Collection Additions: John Vincent Atanasoff

In May of 2018 work was completed to add materials to the John Vincent Atanasoff digital collection. The additional items include materials documenting his work on the Atanasoff–Berry Computer (ABC) (primarily correspondence and photographs which weren’t online previously), as well as a selection of his notes and draft materials relating to his invention ideas beyond the ABC. …

Thank you, Jake!

Jacob Thompson, our student assistant for the past three years, graduated from Iowa State University last week. Today is his last day on the job. In this blog post, he reflects on his three years with Digital Scholarship and Initiatives, where he’s had opportunities to work with the Digital Press and the Digital Repository.

Congratulations Harrison!

Our own Harrison Inefuku has just been recognized nationally for his contributions to the archival profession! Harrison is this year’s Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award recipient. This award recognizes early-career archivists who have made substantial contributions beyond their own institution, demonstrated leadership in the profession, and who have been proponents of outreach and advocacy…

Project Launch: Ada Hayden Online Exhibit & Digital Collection

May 29th of this year marks 100 years after Ada Hayden graduated as the first woman to receive a PhD from Iowa State. Who was Ada Hayden?  She was a botanist, educator, ISU faculty member, ISU alumna, ecologist, illustrator, photographer, and, as she may be best known for: staunch advocate for prairie preservation. The list…

Project Launch: Sarah Underwood digital collection

The newly digitized Sarah Underwood papers are now available online through our Iowa Connections page.  As Kim Anderson described in a previous blog post which focused on Underwood’s experiences with being a new mother, her papers are a revealing window into the life of a mid-19th century woman living in eastern Iowa. Primarily containing Underwood’s…

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…