March 5, 2018
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State Library of Oregon Announces Grant Project of the Year
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Staff from Oregon State University Libraries and the Oregon Historical Society Research Library were honored at an event on February 22 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland for their collaborative project “Reuniting Finley and Bohlman.”
Following a recommendation by the State Library of Oregon’s LSTA Advisory Council, the State Library Board recently voted unanimously to award “Reuniting Finley and Bohlman” the LSTA Project of the Year for fiscal year 2016.
Through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant, funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library of Oregon, the Oregon Historical Society worked with the Special Collections and Archives Research Center of Oregon State University Libraries to digitize, preserve and present unique materials and photographs from more than 50 years by influential conservationists and photographers William L. Finley, Irene Barnhart Finley, and Herman T. Bohlman.
This collaboration demonstrates how institutions holding related collections partnered to present unified digital access to resources at http://oregondigital.org/sets/finley-bohlman. Using materials in the newly digitized collections, the project also produced a series of public programs about the lasting work of the Finleys and Bohlman that was presented to audiences throughout Oregon.
“Reuniting Finley and Bohlman” was chosen as an exemplary project because it also widened a public understanding of Oregon’s history of natural conservation.
“This award is special because it exemplifies the power of collaborative projects,” stated Larry Landis, director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at OSU Libraries, “and collaboration has been a core value of the OSU Libraries and Press for several years.”