United States Virgin Islands History and Culture is a collection of archival, library, and museum materials documenting Virgin Islands' heritage and social life and customs. The materials in this collection were selected from a group of items digitized as part of a National Leadership grant entitled Digitization for Access and Preservation, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the University of the Virgin Islands Libraries in partnership with the Virgin Islands Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums.
It is important to write professionally (knowing the audience, knowing the purpose, being persuasive, and getting to the point) so that one is able to communicate effectively and efficiently....
The Miami Metropolitian Archive is a cooperative effort of the Urban, Regional & Local Government Documents Department at Florida International University Libraries and the City of Miami City Clerk's Office to provide digital access to important source materials on Miami-Dade County urban development. Currently, early City of Miami City Council meeting minutes, charters, departmental annual reports, and planning documents from 1896 to 1966 are archived here with more collections and services to come.
A common myth that has arisen in recent years is the claim that the internet has made libraries obsolete. However, the multitude of ways in which libraries continue to be used as illustrated in this chapter shows that libraries offer so much more that cannot be provided by a computer with an internet connection. It must also be noted that not every household has internet access.
Libraries are well-positioned to play an important role in improving these figures, through the promotion of literacy and positive reading experiences in local communities, and society as a whole. For babies, children and young people there are baby-bounce, class visits, storytelling sessions, summer reading schemes, and teenage reading groups, including ones specifically focused on Manga and graphic novels, for example. Adults benefit from library groups focused on reading (including specialist groups catering for specific needs), creative writing, self-publishing, as well as reading challenges and author visits, to name just a few of the initiatives. Library staff also visit schools, nurseries, playgroups, prisons and community centres. Outreach is not just crucial in promoting the great work of libraries, and attracting more users, but it can lead to greater community involvement, empowerment and resilience.
Primary sources in the form of archives (55%) and electronic primary sources (70%) were used by a majority of respondents. Non-library websites (61%) and internet search engines (75%) were used by a majority of students as well, but only 8 respondents reported either category as their ‘most important’ electronic resources.
One-hundred-twenty-seven students reported ‘critical incidents’ about their experiences completing projects in these courses, making up a 34% response rate overall. Participants’ email addresses were used in a drawing for gift certificates at each study site. At the conclusion of the project, participating librarians and faculty received a summary report and a link to a web portal for reviewing detailed results.
The ULI instrument asks students to reflect on four types of library use: electronic resources and discovery tools (referred to as electronic resources for brevity), traditional resources, services, and facilities or equipment. Students also identified their most important use in each category. The respondents reported using over 1,800 distinct types of library resources, services, and facilities during History research projects. The top 20 most common types of use are presented in figure 2. Students also reported over 2,100 ways that their ‘most important uses’ helped or hindered their achievement.
The Eric Eustace Williams Collection is both a bibliography and a growing library of digitized works by and about Dr. Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago who is often called "the father of the Nation". Dr. Williams' importance as an historic figure is as much as a philosopher as a politician. The works listed and collected here include Dr. William's many monographs and essays, together with his political speeches and other published works. Also included is a characterization of Dr. Williams' political life as reported by the Trinidad Guardian.
It is important to show the basic aspects of professional writing (knowing the audience, knowing the purpose, being persuasive, and getting to the point) so that one is able to accomplish the act of communicating effectively and looking professional in doing so....
Before we move on, I want to reflect on this point. Respondents used internet search engines, but most students claimed the library catalog (27.6%), library databases (21.3%), e-primary sources (19.7%), and e-journals (13.4%) were their ‘most important’ e-resources. These findings may be consistent with those reported by OCLC in a 2006 study which found that a majority of students reported starting their search with internet search engines but preferred library sources for their credibility and trustworthiness.
The Ringling Collection is comprised of cabinet cards, postcards and photographs of 19th Century American and British actors and actresses. There are more than 6,000 images in this digital collection depicting more than 3,000 actors and actresses. The Collection is important not simply for its pictures of the idols of a bye-gone era but for its depictions of clothing, hair styles, and other indicators of the period's social mores and attitudes. The original collection is housed in the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts in the Smathers Libraries' Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida.
These findings are also consistent with those reported by who found the most common reason among business and economics students for using ‘internal’ resources such as library acquired books and databases was the “quality and credibility of material and broad subject coverage.” Further, these authors found that more experienced, expert users were more likely to use internal resources than inexperienced users. These phenomena could also be at work in this ULI study as 84% of the respondents were seniors and 78% were history majors. These are cohorts who ostensibly should be more experienced with resources for the discipline than younger students or non-History majors.