THE MODERN LIBRARY: DIGITIZING HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS AND FIELD RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
As UNAVCO Geo-Launchpad interns we contributed to the USGS Library’s digitization goals by digitizing four collections from USGS scientists: E.C. La Rue, J.O. Kilmartin, D.L. Peck, and W. G. Hoyt. Altogether we scanned 169 photographs, 4 field notebooks, 14 maps, and numerous miscellaneous field records. These scans were then uploaded to a USGS trusted repository platform, ScienceBase. Once uploaded metadata information was applied including: title, photographer or scientist, date, geospatial footprint. If the item was mentioned in a USGS publication, links were added to the USGS Publications Warehouse. This digitized information is used to support scientific projects like repeat photography. Repeat photography is a powerful visual tool that can show such changes as riparian vegetation or document changes in sediment to communicate to various stakeholders and the general public. By digitizing these historic photographs and scientific field records, and linking them to related information resources and publications, an integrated resource of information is created. This resource is available for anyone in the world to use to further their knowledge for scientific discovery.