Interactive map, King-Crane
The library seeks $1 million in endowed and current use funds to support digitization of both special and general collections as well innovative faculty-library partnerships involving digital scholarship.
Digital technologies and related media are revolutionizing society, and those changes are in turn transforming fundamental aspects of the academy, including academic libraries. Today’s students are digital natives who have never known a time when the Internet did not exist. Today’s faculty manage their courses online, teach with a wide variety of technologies, and produce and communicate the results of their research to colleagues in ways that are digitally based.
The creation of digital collections can bring together tangible resources that are related but geographically dispersed, as with the papers of the King-Crane Commission, headed by Oberlin president Henry Churchill King.
The creation of digital scholarship offers new pathways for student learning and dissemination of research generated at the college. Digitization of special collections, archival resources, other rare and unique items, and materials in the library’s general collections greatly improves access to existing resources and allows them to be studied and compared in new ways, opening new avenues for teaching and learning. A primary goal is digitization of resources that document Oberlin history, including the Oberlin Review and the Oberlin News-Tribune and unique archival manuscripts.
Oberlin Shansi digital collection
Songworks for Children digital collection