New Version of Idaho Waters Digital Library Increases Resources, Search Options

Tuesday, April 9 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Library’s Digital Initiatives department is pleased to announce the release of the new and improved Idaho Waters Digital Library.

The Idaho Waters Digital Library provides access to information about water issues in key Idaho river basins with particular emphasis on the Coeur d’Alene and Boise Basins. The collection presently emphasizes Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) reports and publications from 1958 to 2012.

The project was initiated in 2008 by Jodi Haire, electronic resources and serials coordinator, as the basis for her master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho.

“The Idaho Waters Digital Library was the first digital collection ever published by the University of Idaho Library,” said Devin Becker, digital initiatives librarian. “With the addition of new search features and documents, we can now offer the people of Idaho and the region enhanced access to current and historical water research.”

The collection was selected for inclusion in the Western Waters Digital Library, which provides access to “digital collections of significant primary and secondary resources on water in the Western United States.”

The redesigned Idaho Waters Digital Library includes Haire’s initial work, as well as more than 400 new documents that were digitized, described and uploaded using funds from a United States Geological Survey grant administered by IWRRI.

The collection will be updated on a rolling basis with the hope that it will include a complete run of IWRRI documents by the year 2015. Questions and comments may be directed to Devin Becker at dbecker@uidaho.edu.

The University of Idaho Library’s Digital Initiatives department works to preserve, create and make accessible collections from the library, the University of Idaho and the state of Idaho via its digitization database and digital archiving services.
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