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This project seeks to establish a Southern Oregon Digital Archives at the Southern Oregon University Library.  The University and its Library have long taken seriously our regional service mission both in gathering and making available a variety of information resources needed by Southern Oregon citizens.  With the advances in digitizing documentary material the Library plans to take the next step and convert unique and/or significant regional documents both to preserve them and, equally important, to make them more widely available.  We envision this as the logical and necessary extension of our current library services.  The Library expects to coordinate with related and complementary projects at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.  In addition the project will help the Library build the necessary infrastructure to continue to digitize materials after the end of the grant period.  A core of trained, knowledgeable staff will have been developed and appropriate processes set in place and revised as necessary.  A third goal for the project is to develop the organization and techniques that could be adopted by other regional university libraries as they seek to contribute to the growing body of digitized resources.

Creating Digital Collections.  During the grant period, this project expects to begin creating three digital collections.  We will identify and acquire or locate significant appropriate publications; will digitize retrospective materials in our collections and in collections of other libraries or agencies; and will develop the mechanisms to continue to acquire and digitize related materials in the future.  By the end of the grant project period our expectation is that the Archives will number from 700 to 900 documents.

Southern Oregon Bioregions Collection

For the past 30 years the SOU Library’s Government Publications Department has collected and cataloged federal documents relating to the three county Southern Oregon area: Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties.  In addition to depository items, the Library has sought to obtain “fugitive” documents (documents that are not depository items) from agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Geological Survey.  Through careful cultivation of personnel in local offices and review of bibliographies in completed agency research papers, the Library has developed a collection of hundreds of these rare and valuable items, many of which are held only by Southern Oregon University.  Government Publications is also a full depository for Oregon state documents relating to this region and has actively collected fugitive state publications as well, including watershed assessments, many of which are also unique.

The Southern Oregon Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, which will be the initial focus of this grant project, is recognized by scientists around the world as an area that is uniquely rich in plant and animal species.  “In 1993 the World Conservation Union proclaimed it one of the seven areas of global botanical significance on the North American continent” (Portland Oregonian, 1/5/01).  It is particularly diverse in plant species due in part to the region’s complex geology including the high mineral content serpentine soils in the Coast Range.  The wide variation in rainfall and temperature also contributes to this region’s abundant life forms.  According to the World Wildlife Fund (The Klamath-Siskiyou Forests, June 2000) the region “ranks among the most biologically diverse temperate coniferous forest ecoregions in the world” and is home to more than 3,500 plant species, 281 of which are unique.  The area is often the edge of a plant or animal’s range–it is the southernmost reach of many northern and Cascade species and the northernmost reach of northern California species.  The bioregion encompasses 10 million acres, four mountain ranges (the Siskiyous, Marbles, Trinity Alps, and Yolla Bollys), and a number of significant river drainages (including the Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille, Illinois and Klamath).

The digital materials that will be added to the Southern Oregon Bioregions Collection will be of interest not only to regional landowners, students, faculty and Northwest citizens interested in environmental issues, but also to national and international scholars and researchers.

Indian Tribal Materials Collection

Four of the nine Oregon federally recognized tribes reside in the Southern and Eastern Oregon region.  With this project the Library will open a dialog with the Klamath Tribes, the nearest of the nine tribal governments.  The Klamath Tribes, composed of the Modoc, Klamath and Yahooskin Indians, have created an excellent website and have begun mounting some information on it.  By working together, coordinating what material is digitized and creating links between the Klamath and SOU sites, we can develop a project that will serve as a statewide and national model of university/tribe collaboration.  We expect to establish an ongoing dialog with representatives from the Tribes’ Natural Resources, Cultural and Heritage, Education and Employment, Planning and Enterprise, and Klamath Newsletter/Public Information Departments, and other departments the tribe feels should be included.

The Tribes and University Library will jointly select the tribal materials, both retrospective and current, that will be digitized.  In addition we will add to the Indian Tribal Materials Collection public domain publications already in our collection such as treaties, Klamath Boundary Commission documents, Bureau of Indian Affairs publications relating to the Klamath including Annual Reports to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, termination and restoration hearings, cultural resource surveys, fishing and water rights materials, and related publications.

