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Special Collections receives funds for pilot project regarding email archives

February 8, 2013
by Glynn Edwards

Since its inception in the early 1970s, email has become a durable form of communication – one that presents a massive problem for donors, repositories, and researchers. Over 140 billion email messages are sent every day, and many, if not all have research value as part of an archival collection. Email is used for more than just communication. It is used for collaboration, planning, sharing, conducting transactions, and as an aid to memory – a self-archive. It documents relationships – personal, business, and communal. Our reliance on and daily use of email over the past 40 years has developed rich archival material with a secondary benefit of recording social networks in the header information of senders and recipients.

The Department of Special Collections at SUL proposes to address important facets of stewarding email archives that have not been tackled in previous projects. Characteristics of email such as its relatively stable format standardization as well as the inherent structure itself – header, body, attachments – make email an ideal candidate for automated tools to support archival workflows, such as appraisal and processing, as well as benefitting the user through discovery and delivery. 

Istanbul poster exhibition in Green East until March 15

February 8, 2013
by Christopher Matson

Come take a look at the beautiful new Istanbul poster exhibition in the lobby of Green Library's East Wing. The posters feature photographs and text by students who went to Istanbul last August for a three-week Bing Overseas Seminar with Professor Ali Yaycioğlu of the History Department. There's a corresponding book display highlighting materials about Istanbul from our collection.


The Istanbul poster exhibition will be on display in the lobby of Green East until March 15, 2013.

Cartoon of a UX person listening to many stories. (Illustration by Calvin C. Chan).

A user-centered approach to developing digital collection websites

February 7, 2013

Over the past two years, the Digital Library Systems and Services department at SUL has developed a user-centered approach to building websites.  Our methodology involves early and iterative feedback from the primary audience of SUL’s web resources – academic researchers.  The intended result is web applications that help users achieve their research goals while at the same time increasing the efficiency of the software development process (thus, lowering the time to development and the cost).  

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