From Our Collections: ISU Extension Resources

ISU Extension and Outreach Week is this week, April 16-21. This year, ISU Extension is celebrating 100 years of organized extension work in fifty-one Iowa counties! In anticipation of these anniversary celebrations, Digital Initiatives developed a landing page for extension materials and exhibits, and includes links to resources outside of DSI. One of the resources…

Project Launch: Iowa State University Football Programs

In March 2018, the DI unit completed a new online collection containing 201 objects from the Iowa State Football Program Collection. Football has been played at Iowa State University (formerly known as the Iowa State Agricultural College) since the 1870s, initially on an intramural level. Iowa State University held its first organized football game against…

Darwin Core Part 1: Intro.

 Darwin Core  I am charged with creating the records in Darwin Core a metadata implementation for the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union rare bird sighting forms. This is an introductory post into how I describe them as scientific data that also facilitates web access and interoperability across systems and institutions. The documentation forms contain species sighting data…

Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence

Calling undergrads! Curious about digital work in academic libraries? Don’t miss out on the chance to apply for this grant-funded program. The deadline is April 12th. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program designed to introduce undergraduate students from historically underrepresented ethnic…

Celebrating Women’s History Month With Iowa’s Bird Lady: Gladys Black

Iowa has been home to many influential ornithologists over the years; however, Gladys Black may just be one of the most well known. Born in 1909 in Pleasantville, Iowa she grew up fascinated by birds. Her mother, Jerusha Bowery, encouraged her to learn and explore the world around her. Feeding her curiosity, she helped her daughter…

Motherhood realness in 1850s Iowa

I will give you the “youngest” for a birthday present if you will come for her. “I’m not joking,” I get better very slowly. So begins Sarah Underwood’s letter to her sister Ann two weeks after giving birth to Mary Lillian Underwood. Sarah was 30 years old and had been living in Iowa for about…

Digital Initiatives survey

Digital Initiatives is currently running a survey to get a better idea of what people are looking for when they visit our pages. It’s only two questions, so it won’t take much time. Your help is much appreciated! Take the survey here: DI website survey  

Study Time

Happy Dead Week from the DSI staff. Hang in there!

Adding Footnotes to Drupal pages

Over on the Special Collections and University Archives blog, Cardinal Tales, Laura Sullivan posts that for the past several months, we have been working on the layout and design of the digital exhibit, “A More Beautiful Iowa: Iowa’s State Park System.” For this project, as Laura mentioned, we decided to up the game a bit and…