“Deeply Rooted” Shared Digital Collection

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ASERL and the Digital Public Library of America have partnered to develop “Deeply Rooted,” a shared digital collection of primary source research materials describing economic, technological, and social factors significant to the development of agricultural practices, crops, technology, and agrarian life in the southeastern United States.  This is ASERL’s second shared digital collect; our first such effort is the “Civil War and the American South” collection, hosted for ASERL by the Digital Library of Georgia.

Deeply Rooted builds upon the work Mississippi State University Libraries began with their Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi (CHARM).  Many of the items in Deeply Rooted are available online for the first time outside their original archives.  ASERL seeks to build this collection over time, using DPLA as our primary discovery platform.  We welcome contributions of content from other sources.

How ASERL Members Can Participate in this Project

We welcome your contributions to this shared collection:

  1. First, identify the digital collections you wish to contribute.  See the “primary source research materials …” statement above for the scope of the project.  The scope is intentionally broad to allow as many ASERL libraries as possible to participate.
  2. Please ensure your collections’ metadata conforms to Deeply Rooted metadata specifications — see http://lib.msstate.edu/deeplyrooted
  3. When your collections are ready, there are several ways you can submit them to Deeply Rooted:
    1. If your state has a DPLA Service Hub: Ask your Service Hub harvest your metadata as usual.   We have conferred with each DPLA Hub in the region; they are aware of this project and your incoming contributions.
    2. If your state does not have a DPLA Service Hub:  Submit your materials through Mississippi State University Libraries, either via OAI harvest or spreadsheet — see http://lib.msstate.edu/deeplyrooted#contribute for instructions.

IMPORTANT:  **Be sure that each item you want to contribute to Deeply Rooted has a dc.relation field with the value “Deeply Rooted”; this will allow us to aggregate your items into the shared collection.**

Please contact John Burger (jburger@aserl.org) or Julie Shedd (jshedd@library.msstate.edu).