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FSU Libraries Launches Digital Library

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Tallahassee, FL— February 5, 2014

FSU Libraries announce the launch of the new Florida State University Digital Library. The FSU Digital Library provides online access to Florida State University’s rich and unique historical collections of photos, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, and rare books.

Currently, the FSUDL highlights collections from Special Collections & Archives, Heritage Protocol, and the Claude Pepper Library, including yearbooks from 1900 to 1997, historical photos of campus, and selections from the Paul A.M. Dirac Papers. Over time it will connect students and researchers with digital collections from all over the University. The technology platform supporting the FSUDL allows for future growth in both content and services.

“I’m very excited about the potential to show FSU’s special collections, which include hundreds of thousands of rare items, to a wide audience through FL-Islandora,” said Dean of FSU Libraries Julia Zimmerman.

The Florida State University Digital Library is run on the FL-Islandora platform, managed by the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC). Florida State University Libraries has been a development partner with FLVC on the state’s common digital platform project.

"FSU’s implementation marks a significant milestone in the growth of Islandora as a common digital platform that can serve all of Florida’s public universities and colleges,” commented Florida Virtual Campus Executive Director Don Muccino. “As a development partner, FSU provided tremendous insight into the unique needs and challenges that university libraries have in managing their large digital collections and making those resources easily available to their students, faculty and staff.”

These partnerships enabled the project to succeed. “Our collaborative relationships with FLVC as well as with LYRASIS have made this development possible,” said Dean Zimmerman. “Our combined efforts will provide Islandora capabilities to many other libraries in Florida and nationally.”

The mission of the University Libraries is to Advance academic excellence and success for FSU and the broader scholarly community through intellectual discovery and dynamic engagement. For more information about the FSU Libraries, please visit http://www.lib.fsu.edu/.

Contact: Krystal Thomas
Digital Archivist
University Libraries
kmthomas@fsu.edu.

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