[Libs-Or] OHSU Library received LSTA grant funding

Maija Anderson andermai at ohsu.edu
Mon Jun 8 11:24:38 PDT 2015

OHSU Library receives LSTA grant funding

With a grant through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), OHSU Library will digitize rare and unique collections on public health in Oregon, and provide open access to the scientific data they contain.

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, the special collections department of OHSU Library, holds extensive 19th-20th century materials on public health in Oregon, including manuscripts, photographs, publications, maps, and more. Historians, journalists, and health professionals have long consulted these materials for research on the history of public health. However, rich collections of data in these resources are locked up in analog format, and therefore largely hidden to patrons in scientific research fields such as public health, environmental science, epidemiology, and bioinformatics. This legacy data has potential to be of great benefit in today's world, if made digitally accessible through curation and electronic transformation.

Among the collections selected for this project are death records, public health surveys, Oregon's earliest medical journals, photographs, and institutional records. Many of the records deal with minorities, women, rural populations, and those under-served in health care. OHSU Library will provide the public with a robust, online resource for accessing both the digitized materials and the data they contain.

The project partners OHSU Historical Collections & Archives with the OHSU Ontology Development Group, as part of the library's efforts to develop innovative data services. The project director is Maija Anderson, Head of Historical Collections & Archives. The project team includes Max Johnson, University Archivist; Shahim Essaid, Ontology Development Group; and student assistants Sherra Hopkins and Rachel Blume.

OHSU Library is honored to be able to provide scholars, students, researchers, and the public with ready access to these materials, which have the potential to help improve public health in Oregon today. This project is supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. Please contact Maija Anderson at andermai at ohsu.edu<mailto:andermai at ohsu.edu> for more information about this project.

Maija Anderson - Head, Historical Collections & Archives/Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road - LIB
Portland, Oregon 97239
andermai at ohsu.edu
Phone: 503-418-2287
Fax: 503-494-3227

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