Open Parks for the People

On a sunny monday afternoon a few weeks ago, about 22 people convened in Lupton Hall at Oglethorpe University to hear Christopher Vinson, the Head of Library Technology at Clemson University speak on the Open Parks Network. The Open Park Network is a collaboration between Clemson University, the National Park Service and IMLS. In 2010, IMLS awarded Clemson and NPS 1.5 million dollar project to make this resource online. The presentation was made possible by Society of Georgia Archivists, Special Libraries Association, Metro Atlanta Library Association, Crawford Media and Cosco.

The Open Parks Network is currently home to 1.4 million digitized pages, 356,000 archival materials, 6900 government documents, and  7600 foldouts. The archival materials contain over 237,000 still images from photos, negatives, slides, scrapbooks, cards, aerial photos,maps, stereographs, newspapers, plant specimens, glass plate negatives, documents and manuscripts.

The session was so interesting that LYRASIS is bringing this presentation to you as a part of our Second Friday series on November 11 at 12:30 EST.  Please join us as Chris Vinson and Rachel Wittmann from Clemson University speak about the Open Parks Network .  Click to register.

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