Date: August 18, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
The NMSU Library was recently awarded two grants that will fund electronic information projects.
University Archivist Martha Andrews received $5,267.50 from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board for a project that will digitize archival copies of NMSU’s student newspaper, The Round Up.
Additional funding for the project was provided by Associated Students of NMSU and private donors. Large gifts were given by Kevin and Barbara Barry and Don West.
Andrews said that the project will make old issues of The Round Up more accessible to library users. Previously, the archival issues were in such fragile condition that their use had to be curtailed.
Acquisitions Librarian Tracey Thompson was awarded an AMIGOS Fellowship for $3,500 from AMIGOS Library Services. The project, co-directed by Jenna Kammer of the Townsend Library at NMSU-Alamogordo, will build a virtual Aggieland Information Commons on NMSU’s Aggie Island in Second Life.
The Aggieland Information Commons will create a space that extends beyond the traditional library model. It will contain areas in which students, professors and librarians can share intellectual space and work together despite physical distance. The project allows all five NMSU campus libraries to collaborate and promote services to a wider audience.
For more information, contact Andrews at (575) 646-5028 and Thompson at (575) 646-8093.