliver the content we need, when we … Continue reading Repositories, repair, and system migrations
In an effort to document and organize our work around building digital collections at Amherst College, this space will provide an avenue for sharing our work and connecting with the community interested in this work. This page includes background information on our process in building digital collections, where we will include technical and workflow information … Continue reading Welcome – what are we doing here?