ISU Library's digital memory project earns state recognition

April 10 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, an innovative digital memory project spearheaded by Indiana State University, has been recognized with the Indiana Library Federation?s 2006 Collaboration Award.

The award recognizes a corporation, organization, individual library or group of libraries that have made a significant contribution in promoting library services in a community, region or a statewide level. It will be presented at the Indianapolis Convention Center April 12 during the Federation's awards banquet.

Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, established in April 2004 and publicly unveiled in October 2005, is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the rich history of West Central Indiana. The digital collection, currently housing 21,000 items, contains artifacts, administrative and personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, yearbooks, maps, texts, oral histories and other audio and video files.

A collaborative effort involving the Wabash Valley's libraries, museums, cultural organizations and community groups, the region's history can be accessed via the internet at .

Founding partners of this project include Billie Creek Village (Rockville), Clabber Girl Museum (Terre Haute), Clinton Public Library (Clinton), Eugene V. Debs Museum (Terre Haute), ISU Archives, ISU Communications & Marketing, ISU Cunningham Memorial Library, Knox County Public Library (Vincennes), the Native American Museum (Terre Haute), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, the Sisters of Providence (St. Mary-of-the-Woods), Sullivan County Historical Society (Sullivan), Sullivan County Public Library (Sullivan), Vigo County Historical Society (Terre Haute), and Vigo County Public Library (Terre Haute). In addition there are community collections that incorporate material contributed by individuals.

Myrna McCallister, dean of ISU's Cunningham Memorial Library, said, "Although the ISU Library provides the resources and staff, this project would not be possible without the resources provided by each partner. I believe that this project is a wonderful example of cooperation among local cultural institutions."

One of the most recent partners to join the project is the City of Terre Haute. "I think that it is our time and place to create memories for young people," said Mayor Kevin Burke

The "Visions Project" is based at the ISU Library, which provides the collection management software, the server space and specialized staff members who assist in the digitization of material and who create the descriptive information.

Karen Walker, Director of the Clinton Public Library said, "The opportunity to partner with the ISU Library means that our small library is able, at minimal expense, to preserve a unique collection of local resources and make them available to students of Indiana history. In so doing, we are promoting our library's collection as well as the rich history of the Clinton community."

The project also serves as a Resource Partner for Indiana Humanities Council's smartDESKTOP Initiative, to provide digital assets in support of K-12 instruction.

The Vigo County Historical Society Museum, recognized for its History Living program, which it presents to all third, fourth and fifth grade students in Vigo County, is one of the project's most active partners and is enthusiastic about its participation.

"Visions and Voices allows us to further our mission by sharing the rich history of Vigo County with a greater audience. The collaboration with the Indiana Humanities Council through its outreach program for teachers and students insures all of us an even wider exposure for this vast collection of information and images," said Marylee Hagan, executive director of the Museum. For more information about Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, contact Cinda May, Cunningham Memorial Library, at (812) 237-2534 or e-mail .

Contact: Cinda May, Cunningham Memorial Library, (812) 237-2534

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783,

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Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, a digital memory project, has been recognized with the Indiana Library Federation's 2006 Collaboration Award.

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