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UW Librarians Receive Award to Digitize Historic UW Documents

February 2, 2015
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Chad Hutchens and David Kruger

University of Wyoming Associate Librarians David Kruger and Chad Hutchens received an $8,000 Project Ceres award from the Center for Research Libraries to digitize historic UW Agricultural Experiment Station bulletins.

UW was one of only eight land-grant universities to receive a Project Ceres award through a highly competitive application process. Other recipients for the 2014-15 application year included libraries from the University of Florida, Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, New Mexico State University, University of Minnesota, Purdue University and Washington State University.

The Project Ceres award will enable UW Libraries to digitize more than 300 Agricultural Experiment Station bulletins from 1891 through 1965. Library patrons will have electronic access to past bulletin issues and keyword searchability across 75 years of publications.

“I greatly appreciate the University of Wyoming Libraries for their efforts to preserve historical agricultural research in Wyoming,” says Bret Hess, UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources associate dean. “The convenience of being able to access historical experiment station bulletins online, versus trying to use them from closed collections, benefits faculty, staff, students and our constituents.”

UW Libraries received notice of the award last May and will have the digitization project completed by August 2015. The UW Agricultural Experiment Station bulletins will become available online through the Libraries’ Wyoming Scholars Repository.

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