Friday, June 12, 2009

University Libraries Provide Digital Access to Muncie Redevelopment Commission Minutes

The vision for the Ball State Digital Media Repository, http://libx.bsu.edu, a project of the University Libraries, is to provide global access to digital content that supports the teaching, learning, and research needs of students, faculty, and researchers at Ball State and beyond. In addition to the rich digital resources of the University Libraries, the Digital Media Repository (DMR) provides access to digital content from other areas in the University; the local community; and local, state, regional, and national organizations.

By partnering and collaborating with local community leaders and organizations on development of digital collections, the University Libraries are able to provide a broader range of digital assets for educational and research purposes.

A recent collaboration with a community organization has resulted in the minutes of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission from 1973 and 1980-2004 being made available in the DMR for use by students, faculty, and other researchers 24/7. These minutes are a rich resource of historical, demographic, and community development information. The collection will continue to grow as additional materials are added, http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/MunRedCom.

The Muncie Redevelopment Commission was created by city ordinance on July 3, 1973. The Commission provides loans to property owners to rehabilitate properties in "blighted" areas in Muncie. For more information on the City of Muncie, the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, and the Muncie Redevelopment Commission, visit the Web site at www.cityofmuncie.com. Examples of other community collaborative projects that resulted in collections in the Digital Media Repository include:

Henry County Historical Society Civil War Materials
Meridian Services, Inc., Records
Muncie Chevrolet Plant Architectural Drawings
Muncie Economic Development Oral Histories
Muncie Labor Oral History Collection
Muncie Public Library Civil War Documents
Muncie Times Newspaper
National Association of Interpretation FourThought newsletter
U. S. Vice President Museum Civil War Materials
Yorktown-Mount Pleasant Township Historical Alliance Collection

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.

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