July 12, 2010
A partnership of five academic research libraries led by Colorado State University and including Brigham Young University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Utah, and Washington State University, has just concluded a three-year project, "The Foundations of Western Water Policy," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, or NEH.
Arrowrock Dam on the Boise River in Idaho.
The purpose of the project was to add content to Western Waters Digital Library, a website that provides free public access to information resources regarding water issues in the Western United States.
“Water concerns have dominated the Western states for over a century, and as populations increase and we face the uncertain outcomes of climate change, pressures on the West’s fragile water supply will only increase,” said Kenning Arlitsch, associate director for Information Technology Services at the University of Utah, Marriott Library.
“The WWDL provides data and information resources that can guide future planning and policy.”
These resources, which cover a wide range of topics and include items such as government reports, legal transcripts, personal papers, photographs and audio/visual materials, are held by a geographically dispersed partnership of major Western universities.
WWDL began as a collaborative regional partnership undertaken by 12 academic research libraries from eight Western states under auspice of the Greater Western Library Alliance. Initial funding for WWDL was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Since its inception in 2004, WWDL has expanded to include water-related materials for 25 archival holding institutions including:
For more information about WWDL or to access its collections, go to www.westernwaters.org. Institutions interested in contributing water-related materials to WWDL should contact James Dildine, Digital Collections Program officer for GWLA, at email@example.com.
Contact: Jennifer Dimas
Phone: (970) 491-1543