Mountain Scholar is in DPLA!

Strauss library’s digital repository, Mountain Scholar, has become part of Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)!

The staff at Strauss library have been working with their colleagues in Mountain Scholar and representatives from DPLA to upload specified parts of the digital repository into the DPLA collections.

DPLA is an online collection of digital archives from libraries, archives, and museums around the country, freely available on the internet.

DPLA requested historical collections from Mountain Scholar, and the Mountain Scholar group voted to go forward and add items from the Mountain Scholar member libraries’ collections to DPLA.

The Strauss library staff chose the historical collections from Mountain Scholar to upload, and the months of work have paid off! You can now view the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library collection in DPLA!

The University of Colorado Anschutz is listed under the Plains to Peaks Collective partnership, and you can see Strauss library in the Contributing Institution list.

Shikes Medical Lecture Tickets

Some of the staff at HSL recently began working on digitizing the Shikes paper items from the Shikes medical artifacts donation. The items are in the process of being digitized and added to the Mountain Scholar digital repository. So far, you can see the medical lecture tickets in the repository.

HSL accepted these items as a donation from Dr. Robert H. Shikes in 2015.  All the items were collected by him over years.  Dr. Shikes is Professor Emeritus, SOM, Department of Pathology, and authored Rocky Mountain Medicine: Doctors, Drugs, and Disease in Early Colorado, University of Colorado of Medicine: A Centennial History 1883-1983 with Henry N. Claman, and University of Colorado of Medicine: A Millennial History with Henry N. Claman

Check out the gallery of the Medical Lecture Tickets:

Paul Andrews, who works with the artifacts here at HSL, proposed the project since the paper items are great additions to HSL’s repository. Check back as the staff work on digitizing the other paper items, including advertising materials, photographs, and postcards!

School of Pharmacy Exhibit and Collection

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The School of Pharmacy exhibit in the main entryway.

 

You may have noticed in the main entryway the new School of Pharmacy exhibit. This exhibit features items from the new School of Pharmacy archives collection at HSL.

HSL has been working with the School of Pharmacy to digitize their archive. The School of Pharmacy has deposited physical items into the archive at HSL, and HSL has added digital-only items to the digital repository.

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences archive collection includes the School of Pharmacy newsletters (Pharmacy Perspectives, e-Scripts, Materia Medica, and School of Pharmacy News), the class photos, commencement programs, historical meeting minutes, historical prescription sheets, and the theses and dissertations, which have been housed in the digital repository prior to the project.

The exhibit in the main entryway has two examples of the Pharmacy Perspectives and School of Pharmacy News newsletters each, and printouts of other items in the collection. The yellowish printouts in the center are examples of the historical prescription sheets, with printouts of the commencement programs on the left in black and pink, and in between smaller versions of the class photos. On the right, there are printouts of the historical meeting minutes.

HSL is still working on digitizing the School of Pharmacy News newspapers and the class photos. Please check out the exhibit in the main entryway, and go to the repository to see the digitized materials. There will be more materials in the future!

 

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The main web page for the School of Pharmacy collection in the digital repository.

End of Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week 2018, an annual international event promoting the use and scholarship of open access resources, is coming to an end.

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Why is Open Access important?

The Right to Research Coalition says it best, “Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon.  Price barriers should not prevent students (or anyone) from getting access to research they need.  Open Access, and the open availability and searchability of scholarly research that it entails, will have a significant positive impact on everything from education to the practice of medicine to the ability of entrepreneurs to innovate.”

 

Currently, the Library is having a difficult time affording the many databases, journals, and other resources needed by our users. However, Open Access allows researchers, faculty, staff, and students to use content freely available on the web without a library subscription. The production of more Open Access content worldwide means libraries do not need to depend on costly subscriptions for our users to access quality research.

 

What is the Anschutz’s Health Sciences Library doing to support Open Access?

The Library helps promote the use and publication of open access content. One example of the Library supporting Open Access is our investment in Mountain Scholar: Digital Collection of Colorado & Wyoming, our open institutional repository. The primary objective of Mountain Scholar is for Anschutz researchers, faculty, staff, and students to make their research and publications openly available. Take a look at our Mountain Scholar Guide for more information.

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Still want to learn more about the importance of Open Access?

Freely stream Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, an hour long documentary about open scholarship.

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DCC is Now Mountain Scholar

HSL has an online repository where digital materials are available for our patrons.

Previously, the name of the digital repository was Digital Collections of Colorado, or DCC.

The digital repository is not just HSL, but a group of libraries. Recently, the University of Wyoming joined the repository group. Since the group is no longer only in Colorado, the name was changed.

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The new name of the digital repository is now Mountain Scholar: Digital Collections of Colorado & Wyoming. You will see the links changed on HSL’s main page.

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Please check out what’s available in the repository.  There’s lots of great stuff!

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Denison Exhibit on 3rd Floor

Our staff member Debra has put together a new exhibit on the third floor, a collection of Denison artifacts.

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Included in the exhibit are many artifacts from the Denison collection, including a leather wallet, Colorado medal, Henry Denison’s first pair of leather shows, a doilie embroidered by Henry Denison, birthday candles and tie pins, as well as other items.

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Debra worked to display the physician’s account books and the cowboy hat that will be preserved in its own special-ordered case.IMG_3950.JPG

You can learn more about the Denison family and look through the online archive in the digital repository.

Here is the exhibit information sheet that Debra wrote for the exhibit:

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