School of Information Sciences

Digital Libraries Colloquium Series

Sponsored by the School of Computer Science-Carnegie Mellon University, the School of Information Sciences-University of Pittsburgh, the University Library System-University of Pittsburgh, the University Libraries-Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Ed Galloway


Digital Research Library within the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Talk: 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. in room 501, IS Building
Meet the speaker coffee: 11:30 a.m. -12:00 noon, Large Commons Room, 5th floor

"Collaborating with Pitt Faculty to Build Image Collections

Abstract: The Digital Research Library (DRL) supports the teaching and research mission of the University of Pittsburgh by serving users through the creation and delivery of Web-accessible digital collections. The DRL has experienced tremendous growth since it was established as a new department within the University Library System (ULS) in 1999. From its inception, the DRL focused on creating text-based collections whose digitization and accessibility on the Web would aid the research of scholars, historians, faculty, and students. The DRL has since expanded its tools and capabilities to provide access to an array of material, including photographs, slides, negatives, maps, manuscripts, illustrations, postcards, drawings, broadsheets, posters, audio, video, finding aids, and bibliographic catalogs of collections.

This presentation will introduce the different types of collections digitized and mounted by the DRL. In particular, Ed will discuss the importance of forming partnerships with other ULS departments, local institutions, and Pitt faculty to rapidly build local image and text collections. Ed will describe changes in the department's workflow and scanning requirements in order to tackle larger projects in an efficient manner. He will also talk about the unique relationships formed by the DRL with faculty at Pitt who seek to mount their images online for research, teaching and instruction purposes.
The DRL is currently engaged in a major endeavor to digitize large portions of the Darlington Memorial Library, which comprises books, maps, atlases, manuscripts, broadsides, and photographs. Ed will discuss the plans and methods of achieving this goal within the next several years. As a founding member of the Open Content Alliance, the ULS will contribute the image files from this project to the Internet Archive for broader access.

Bio: Ed Galloway is the Coordinator of the Digital Research Library (DRL) at the University of Pittsburgh. He has a B.A. in History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and an MLIS from the University of Texas. In 1993 he moved to Pittsburgh to work for Carnegie Mellon University as the archivist responsible for processing the congressional papers of the late Senator John Heinz. He also managed the digitization of nearly one million pages from the collection that are available online.

In 2000 Ed accepted a position within the University Library System at Pitt as head of the DRL, a newly formed department responsible for the library’s digitization activities. He has overseen the creation and release of nearly fifty image collections, over a dozen text collections, over two dozen map collections, and hundreds of archival finding aids. He served as the Principal Investigator of an IMLS grant to digitize and mount thousands of Historic Pittsburgh images from multiple collections and repositories in the city. He has also been a co-director of an NEH project to microfilm and digitize a selection of Chinese monographs, a co-director of a Commonwealth-funded project to digitize portions of the Dick Thornburgh papers, and a co-director of a University Innovation in Education award to create the Chartres Cathedral image collection with Dr. Alison Stones, Professor of History of Art and Architecture.

Ed still maintains strong roots to the archival profession as evidenced by his active membership in the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archival Conference (MARAC). He is currently working with members of PALINET, PALCI and the Commonwealth Libraries to create an OAI-based harvesting service at Pitt to federate access to digitized material scattered throughout the state.


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