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Sandra mcintyre program director

Sandra McIntyreProgram Director




Wheeler Peak aerial view



  • Goals

  • History and governance

  • Infrastructure

  • Frontiers

  • With DPLA



  • Help more organizations to digitize materials about our region’s history and cultural heritage

  • Maintain a public portal to digital collections in the Mountain West region

    • Make content accessible to everyone

    • Offer local control

    • Keep it low cost

    • Standardize for interoperability

History and governance

History and governance

  • Early 2000s: digitization collaboration between University of Utah and Utah State Historical Society

  • Kenning Arlitsch requested support in 2001 from Utah Academic Library Consortium

  • Governed by UALC Council of Directors

  • Policies developed by UALC Digitization Committee

Infra structure

How we are put together


Joe’s Valley Reservoir



  • Distributed network

  • Tiered services

  • Standards and best practices

  • Partnerships

  • Aggregation

Distributed network

Distributed network

Tiered services

Tiered services

  • MWDL Central

  • Hosting Hubs

  • Collection Partners

Collection Partners

Hosting Hubs

MWDL Central



  • Academic departments

  • Academic libraries

  • Academic presses

  • Archives (counties, states, cities)

  • Historical societies

  • Museums, including art museums

  • National heritage areas

  • Natural history associations

  • Public libraries

  • Publishers (journal, magazine, newspaper)

  • State Agencies

  • State Library

  • State Historical Societies


In process:


More in Idaho


Geographic coverage:

  • Utah

  • Nevada

  • Southern Idaho

  • Hawaii



  • Partnership Agreement

    • Partner sets digitization priorities and secures funding

    • Partner ensures usage rights, privacy, and other legal considerations

    • Collections are branded for recognition to partner

    • Hubs provide training and project setup for partners

Standards and best practices

Standards and best practices

Standards and best practices1

Standards and best practices

  • Qualified Dublin Core

  • Metadata mappings to QDC from other systems

  • 8 required fields; 2 other mandatory-if-applicable fields

  • Preservation fields recommended

Standards and best practices2

Standards and best practices

  • Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) document:Digital Imaging Best Practices

Standards and best practices3

Standards and best practices

Standards and best practices4

Standards and best practices



Types of resources:

  • Photographs

  • Maps, plans, and drawings

  • Artworks

  • Scholarly documents

  • Music, oral histories, other sounds

  • Videoclips, animations, Powerpoint presentations

  • Books

  • Mintes, log books, reports, bills and ordinances

  • Birth and death records

  • Finding aids

  • Newspapers

700,000 resourcesin 366 collections

Example in contentdm

Example in CONTENTdm

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Example in CONTENTdm

Aggregation in ex libris primo

Aggregation inEx Libris Primo

  • An integrated discovery system

  • Harvests via OAI and other mechanisms

  • Harvests multiple repository types

  • Powerful searching

  • Online delivery

Http mwdl org

Results in mwdl

Results in MWDL


Where we need to go


Grand Canyon from Point McKinnon on the North Rim



  • Geospatial metadata project

  • Search engine optimization for digital repositories, with Kenning Arlitsch et al.

  • Linked Data exploration



  • Western Archival Network, with

    • Northwest Digital Archives

    • Rocky Mountain Online Archive

  • Regional digital preservation network

  • Distributed internship program

  • Including full range of partners in governance and participation



  • Funding beyond Utah Academic Library Consortium’s limited budget

    • Funding Development Task Force

    • State legislative requests

    • Grants for innovation projects

    • Membership fee or direct services fees

With dpla

Moving forward


Salt Lake and Utah Railroad

With dpla1


  • Providing metadata for harvest

  • Facilitating the conversation about usage rights

  • Customized metadata assistance

  • Expanding services to underserved memory institutions

  • Repository services

  • Community services

Questions welcome

Questions welcome!

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