Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The weather's warm, it's time to hit the road!

Chevron Map, 1959
Remember summer vacations traveling across the U.S. by car? If you would like to relive that slice of Americana, or you have just heard about what it was like to take long road trips in the past on America’s two-lane roads like Route 66 and Highway 40, come to Bracken Library and view Summer Road Trip, an exhibit presented by Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections and the GIS Research and Map Collection.  

Virginia Beach, VA ca. 1960's

The exhibit includes maps and atlases produced by gasoline companies and mapmakers to aid travelers during the height of travel by car in the 1940s through the 1960s, as well as books and photos depicting popular destination spots, gas stations (where they used to pump the gas for you), restaurants (where gas and fries were always plentiful), and tourist attractions (buried Cadillacs and tepee motels) common to the era.          
North Star Drive-In, Muncie, IN ca. 1950

The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library runs from Monday, May 27 to June 28, 2013, and is open to the public. For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections, libarchives@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078. 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Ball State University Libraries Announce New and Improved Digital Media Repository

Improved zooming and panning features
enhance access to rich digital resources
The Ball State University Libraries are pleased to introduce a new and improved Digital Media Repository (DMR), featuring a redesigned interface and incorporating the latest updates to CONTENTdm, the repository’s content management system. The newly designed DMR provides a more dynamic and interactive user experience, highlighting the value of the repository’s diverse digital collections and enhancing the discovery, visibility, searching of digital resources that support learning, teaching, and research.

New features include an enhanced image
viewer that provides for easy zooming and panning, allowing users to enjoy a greater level of interactivity with DMR’s varied and diverse visual materials, including photographs, maps, and architectural drawings. The newly designed repository incorporates user comments and tagging to provide digital users with a more social experience.
User tagging feature provides interactive, social experience

New image downloading options give users increased access to archival material and educational content. Enhanced Search Engine Optimization improves the discoverability of DMR assets in web search engines, expanding the global reach of Ball State University’s unique digital content.  These new enhancements make the DMR a dynamic and interactive learning and research tool for Ball State students and faculty, and for users worldwide.