Library debuts digital media site
From the deepening
enigma of the egg nebula to photos of RIT freshmen in 1938, RIT’s
Wallace Library offers an array of digital media in its new Digital
Created by library
staff, the Digital Media Library uses technology developed by
MIT, tweaked to RIT’s needs. It holds documents, images,
video and audio covering the vast range of RIT knowledge and research
and makes this information available to the world via the Internet.
“The RIT Digital
Media Library is a tool that will support RIT’s scholarship,
research and teaching,” says Chandra McKenzie, library director.
The Digital Media Library
was created as a single place where digital media could be made
available. The library staff surveyed the RIT community and found
80 percent of the faculty were extremely interested in accessing
and contributing to a digital archive containing the academic
and artistic output of the RIT community.
Web site makes RIT research materials available online.
Here’s how it
works: Each college or administrative department/division can
establish a “community” in the Digital Media Library.
Through one appointed administrator, the community controls the
content submitted to the virtual library. Content can be made
available to the public or restricted to particular constituencies.
At this time, content
is limited, but it is expected that this virtual library will
become an important resource as more material is added, The material
can be accessed at http://ritdml.rit.edu.