On top of the 11,500 books that were added in 2013 to the Gerald R. Sherratt Library’s printed or digital collections, it recently added an additional 813,000 digital resources with its recent inducement into the Mountain West Digital Library, part of the Digital Public Library of America.
The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) began in 2001 as a portal to digital resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, archives and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii.
MWDL has inducted Southern Utah University to it’s already immense collection providing free access to rare digital archives of noteworthy photos, antiqued newspapers, primitive maps within universities, museums, state organizations, historical societies and cultural centers across the western United States.
“This connection further allows students, faculty, staff and community members access to records and information that were unattainable without immense funds or resources,” said John Eye, dean of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library.
This partnership with MWDL will benefit everyone within Iron County, explained Paula Mitchell, University archivist. She continued, “This will help the student with his research paper, the genealogists with her family tree and really anybody wanting to find out more information about what happened on a particular day in a particular place.”
Items added by SUU were a vast amount of photos spanning from now till the birth of Iron County to scholarly dissertations and even college catalogs when SUU was first founded.
The Mountain West Digital Library is a program of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, as part of its goal to improve the availability and delivery of library and information services.