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Webinar: A Scan of Medical History: Digitization Awardee Project Highlights

A Scan of Medical History: Digitization Awardee Project Highlights

Date: July 8, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 12:00 pm


Three sites and the resulting projects that received Digitization Awards from the NNLM/NER in the last year will be showcased in this webinar. Speakers from each project will give an overview of the project, the goals, the value of the collections worked on, results, lessons learned, and tips for others.

This webinar will be useful for librarians, archivists, or anyone who has historical or archival materials and is looking for ideas of what can be done with them. Additionally, it will give insight and practical examples to those who may want to apply for the NN/LM NER Express Digitization Grants.

Guest Speakers and projects include:

  • Amy E. LaVertu, Associate Librarian at the Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library, will present the Tufts Digitization Award, which concerned digitizing and making publically available valuable documents and images concerned with public health initiatives, early female and African-American students, and the first regional medical program in the U.S.
  • Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, Yale University Library, will present the Yale Digitization Award which focused on digitizing and making publically accessible materials collected by William Van Duyn, a former smoker, including a large amount and variety of advertisements, news articles, and other material related to tobacco and cigarette smoking.
  • Sarah McCord, Associate Director of Information Literacy Services, Associate Professor, and Joanne Doucette, Associate Director of Knowledge Management, Assistant Professor, from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Libraries will present their Express Digitization Award, which involved the digitization, transcription, and the building of a database to make accessible historical prescription recipe books.

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