The UBC Library Digitization Centre embraces new technologies, methods of access, workflows and preservation strategies while building sustainable digital collections to support and enrich the educational, cultural and economic endeavors of the University, the people of British Columbia and communities beyond.
In support of the University’s teaching and learning, the Digitization Centre works in collaboration with UBC departments, UBC Library branches and other groups within the UBC community to build digital collections. These digital collection items also serve as a valuable tool for research when students and scholars cannot access the physical materials. In this blog post we will explore these collections.
|We partnered with UBC Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, formerly known as Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, to digitize over 380 epigraphic squeezes which are filter paper impressions of inscriptions, mainly from Athens and the surrounding area of Attica and Nemea from the 5th century BCE. A precise copy of the incised letters on the original is used in assignments and translation exercises that introduce students to the field of digital humanities.|
|Collaborating with the UBC Department of Asian Studies, Asian Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) and Technical Services, we digitize 115 books and 25 card sets relating to the poetry anthology Hyakunin Isshu 百人一首 (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, hereafter HNIS), and one set of print consisting of 17 woodcut sheets. This popular collection has received over 235,000 item views and the digital items are used in Japanese literature and poetry classes and seminars.|
|UBC Woodward Library and RBSC were our project partners for this collection. It contains over 900 manuscript letters from the Cariboo Gold Rush period (1862-1868), correspondence from merchants, telegrams, bills of exchange and other documents related to the Fisk Hotel in Silver City, California. These resources are used in Canadian History classes and as a topic for assignments.|