Southern Oregon University has a strong history of working collaboratively with the Klamath and other tribes in Oregon, evidenced by the Native American Studies program at the University and the Native American Youth Academy (Konaway Nika Tillicum) held on campus every summer for middle school American Indian youth from Oregon.  Initiating a successful digitization project with the Klamath Tribes, one that works collaboratively with them, will provide both an impetus and a model for other partnerships and digitization projects in the future.

Local Government Information Collection

The Southern Oregon University Library has actively collected regional city and county governmental materials for a number of years.  Most of these can only be obtained through ongoing contacts and intensive efforts to work with the numerous municipal and county governments and agencies.  The SOU Government Publications Department is often the only place where these items can be found after their initial issuance. By digitizing the most important of these items, particularly the city and county comprehensive plans and budget documents, the University Library will create an important repository for regional information of interest both to local governmental employees and the citizens of Southern Oregon.  An important part of this project will be to institutionalize the channels through which the Library obtains copies of local documents, to set up mechanisms to assure continuing receipt of the materials and to extend our reach in soliciting publications from a wider range of municipal and county agencies.  Library staff will also review lists of uncataloged Oregon city and county planning publications from the University of Oregon to identify those retrospective materials that are within the scope of the project which can then be borrowed and digitized.

This portion of the project will complement the Data for Local Communities project, sponsored by the Oregon libraries of the Orbis Library Consortium, which has the goal of serving the information needs of local governments, business people, community planners, researchers, and other citizens needing access to local area data.  The Local Government Information Collection will contribute current and historic documents from the three county region to this project.

Creating a Digitization Infrastructure at Southern Oregon.  Libraries in Oregon, both large and small, have not yet been in the forefront of national digitization efforts.  But all Oregon libraries have been models in regional cooperative efforts.  One goal for this project is to develop an ongoing digitization infrastructure in the SOU Library that will allow the Library staff to continue creating and preserving digital information after the grant period has ended.  At the same time Southern Oregon librarians will be able to serve as catalysts for other digitizing efforts in Oregon.

The Library expects to put into place the technical equipment, space, processes, and staff expertise and knowledge necessary to inaugurate and continue the creation of digital library resources.  Librarians will learn about digitization standards, equipment, and techniques; about creating the necessary metadata; about the software to store, access, and link the digital materials and their metadata; about web design most effective for presenting digital documents; about mechanisms to preserve and refresh the digital files; and about designing procedures that will sustain the project beyond the grant period.

Serving as a Model for Regional Libraries.  The final goal of this project is to create a model digitization center that is both achievable and sustainable for regional libraries, one that can stand as a guide to other libraries in the state and nation.  Regional libraries frequently assume responsibility for gathering, making accessible, and preserving local material, often times materials that, if not collected here, would be unavailable even in the largest research universities.   This is especially true of designated depository libraries, such as SOU.   If these important local materials are to be preserved and made accessible for scholars and the ordinary citizen, regional libraries must begin to play a significant role in the creation of digital collections and conversion of print to digital formats.  An important component of this process is developing ongoing agreements with local agencies to provide print copies or to automatically transmit machine readable files of new publications to the regional archive center, which would permit cost effective digital archiving.  The Southern Oregon Digital Archives Project will lay a foundation for future collaboration between the libraries of Oregon to ensure that local materials around the state are collected, preserved, and made widely accessible.

Adaptability

Citizens and agencies turn to local academic libraries when they need local materials and these regional libraries have traditionally responded by collecting, as intensively as possible, local items that are not easily found in other libraries.  Both for citizens and scholars, making the material available digitally on the web is the next necessary step for regional libraries, large and small. One of the project goals is to create a model that can be used by other libraries of any size committed to digitizing, preserving and providing access to significant local materials.  Southern Oregon expects to 1) develop model procedures for working with regional federal, state and local agencies and governments to select, acquire and digitize documents, 2) investigate and acquire moderately priced equipment appropriate for other modestly sized projects, 3) develop internal processes and procedures for the actual digitizing operation and quality controls, 4) create a set of metadata specifications that are reasonable and achievable for regional libraries to employ in ongoing projects, and 5) share this model information regionally by working with the Orbis consortium, state-wide by presenting papers at state and Northwest conferences, and nationally through contributing articles to national journals.

