Tutt Library was a key partner in the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Plains to Peak Collective. The DPLA website (dp.la) is a free portal that allows visitors to discover over 21 million unique items from across the United States. The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of DPLA, is a platform for libraries, archives, historical societies and museums across the region to share their unique digital collections with a worldwide audience of researchers, genealogists, students, teachers and history buffs.
Colorado College’s Special Collections contributed digital versions of hundreds of early photographs of Southwestern Indian people and pueblos, hundreds of audiorecordings of Spanish New Mexican folk music from the mid-20th century, and the full contents of the Colorado Springs Century Chest time capsule of 1901. We shared over 9,000 items with the Plain to Peak Collective, making us the largest contributor to date.
Jeremy Nelson, Metadata/Systems Librarian at Tutt Library, was one of the lead technical developers, helping to create a simple, open-source aggregator tool for a range of institutions with varying levels of technical expertise to easily upload descriptive information about their unique collections. Starting July 16th, Jeremy will join Stanford University as Digital Library Software Engineer. He did much to advance digital initiatives in his 8 years at Colorado College (and he is utterly irreplaceable!), but we look forward to building on the strong foundation and partnerships he helped establish to continue to be a regional and national leader in digital library development.
Read more about the Plains to Peak Collective and inaugural collection at:
Explore the materials contributed by Colorado College: https://dp.la/search?partner=%22Plains%20to%20Peaks%20Collective%22&provider=%22Colorado%20College%22&page=1