The Digital Library Program takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to digitization: balancing the educational and research needs of the community, the instructional, institutional and preservation goals of the library, and embodying the spirit and mindfulness of Jesuit tradition. What exactly is digitization? It is the creation of replica copies of material through technological means using scanners, cameras and computers. We are creating virtual copies of library materials. These virtual copies are accessible at anytime, they are searchable, and they are organized in a structured manner.
Digital collections are rapidly becoming an integral facet of librarianship around the globe. In establishing the Digital Library Program, Loyola Marymount University is showing its continued support for active scholarship by creating new venues and access points for learning. Digitization is a value-added way of making library collections and materials available not just to the LMU community but to researchers around the world, around the clock.
For more information, please email the Digital Library Program.
Documentation and Best Practices: The digital objects that are part of the Loyola Marymount University’s Digital Library are to be open, accessible, searchable, and of high quality. As digitization standards are ever-changing, it is the responsibility of the digital library staff to keep current with industry standards and best practices. The LMU Digital Library Program follows and adheres to all of the standards set forth by the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting Version 2.0 (OAI-PMH v2). Specifically, our CONTENTdm Server acts as an OAI-PMH repository and as such can field requests from an OAI-PMH harvester to make the metadata available for stored items. For more information on OAI-PMH, visit www.openarchives.org . Documentation for best practices in the areas of both digitization and metadata creation will be constantly evaluated, changed and updated to keep up with changes in the industry.
Please click on the links below to access the current documentation from the Loyola Marymount University Digital Library Program:
Digitization Best Practices Metadata Best Practices File naming guidelines for Digital Objects
Conditions of Use
While we encourage our users to share and explore our digital collections, some materials in these collections may be protected by U.S. Copyright Law ( Title 17, U.S.C. ). The reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of copyright ownership or licensing agreements. Other materials in the LMU Digital Library Program are in the public domain, and are not protected by copyright law. Whenever possible, we have provide information about copyright status and copyright owners in the metadata for the digital object, as well as the finding aids and other texts that accompany collections. For more information, please read our Copyright and Reproduction Policy.
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