Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Website of the Week

Chula Vista Post Office
Talk about snail mail...circa 1924. Photo courtesy Calisphere.

Calisphere, a project of the University of California Libraries, is an open source platform that allows digital collections from California's public and academic libraries, archives, and museums to be shared. Collections that have used products such as Omeka, Content DM, or Archivists' Toolkit for data management, can "dump" the data into Calisphere to make collections easier to browse and search. 

Calisphere organizes the information into collections that include images, documents, letters, artwork, diaries, videos and audio recordings...and is a great place to search for primary sources.  There are currently over 4000,000 images, texts and recordings available, and the collection continues to grow. 

A list of contributing institutions is included, and collections can be searched by title or theme.  Once you search for a particular institution's collection, you can refine your search within the collection by title/keyword, type of item, and even decade.

Happy searching!

Review by Tanya Carr, SWC Librarian

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