Present: Kay Domine (W&M), Nancy Marshall (VIVA Steering Commitee liaison), Gail McMillan (VPI&SU), Ned Berkeley (UVA), John Kneebone (LVA), Betsy Pittman (VCU). Absent: Paul Koda (GMU).
Suggestions were also made for additional links and text. In addition, it was decided that all materials mounted under this initiative would include information on the last update and the URL of the document so the information would print out when downloaded.
Those individuals who have not provided samples of their logo are reminded to get this information to Gail ASAP. (Revisions now an option from the current page for review.)
$100,000 per year has been earmarked for Special Collections projects. VIVA institutions will have to apply for the money to cover each project. Steering Committee will review the proposals for funds which can cover staff, hardware or software. Nancy suggested the committee develop proposals to have ready when the money is available. Projects that are not institution specific and could include other public institutions of higher education are encouraged. The committee discussed the feasibility of projects that follow a chronological or regional approach as well as materials that would support the 400th anniversary in 2007. The problems of copyright and access were discussed. It was suggested that now may be a good time to send out the "Dear Colleague" letter drafted last spring. The letter will be sent to high school, community college, college and university history professors in the Commonwealth and will request assistance in evaluating materials to be made available electronically. (What would the teachers like to see, in what form, what can the schools access, what supports the curricula?) Draft of the letter is attached for the committee's review and comment.
Project proposals and comments on the letter will be discussed at the Janaury 11th meeting.
The next meeting of the Special Collections Committee will be January 11, 1996 at 10:30 at UVA. Please check your calendars now!
Betsy Pittman, chair
Dear Colleague: The six doctoral institutions of the Commonwealth, supported by SCHEV, have established a cooperative project to digitize the unique documents entrusted to their care. As the custodians of these historical materials we are requesting your suggestions in planning the outcome of the project. We envision that in the near future, most educational institutions will have Internet access with its accompanying spectrum of resources. What primary source materials, if made available electronically, would best support your curriculum and educational goals? If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the VIVA committee members listed below. Comments sent through the U.S. mail should be addressed to Betsy Pittman, Chair VIVA SCC, P.O. Box 842033, VCU, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2033. Thank you for your contribution to this important project. For an example of the materials already available see the VIVA Special Collections homepage at http://spec.lib.vt.edu/viva/viv.htm. Sincerely,
|Edmund Berkeley, UVA||[email@example.com]|
|Kay Domine, W&M||[firstname.lastname@example.org]|
|Paul Koda, GMU||[email@example.com]|
|Gail MacMillan, VPI&SU||[firstname.lastname@example.org]|
|Nancy Marshall, Steering Committee liaison||[email@example.com]|
|Betsy Pittman, VCU||[firstname.lastname@example.org]|