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Wyoming Digitization Initiative
Overview and Chronology

1998-2001
Wyoming Libraries participated in various meetings on digitization

  • Western Council of State Libraries Denver, September 1998
  • Colorado Digitization Project Boulder, October 1999
  • Western North American Digitization Initiative ALA, January 2000
  • Western Region Digitization Initiative Meeting Denver, February 2000
  • Web-Wise March 2000
  • Multi-state digitization meeting October 2000
  • Western Digitization Initiative January 2001
      At this meeting, attended by representatives from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, we started planning for a multi-state project and applying for a IMLS grant.

2001-2003
Western Trails Project

  • Western Digitization Initiative February 2001-April 2001
  • IMLS Grant application prepared and submitted for "Western Trails: A Museum/Library Collaborative in Western States." CDP (Colorado Digitization Project) was the lead agency; participating states included Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.
  • Digitization Meeting Denver, June 2001
  • Western Trails Project awarded grant October 2001; project to occur from October 2001-September 2003
      One of the primary focuses of the IMLS grant was to test whether the Colorado model for statewide digitization could be applied to other states. We chose to work within one of our WYLD regions and determine whether the regional approach would work within other WYLD regions.
    Wyoming participants included:
  • American Heritage Center and the University of Wyoming Libraries
  • Wyoming State Historical Society
  • Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources (including the State Historic Preservation Office, State Archives, State Museum, State Archaeologist, Arts Council and State Parks)
  • Platte County Library and Platte County Museums including Chugwater Museum, Glendo Museum, Guernsey Visitor Center, and Laramie Peak Museum

    The projects were completed by December 2003 and final reports done by early 2004

2004-
Wyoming Statewide Digitization Initiative

  • Resource Sharing Council recommended that a statewide plan be developed for digitization. A committee was formed to begin working on the plan. February 2004
  • Statewide Digitization Planning Committee and Statewide Digitization Meeting August 2004
      The first day of this meeting included a discussion between committee members to determine how to develop a statewide plan for digitization. The second day was open to anyone in Wyoming interested in digitization. There were about 50 attendees representing archives, libraries, museums, public television and the general public.
  • Statewide Digitization Planning Committee November 2004
      The committee met again to review the draft plan and create working groups for various projects
  • Statewide Digitization Planning Committee May 2005

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