Design

The University plans on a two and a half year project to carry out our three goals.  The planning phase at the beginning is absolutely critical to the successful completion of the entire project since this is the time when staff will educate themselves about how to successfully digitize collections and will make the critical decisions to create a model sustainable digitization operation.  The second phase of two years encompasses the actual digitization of materials and makes them accessible.  The final phase of four months overlaps the end of the production period and focuses attention on finalizing the infrastructure, ongoing procedures and planning for the future of the Archives.

Phase I – Planning:  July 2001 - December 2001.  The initial stage of Creating the Southern Oregon Digital Archives will focus on completing the planning details for the project.  The Library will hire a consultant experienced in digitization projects to 1) recommend scanning equipment, 2) provide guidance in determining appropriate operating procedures, 3) articulate responsibilities for various personnel, 4) help define any additional training needs, 5) clarify considerations in access to the digital documents, 6) advise on cataloging concerns and 7) make suggestions on metadata needed for the three collections.  The consultant will also help develop requirements for flatbed and overhead scanners, image quality standards, image file formats and resolution standards. We will also look to this person to help us determine personnel qualifications for our Digitization Assistants and develop workflow patterns necessary to achieve our goals.

A second, database/technical consultant will provide assistance in determining the appropriate computer hardware and software necessary to store, catalog, and provide public access to digital image collections. This will involve determining specific size requirements for hard disks, processor speed, backup procedures and the necessary operating system environment. To some degree, we will be testing a variety of existing software packages to determine their appropriateness to this project.  These include, but will not be limited to, Endeavor’s ENCompass and University of Washington’s Content. To enhance accessibility to our digital collections we will hire a web design firm to work on a pleasing interface and issues of usability.

During this phase initial contacts will be made with the Klamath Tribal Council, state and federal agency heads, and local government officials to explain the project, seek their cooperation, acquire documents not already in our collections, and open discussions on procedures to make this an ongoing activity.  Project staff will also initiate more extensive discussions with relevant staff and the University of Oregon and Oregon State University Libraries to coordinate the Bioregions Collection with OSU’s Natural Resources Institute’s proposed digital library and to coordinate the Local Government Information Collection with the Local Communities Data project being started at the UO.

Phase II – Production:  January 2002 - December 2003.  During the second phase of the project the documents in the three collections will be digitized, the database created, and the digitized publications made available.  The paragraphs below outline the several steps that will be needed; but the precise processes and activities will be fully determined with the help of the two consultants used during Phase I.

a) Selection.  Southern Oregon Bioregions Collection:  Selection for the anticipated 400-600 items for this collection is already underway.  The Government Publications Librarian and her staff who have worked with these regional materials for over 20 years will make all selections of government publications.  They are reviewing every bibliographic entry of currently cataloged government publications in the SOU catalog from the regional offices of the U.S. Forest Service covering the Siskiyou, Rogue River, Klamath, Fremont, and Winema National Forests.  In addition, they will select appropriate U.S.  Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Geological Survey, and Fish and Wildlife publications.  They will also systematically select studies published by Oregon Watershed Councils and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Resources. Land use and ecological studies from city and county governments in our defined region will be identified by close analysis of the library’s cataloged collection.  See Appendix A for a representative sampling of the publications to be included in this and the other collections.

Indian Tribal Materials Collection:  We will concentrate on tribal materials of the Klamath Tribes, centered in Chiloquin. The Klamath Tribes are a logical choice, as they are the nearest tribal government of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, located about 70 miles east of Ashland in Klamath County.  They are beginning to mount information such as the October, 2000 Economic Self-Sufficiency Plan on their current website.  We will initially contact the Klamath Tribal Council to meet with them to discuss the project and obtain names of representatives from the tribal government’s various departments to establish a tribal advisory group.  We will work closely with this advisory group to collaboratively develop a selection policy with criteria for choosing materials for the project.  These clear selection criteria will be based on factors including, but not limited to, historical value, educational value, preservation needs, potential for high use, access, and benefit to the tribe, the university, the region, and nation. The SOU Library will be sensitive to tribal concerns about appropriateness of materials to digitize (for example, we would in all probability omit geographic information about sacred sites).  We hope to digitize some 100 to 200 items during the course of the project.

