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Digital Services

The LSU Libraries Special Collections division began digitization efforts in 1991. Efforts are both project-driven and programmatic. Special Collections seeks to serve the research and teaching needs of faculty, the research and learning needs of students, and the research needs of the larger user community, which ranges from genealogists and novelists through historians, economists, and environmentalists. Internationally, historians of the American South and the international Francophone community are major constituencies.

Our collection development policies for materials in traditional formats strongly influence both our projects and our programmatic digitization efforts. Our goal is to grow digital collections that will enhance access to our artifactual collections and extend their utility by offering new tools for discovery and use.

We also emphasize collaboration with faculty and students, encouraging their participation in creating resources and tools that will be of immediate as well as long-term use. Students, in particular, benefit from the hands-on experience with digitization, which will serve them well regardless of their future career plans.

Our vision:

Important functional goals include:

The Libraries' digital collections are presented in CONTENTdm software through the Louisiana Digital Library, a statewide repository of digital collections hosted by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. LSU is the largest contributor to the Louisiana Digital Library, with more than 30 collections.