July 25, 2014
Smathers Libraries’ digital presence has grown exponentially since the 1990s, when UF librarians began digitizing photographs, rare books, and archival documents. In 2006, Smathers Libraries founded the UF Digital Collections, which include materials from campus libraries and universities, museums, and archives around the world.
Today, the UF Digital Collections include over 394,000 items comprised of more than 30 million files. The UFDC provides a wealth of materials to institutions worldwide, and the partnership between Smathers Libraries and the UF Research Computing department is vital for continued growth, says Laurie Taylor, Smathers’ digital scholarship librarian.
“With the UF Digital Collections, HiPerGator, and campuswide-and-beyond improvements in bandwidth, the UF Smathers Libraries and UF Research Computing have reached critical mass. We are now working towards future growth, to build upon these accomplishments.”
There are big plans in the works for UFDC expansion. As the need for socio-technical resources grows, Smathers Libraries and Research Computing will create online exhibits, foster collaboration among different fields, and bring high-level research to undergraduates as part of their coursework.
Anyone is welcome to browse the UF Digital Collections and watch Florida history, scientific collections, and cultural records from around the globe come alive. For more information please contact the UFDC.