Local Government Information Collection:  We will examine cataloging records for city and county documents in the SOU Library collection and will select primarily budget and planning materials from the three county region of our project. Other local government publications such as the Josephine County Historical Resources Inventory, 1983‑1984 will also be selected. In addition we are examining a list of uncataloged Oregon city and county planning publications owned by the University of Oregon for those that are relevant to our project.  We will interlibrary loan and digitize those that apply to our areas.  At the same time Library staff will contact other relevant city and county agencies to acquire additional items within the scope of the project that we do not currently own.  If we cannot get copies for our collection we will seek to borrow, digitize and return them. We anticipate initially including some 100-200 items in the collection.

b) Preparation.   Most documents will have their bindings guillotined and will be fed through a form feeder for scanning, following appropriate collating, an initial review for completeness, and determination of any special needs during digitization.  Original documents will be rebound with a simple paper binding.  A small number of materials may be copied page by page by hand from the original due to preservation reasons.  When available, we will obtain digital versions of current federal, state, city, county, and tribal publications.  During this process we expect to set in place the foundations for future cooperation with these municipal and county governments.

c) Scanning.  Scanning will usually begin with the title page or front cover unless there are other instructions by project staff.  All parts of each publication will be scanned including tables of contents, introductions, indexes, bibliographies, maps, tables, and foldouts.  After scanning we will make acid-free copies of all documents and have them bound.

Archival quality images will be created using a nonproprietary TIFF format and stored to hard disk.  It is possible that an additional archival copy of each image will be stored on CD-ROM. The scanning process will also involve the creation of an OCR’d file favorable for full text searching. Further scanning procedures will be followed as developed during the planning phase of the project.

d) Quality Control.  Project staff will perform quality control checks as an ongoing process.  We anticipate that the digitization assistants will do a quality control check after scanning of each page  and after the text is marked up.  At a minimum, they will review each document for completeness and legibility.Other quality control checks may be determined as a result of the project’s planning phase.

e) Post-Scanning Processing.  All images will be attached to database records for the purpose of full text searching and retrieval on the web. Database records for the Southern Oregon Bioregions Collection and the Local Government Information Collection will, whenever possible, be converted from existing OCLC cataloging records. Most of the materials in the Indian Tribal Materials Collection will require original cataloging.  At the minimum, each image in all collections will be searchable by  author(s), title, subjects, and the full text of the document. Specific post-scanning procedures will be developed based on our selection of database and scanning software.

f) Delivery System.  We will choose database software such as Endeavor’s ENCompass or the University of Washington’s Content as a result of the planning phase of the project.  The three collections will be searchable from appropriately designed web pages linked to the SOU Library’s website.  We will hire a web designer to ensure the website’s attractiveness and usability.

g) Cataloging and Metadata.  All of the publications digitized for the project will have MARC records with full Library of Congress (LC) cataloging and notes fields containing further descriptive information as needed to provide rich access and description.  While many of the government publications selected for the project already have full MARC records, they will need to be edited to provide links to the digital records.  Some publications, especially the local government publications and tribal materials, will require original cataloging. The records will be available through the SOU Library Online Catalog as well as through the OCLC bibliographic utility and the Orbis consortia catalog.  Links from the MARC records to the digital texts will be provided by clickable URLs in the MARC 856 field.  This field is accessible through the SOU Library Online Catalog.

SOU Library project staff will determine the exact descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata after researching the available implementation standards.  We will most likely use the Dublin Core standard. At this time we expect to avoid redundant cataloging in MARC and metadata creation through the OCLC CORC service.  Other methods by which we may create metadata include:  extraction from our online catalog records, extraction from the digitized items, and direct keying by project staff.

Phase III – Finalizing Infrastructure & Sustainability: September 2003 - December 2003.  The focus of this period of the grant will be refining processes and procedures to create a sustainable, ongoing operation for Southern Oregon University and to disseminate information about the regional digitization model to other libraries, including the creation of pages on the project’s website that describe the model processes and equipment.  The Principal Investigator and Project Manager will consult with the external evaluator to review and improve the digitization process and organization, and to assess the Archives’ role in the larger digitization picture in Oregon.  They will develop plans for the next stage of the Southern Oregon Digital Archives, lay out an ongoing budget, identify possible funding sources, and work with campus administrators to institutionalize the Archives.

