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#CLIRWater Project

A 3-year collaborative digitization project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Introduction

The Digitizing Southern California Water Resources Project is a 3-year collaborative digitization project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

The collaboration forms a regional network of Southern California private and public institutions that demonstrates our commitment to leveraging our individual strengths (collections, subject knowledge, and professional expertise) and technical infrastructures towards the open proliferation of water heritage collections.

Read more:  The Claremont Colleges Library Receives National Grant to Digitize California Water Resources

Purpose
  • Unearth a critical mass of 19th- and 20th-century primary source documentation on the development, management, and exploitation of Southern California and western United States (U.S.) water.
  • Facilitate digital, scholarly, and academic activities that are conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technology.
  • Open the door for new scholarship on water and the environment in Southern California and the western United States.
  • Provide professional archival training for students through the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS) with paid fellowships.
  • Support opportunities for CCEPS fellows to reflect on and discuss their experiences with primary sources in a variety of ways, including blog posts, peer teaching, and other projects.
Project
  • Digitize materials that originate from various levels of government, water companies, local agencies, engineers, and other individuals involved in water development in the region.
  • Catalog items with descriptive metadata.
  • Upload materials to an online digital asset management system.
  • Share our work through social media outlets using the hashtag #CLIRWater.
  • Create in-library and online exhibitions highlighting the original documents.
  • Host a #CLIRWater symposium with talks by project staff, faculty, and students.
Partner institutions
  • The Claremont Colleges Library
  • A.K. Smiley Public Library
  • California State University, Northridge – Oviatt Library
  • California State University, San Bernardino – Water Resources Institute
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at Riverside
  • Ontario City Library
  • Upland Public Library
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