Digitizing the Collection


This project was made possible through  funding from the Nevada State Library and Archives under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), P.L. 108-91, as amended, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that grows and sustains a “Nation of Learners,” because lifelong learning is critical to success.
The selection of the material was performed by Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections; Glenn Nowak,  Faculty Member in the UNLV School of Architecture; and Aaron McArthur, Project Archivist.
Depending on size and condition, materials were scanned using one of four methods:
1. Photographs and small documents were scanned on either an Epson Expression 10000X scanner (using EPSON Scan Ver. 2.94A scanning software), an Epson GT1550, or an Epson GT20000
2. Oversized presentation portfolios and design sketches were scanned on a Zeutschel scanner using Omniscan software. 
3. Architectural drawings scanned in-house were scanned using a Contex Magnum XL 54" Wide Format Scanner.
4. Grant funding was used to send a set of architectural drawings to Backstage Library Works where they were photographed in panels (most 2-panels) and automatically stitched together with these master files provided to UNLV.
The high-resolution (300-600 dpi) uncompressed TIFF image files were then converted into the JPEG2000 format. In the case of documents, Abbyy Finereader optical character recognition software was used to create text files and the transcripts and images were compiled into PDF/A files for full text search and online display. Master images (high-resolution TIFF files) are archived in the Web and Digitization Unit of the Libraries.
To increase successful resource discovery, research was done to create metadata providing a variety of access points. Users can search the collection by keyword or through relevant data elements such as: “Creator (Architect),” “Date”, “Site Name (Hotel)”, “Type of Site”, “Component of Site” (swimming pools, towers, casino floors, etc.), “Site Address”, “Contributors” (including delineators, engineers, contractors, etc.)”, of “Drawing Content” (such as line drawings, scale drawings, interior elevations, etc.). 
Dublin Core metadata was created for each item and terms were chosen by using controlled vocabulary from the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, Library of Congress' Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I, the LC Name Authority File, and the Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST).  
Peter Michel provided narrative structure for the website and contributed text and scholarly content for each of the subject pages. 
Technical Notes
The images and metadata for this collection are powered by the CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. Two open source software products developed at UNLV are in use with this collection. Images are viewed using dmMonocle, a viewer developed for high resolution digital collection images. The interface of the collection uses the dmBridge templating system developed to create robust and feature rich contextual websites for CONTENTdm collections.  The site also uses the Drupal open source content management system. 
Project Team
John Fox, Information Systems Specialist
Kee Choi, Head of Web and Application Development Services
Casey Grzecka, Web & Digitization Application Developer
Amy Hunsaker, Metadata Specialist
Cory Lampert, Head of Digital Collections
Aaron McArthur, Project Archivist (grant-funded)
Claudia Melton, Digital Collections Intern (grant-funded)
John Murphy, Web Designer
Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections
Heela Naqshband, Digital Collections Intern (grant-funded)
Glenn Nowak, Assistant Professor, UNLV School of Architecture
Annie Sattler, Digitization Technician/Metadata
Silvia Southwick, Digital Collections Metadata Librarian
Caroline Smith, Head Architecture Studies Library
Jason Vaughan, Director of Library Technologies
Michael Yunkin, Web Content Manager/Usability Specialist


Not to be reproduced without permission. To purchase copies of images and/or for copyright information, contact University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries, Special Collections. Dreaming the Skyline is published by University of Nevada Las Vegas, University Libraries, June 2011.
For more information or to access original materials and reproductions please contact UNLV Libraries Special Collections at (702) 895-2234. For comments about the website or digitization process please contact Cory Lampert (702) 895-2209. We welcome comments and suggestions regarding this digital collection.
E-mail: wds@unlv.edu
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