Settling into a new Digital Library

In mid-July, we successfully migrated DigiNole, the home of our digital library and research repository (over 30TB of data!) to a new digital platform. While it’s still on the same software, we were able to give the whole site a fresh new look and, hopefully, improve the speed and searchability of the entire site.

We were also able to start loading new materials into the digital library after the migration was complete – a process we needed to put on hold in the spring so the migration could move forward. It meant when we launched the new DigiNole, we had a lot of new materials available. We are especially excited for our new collection, Civil and Human Rights Materials, which gathers together materials from multiple digital collections to highlight documents, photographs, and more that illustrate the struggles around civil and human rights in Tallahassee and beyond.

We’ve also been working with our partners at the Ringling Archives during the migration and are excited to highlight a large collection of films digitized and shared through DigiNole. The Tibbals Circus Collection of Buster Bailey Films was digitized using a CLIR Recordings at Risk grant with funding from the Mellon Foundation. It has some fascinating footage of life with the circus from the 1940s through the 1980s, with the majority of the film being in the 1960s and 1970s.

We continue to add new materials to the digital library often, either from ongoing digitization projects or to meet remote patron needs. We recently digitized our Gutenberg Bible leaf for use by remote researchers and virtual classrooms. You can request digitization of materials, if you’re at a distance, using this form.

Lastly, a new site meant some new searching tips so we updated our search tutorial for the Digital Library to help you learn how to best search and browse the digital collections.

We encourage you to browse and enjoy the new and improved DigiNole!

Published by Krystal Thomas

Digital Archivist at Florida State University

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