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…

From the Collections: Iowa Century Farms

New this year is the Iowa Farmstead digital collection. Consisting of 20 photogravures and lithographs from various 19th century publications, the collection shows what some of Iowa’s farms may have looked like over 150 years ago. At least some of the farms included in this collection were granted Century Farm status. Century Farms are those…

The Bomb Transcribe-a-thon Results!

On Wednesday, October 25th The Digital Initiatives Unit at Iowa State University  held the first “Bomb”  transcribe-a-thon. We had a total of 21 participating either locally or remotely.  In the four hours of the event, 630 pages were transcribed, way to go!! Thank you all for participating! If you would like to join in transcribing…

From the Collections: Agave parryi

Although the diary above shows a sketch of a plant titled “Agave Mescali (?)”, the real Agave parryi is named after the diary’s author, Charles C. Parry. Parry’s Agave in the Prescott National Forest, 1959. (Bluford W. Muir, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database)   Parry encountered the plant in the summer of 1850 near…

Join Us at the “Bomb” Transcribe-a-thon!

In 2016, the Iowa State University Library completed a six-year project to digitize an entire run of the campus yearbook, the Bomb. Comprised of nearly 45,000 pages, the digital versions are not easily searchable due to the wide variety of fonts and graphic elements used throughout the decades. Just look at the text from one page…

AvIAn Encounters – A Few Iowa Owl Sightings

From the Photo Files of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, these owl sighting photographs are part of a large collection of bird sighting records for the state of Iowa contributed by IOU members. Selections from the IOU Photo Files will appear as the profile pictures for many of the bird species included in the Avian Archives of Iowa Online.

AvIAn Encounters – The Iowa Ornithologists’ Union Collection

The Iowa Ornithologists’ Union (IOU), founded in 1923, is an organization dedicated to promoting the study and enjoyment of birds in Iowa. Made up of both professional ornithologists and amateur birders, the IOU unites people under their common interests of bird identification, study, and protection. The IOU also serves as a repository for Iowa bird…

From the Collections: Modeling Iowa State

This school year, Iowa State welcomes the arrival of 80 new faculty to campus in addition to our new admissions and transfer students. Last year, the Digital Initiatives Program added a collection of images taken by the Facilities Planning and Management. The digital collection highlights the labor that goes into making campus both safe and…

DSI welcomes new AvIAn team members!

A Welcome to Erin Anderson, our new AvIAn Project Coordinator, and Peter Sutton, our new AvIAn Metadata Associate. Erin and Peter joined the Digital Initiatives team in June to work on the Avian Archives of Iowa Online, a digitization project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation….

Project Launch: Hortense Butler Heywood Collection

In July of 2017, the Core Digital Team created an online collection containing  272 objects from the Hortense Butler Heywood Papers. The Core Digital Team is comprised of individuals from the Digital Initiatives unit, Special Collections, the Preservation Department and the Catalog and Metadata Department at Iowa State University. Hortense Butler Heywood, was born in Cherokee, Iowa…

From the Collections: Horsepower at Iowa State

In the early 1920s, Iowa State pioneered a new measurement of horsepower by inventing a machine that could measure the pulling strength of a team of horses. Earlier horse dynamometers measured only the force required to move a load, not the force required to start pulling a load. The device, “Iowa Dynamometer Car for Horses,”…

85 years of Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research

July 2017 marks the 85th anniversary of the Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (ICFWRU). The ICFWRU was created by Jay N. “Ding” Darling as commissioner of the Iowa Fish and Game Commission. Paul L. Errington was hired to establish and lead the initial cooperative unit. The ICFWRU preceded the national development of fish…