When I was thinking about what I wanted to write for this post, it occurred to me to talk about my interaction with the collections we have here, outside of my official role as a software developer. In my role here, I'm responsible for the images and metadata getting ingested into our digital asset management … Continue reading Side Effects
Guest post by Zehra Madhavan '20 When I started working at Digital Collections as a Student Assistant during the spring semester of my freshman year, my understanding of Amherst College’s history was limited to facts I had read about in pamphlets and bits and pieces of information I had picked up in various lectures and … Continue reading On Gleaning the College’s History Through Documents
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
As the summer winds down and we move into the fall semester I was able to take stock of the past year and the progress we’ve made in the imaging lab in the library. I started in my position at Amherst in late May 2017 and I spent most of the summer learning about the … Continue reading Imaging Studio | Fall 2018 Edition.
Guest post by Avery Farmer '20 When I visited the British Royal Observatory in Greenwich during a vacation in London this year, I was captivated by a series of rooms dedicated to a history of time. Not time, the grand spiritual and scientific setting of our own existence, but humans’ attempts in the last 500 … Continue reading A Millennial in the Archives
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
This month the Digital Programs Group began digitizing the College Photographers Records Collection. The collection includes more than 400,000 negatives taken by the official photographers of Amherst college from 1962-2005; A visual history of the college for the second half of the twentieth century. Using negative collections housed in archives tends to be a challenge. … Continue reading Digitizing Negative Collections – The College Photographers Records Collections
One of the first tasks of the Bicentennial Working Group was to identify the collections that would be part of the Bicentennial Project. When choosing those collections, we had to balance several factors, including how closely related the topics of the collection were to the College and its history, how useful we thought the collection … Continue reading Choosing the Bicentennial Collections
At the Amherst College Library, we’ve been preparing for the College’s bicentennial in 2020-21 for several years. We’ve prioritized digitizing materials like the student newspapers, the yearbooks, and the catalogs because they contain a rich combination of data and anecdotes about the College, its students, its faculty, and sometimes its staff for a wide swath … Continue reading Welcome to the Bicentennial
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?