Management Plan and Personnel

The Principal Investigator for the project will be Teresa Montgomery, Associate Library Director and Technical Services Coordinator, who will spend 15% of her time over the two and a half year project (vita of the key project staff members are in Appendix B).  She will oversee the project development and will coordinate the efforts of the Project Team.  She will work with the Project Manager and Haley to develop cataloging and metadata specifications and procedures, and with the Project Team to develop documentation of standards, workflow, and quality control procedures.  She will coordinate the evaluation of the project and the dissemination of its results.  Montgomery oversaw the implementation of the SOU Library’s III automation system in 1994 and acted as its manager from 1994-1999.  She served as Acting Director from Sept. 1998 - July 2000.  She has worked with cataloging and automation systems since 1981.

James Rible, Systems Librarian, will serve as the Project Manager, giving 25% of his time to the day-to-day management of the project.  He will serve as the principal researcher of software applications and hardware to be used in the project including OCR and database software, scanning equipment, and servers.  He will assess staff performance in maintaining digitization standards and will supervise the full-time digitization assistant to be hired for the project.  Rible has been responsible for a variety of electronic systems and services including managing access to the University Library’s electronic databases and maintaining the Library’s local area network since joining the Library in 1987.  He was an early adopter and campus instructor in the use of the internet and served as the campus webmaster for three years.  He is a frequent presenter at Online Northwest and publishes regularly in the field of information technology.

Deborah Hollens, Government Publications Librarian, will devote 10% of her time to the project.  During her sabbatical Spring Term 2002 this will increase to 60%.  She will oversee the selection of materials for the Southern Oregon Bioregions Collection and the Local Government Information Collection.  Working with Haley and Montgomery she will help determine the metadata elements for government publications in the project.  She will lead and coordinate efforts to establish ongoing relationships with local federal and state agencies and state and county governments to assure the acquisition of difficult-to-find documents.  Hollens has 22 years of experience in government publications and is a state leader in acquiring fugitive documents and an active member of the Documents Interest Group of Oregon. She has developed the most complete collection of Oregon state publications in the state.

Mary Jane Cedar Face, Collection Development Librarian, will devote 10% of her time to the project.  She will take the lead in coordinating selection of items for the Indian Tribal Materials Collection.  She will serve as liaison to the Klamath Tribes and will develop a collaborative relationship with appropriate tribal personnel.  She will be responsible for selecting materials from our existing holdings relating to the Klamath Tribes, will work with the Klamath to digitize materials from their archives, and will engage in the requisite research for locating Klamath materials in the public domain from other repositories.  She has many years of experience with Native American research and community involvement and for a number of years served as the advisor to Southern’s Native American Student Union.

Lisa Haley, Cataloging Coordinator, will devote 50% of her time to the project.  She will work with Montgomery and Hollens to establish the cataloging policies, procedures, and metadata elements for the digitized materials.  She will do original cataloging of items in the project.  Haley will hire and supervise the half-time cataloger.  She has seven years of progressively responsible cataloging experience in a wide range of formats and media including government publications and electronic resources.

Sue Burkholder, who has served as Library Director since 1985, will manage the project budget and with Montgomery will coordinate project activities with ongoing Library operations.

Anne Richards, Government Information Specialist, will assist Deborah Hollens in acquiring additional fugitive federal publications and local city and planning publications and in establishing quality control activities, spending 10% of her time on the project.  She has worked for 19 years in the SOU Government Publications Department and has developed the necessary personal relationships with federal and state agency personnel for securing rare publications.

Karen Menzie, Cataloging Technician III, will devote 10% of her time assisting Haley and the Cataloger in copy cataloging tasks for the digitized materials.  She has 16 years of progressively difficult cataloging experience in a variety of formats including software and electronic databases.

A half-time Cataloger will be hired to catalog materials digitized in the project.  Lisa Haley will supervise this position.  A full-time Digitization Assistant will be hired to prepare materials for scanning and to perform quality control.  This person will supervise the student assistants and will be supervised by Rible.  A half-time Digitization Assistant will be hired to assist Hollens, Cedar Face, and Richards with correspondence, telephone calls to government agencies, quality control, and other miscellaneous tasks.  Deborah Hollens will supervise this position.  Student assistants will be hired for scanning tasks.  They will be overseen by the Digitization Assistant.

All members of the Project Team will meet regularly to coordinate project activities.

Budget and Contributions

The budget for the two and a half year project and the contributions to be made by the Library are outlined in the budget sheets.

