Thursday, July 8, 2010

Digitization efforts at the artillery library at Fort Sill

Army.mil has a great article in their news section about Fort Sill's digitization efforts! Fort Sill's Morris Swett Technical Library, at the Artillery School is part of the consortium of libraries hosting material with the Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library. Our friends at Fort Sill are working to preserve fragile and difficult-to-access materials from before the Revolutionary War and up through the Vietnam war.

One fascinating book they've been working with is War Department document No. 582, "Notes for Infantry officers on Trench Warfare," which gives an officer's personal experiences and advice on hygiene topics such as head lice, roaches and vermin. It's a great, specific-interest historic document that's now available all over the world, for free.

From the article: 
"Notes for Infantry Officers on Trench Warfare" is one of the books that has been digitized and made available by the Morris Swett Technical Library the Army's artillery school library. Staff members at the library are currently digitizing 1 million pages of historical coast, field and air defense artillery documents as well as historic Fort Sill documents and putting them online. 

Top digitization priorities include items they feel will be in highest demand, and those which are too fragile to be handled by researchers. Putting them online makes them available 24-7 to researchers and curious souls around the world, without the need for white gloves, long traveling times, or an appointment.


To read the full article, be sure to visit:
http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/06/24/41341-artillery-library-digitizing-documents/

A tip of the hat to our friends at Fort Sill! We're glad their preservation and access efforts are being acknowledged, promoted and shared!

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