A month or so ago, on a sunny Monday afternoon, about 22 people convened in Luten 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 Costco.11421981_567673870038809_1177306720_n

Christoper  told us how Clemson University and hundreds of National Parks across the United States began this endeavor of collating materials, cataloging, shippping, digitizing and restoring items that would be placed in a large, online free for all database called the Open Parks Network. The Open Parks Network currently is home to 356,000 archival materials, 6900 government documents, 1.4 million digitized pages, 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 from the nation’s cherished national parks, many of which are so vast, or so remote that many of us may not ever have the chance to visit. But now, we can!

The session was so interesting that LYRASIS is bringing this presentation to you as a part of our Second Friday series on November 13 at 12:30 EST.  Please join us as Chris Vinson and Rachel Wittmann from Clemson University speak about Open Parks Network.  This session is free for LYRASIS members. To register, click!