• Discovering the Present, Preserving the Past: The Development of a Digital Archive at the University of Maryland

      Lin, Na; Hinegardner, Patricia G. (Taylor & Francis, 2012)
      Collecting, preserving and distributing intellectual works has always been an important mission of libraries. The digital age has presented new challenges including maintaining active links and providing formats that can be adapted over time. It has also brought new opportunities for sharing information globally and providing access to “hidden” collections. Providing access to local resources both current and historic through repositories/archives is a service many libraries are providing. In 2010, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) at the University of Maryland (UM) began the implementation of the UM Digital Archive. This article describes the experiences and lessons learned through this endeavor.
    • University of Maryland Early Dissertations for Doctor of Medicine (1813-1889): Challenges and Rewards of a Digitization Project

      Pinkas, Maria M.; Schnur, Abra; Wolff, Megan; Hovde, Sarah; Harling-Henry, Carol (2012-09)
      The Health Sciences and Human Services Library holds in its Historical Collections dissertations required for obtaining the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Maryland during the nineteenth century. A project to digitize these dissertations for inclusion in the UM Digital Archive began in 2011, thanks to an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region. This article presents challenges encountered, as well as rewards and learning experiences gained during this digitization project, especially in the assignment of accurate metadata, and in the assessment of scanning quality.