Evaluation

The success of this project will be measured in several ways and will be carried out with the assistance of an external evaluator.  A mid-point evaluation will take place during July 2002 to assess progress to that point and to suggest any changes, additions or corrections that might need to be made.  The final evaluation of the full range of the project’s outcomes will be made during December 2003.  Both quantitative and qualitative measures will be used.

At the simplest level the Library will assess whether we have achieved the goal of digitizing 700-900 volumes in the three collection areas outlined above, whether we have acquired appropriate equipment, hardware, and staff experience to create an ongoing digitizing capability at the SOU Library, and whether we have built the relationships with the local federal and state agencies, municipal and county governments, and tribal administrators to assure continuing receipt of these difficult-to-obtain items.

The website access to the Southern Oregon Digital Archives will be evaluated by the number of people who visit the site and its various components.  The ease of use and utility of the site will be ascertained through a user survey on the site and through analysis of Reference questions asking for help with the Archives web pages.

The value of the digitized documents will be assessed with the help of the outside evaluator through such mechanisms as looking at student paper bibliographies, contacting scholars in appropriate disciplinary fields, and comments recorded by visiting scholars to the website.

The appropriateness and the value of the digitization model created for regional libraries will be assessed through discussions with other libraries in Oregon, particularly during presentations at Online Northwest and the Oregon Library Association annual meeting, by determining whether other libraries have used the model in setting up digitizing projects, and through the assessment of the outside evaluator.

Dissemination

The Southern Oregon Digital Archives will be available to everyone through a carefully designed web page.  All the items will be fully searchable, with extensive and appropriate metadata, and will be completely cataloged in the SOU Library catalog, the catalog of the Orbis consortium, and OCLC’s World Cat.  The website will also include full information about the project and the model for regional digitization projects that was developed, including the equipment and processes used.

The Principal Investigator and Project Manager, along with other project personnel, will make interim and final project reports to regional meetings, such as the Oregon Library Association annual meeting and the annual Online Northwest meetings.  At the end of the project, the leaders expect to submit articles to refereed professional journals.  If requested, members of the Project Team will be available to consult with other regional libraries in setting up similar digitization projects.  During the course of the project regional professional colleagues will be apprised of progress through Orbis consortium committees, the Documents Interest Group of Oregon, the LibsOr listserv, and other appropriate organizations.

To publicize the Indian Tribal Materials Collection of the Archives, project staff will not only meet extensively with members of the Klamath Tribes but will also attend meetings of tribal elders of other tribes in Southern and Eastern Oregon.  Presentations are planned for the Oregon Indian Education Association meetings and other appropriate Native American meetings.

Project staff will officially inform all relevant local government agencies of the Local Government Information Collection and invite them to use the materials.  The collection will be an excellent beginning point for any research on the Southern Oregon area by planners,  local businesses, researchers, developers, students, and the general public.

Sustainability

One of the primary project goals is to create a realistic and sustainable program of ongoing digitization at a regional academic library such as Southern Oregon.  By the end of the grant period we expect to have the necessary hardware, software, processes and procedures, and staff experience and expertise to be able to integrate a modest level of continuing digitization activities into our regular workload.   We expect to augment the Archives through continuing the relationships built during the project period and thereby continuing to receive relevant publications.  As more material is created and disseminated digitally we will seek to become the repository where these Southern Oregon materials are preserved.  In addition we expect to use the experiences during the Creating the Southern Oregon Digital Archives project to gain sufficient knowledge to allow the Library to apply for additional private, state, and federal grants.  The Library is committed to maintaining the Southern Oregon Digital Archives website after the end of the grant period.

More specifically our work with the Klamath Tribes should result in both an ongoing relationship with those tribal elders to receive tribal documents and a model to follow in developing similar relationships with the other federally recognized tribes outside the Willamette Valley. 

The University is currently engaged in a number of multi-agency partnerships relating to the Southern Oregon bioregions including the Applegate Partnership and a cooperative program to locate the Ashland Ranger District office of the U.S. Forest Service on our campus.  Alliances such as these will assist the Library in continuing our digital collection building activities with fugitive materials available only from local district offices.  We anticipate adding 50 volumes a year to this collection, thereby providing a growing permanent resource for scholars and students studying this unique region

For tribes, agencies or local governments that are already producing material in digital form we expect that the Southern Oregon Digital Archives will offer a site that can collocate financial and planning information from all over the region and that will provide a commitment to preserving these digital materials.


 

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