Collections and Projects
Acumen Digital Library System
At the University of Alabama, we have developed a simple, robust digital library system using PHP, MySQL, and Apache. The new system is free, easy to set up and administer, imposes no new work flows or skill set requirements on archivists, bypasses the need to create extra metadata wrappers, works in all major browsers, runs on the most common web server stack, and automatically creates and updates its own index database (while storing no valuable data inside it).
NHPRC Grant Project: Digitizing the S. D. Cabaniss Papers
The grant "Digitizing the S.D. Cabaniss Papers", part of the "Digitizing Historical Records" effort by NHPRC, was funded for 14 months. The intent was to provide online access to the content in a low-cost, scalable model which simulates online the experience of the patron in the reading room. That is, the finding aid provides the descriptive information about the content, and from the finding aid, content in each series is linked in the order found in each file and box.
We are currently using a version of this workflow to digitize and present the Pauline Jones Gandrud Papers, an extensive collection of genealogy research.