Sunday, June 13, 2010

USU Library Involved in New Digital Collection

Utah State University and Design Workshop, Inc., a leading international landscape architecture firm, have partnered to create the Design Workshop Landscape Architecture Archive and Digital Collection. The archive is a collaborative effort between Design Workshop, USU’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Merrill-Cazier Library’s Special Collections and Archives and the library’s Digital Initiatives Department.

The archive features a collection of projects that highlights the firm’s Legacy Design philosophy, which focuses on an equal balance of four key elements: environment, community, economics and art. Merrill-Cazier Library will add a new landscape architecture digital collection to its Digital Library and partner with LAEP to develop learning objects for students.

Assisting the project is Cheryl Walters, digital initiatives department head at Merrill-Cazier Library. “There really is no archive or digital library in the country that is tackling landscape architectural records in the way we propose,” said Walters. “We feel this is truly new territory, and we are very excited about the project.”

The project will become a new collection in the Utah Academic Library Consortium's Mountain West Digital Library.