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Project Spotlight: Delivering History through the OUHSC History of Medicine Collection

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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Bird Library, Oklahoma City, OK has digitized some of its collections through funds from a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR).

These include items from the University’s College of Nursing, one of its earliest Deans (Dr. Long) from the College of Medicine, and several medical instrument collections.  Working with these materials certainly provided a new perspective and value to being a medical librarian!

With this award we were able to train staff, experiment with new scanning methods such as stereoscopic and rotational views, and provide publicity to highlight our collections in unique ways.

The experience of starting a digitization project from the ground up was challenging and rewarding.

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Through collaboration with the Louisiana State University Health Science Center – Shreveport (LSUHSC-Shreveport) Medical Library, we are working to put together a digitization kit that will share some of the methods and lessons learned to help other libraries begin their digitization projects.

Visit the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Bird Library History of Medicine collection online at: You can browse the collections and take a virtual tour of the History of Medicine Room.

Special thanks to guest author Mark Hopkins, Library Technology Manager, Robert M. Bird Library.

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