Mann Library at Cornell University proposes a two-year project to digitize
the core historical literature of home economics (CHLHE). This literature will
be identified through bibliographic analysis by librarians at Cornell and other
land-grant libraries; then ranked by scholars in the field to determine the
importance of individual titles. This method has proven successful in the large
project conducted at Cornell to identify and preserve the Core Historical
Literature of Agriculture (Olsen, 1991-1996). The work to identify and rank the
literature of home economics is underway and will be funded separately.
In the course of this project Cornell will:
- Begin the work of preserving an irreplaceable record of American social
and family life.
- Create a digital library of 1500 volumes of the most highly ranked
material from each of the sub-disciplines that make up the field of home
- Explore the integration of the CHLHE digital library with our online
catalog. Our goal is to avoid the typical duplication of bibliographic
records (metadata) in both catalog and digital library system.
- Explore the interoperability of the CHLHE digital library with existing
digital repositories such as the Making of American (MOA).
- Implement from the beginning of a project the guidelines and
recommendations of the current Cornell IMLS-funded project, "Preserving
Cornell's Digital Image Collections: Implementing an Archiving Strategy."
Define a set of model workflows for economically and consistently capturing
descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata for access and
preservation of digital image materials.
Modeled on the successful collaboration that has occurred within the
agricultural segment, this project lays the groundwork for an ongoing
preservation effort in the land-grant community of home economics schools and
libraries. Consumer and Family Studies librarians throughout the country have
agreed to join our efforts to build the digital library for the history of home
economics, once it is underway. The resulting digital archive will provide a
new, widely accessible resource for scholars in the fields of consumer and
family studies, women's history, and American social history.