While a fair amount of emphasis has been placed in recent years on making Hawai’i land documents available online, less attention has been paid to digitizing materials that relate to one of the Islands’ most important (and sometimes contentious) resources: water. The Hawaiian Collection and the Library’s Desktop Networking Services (DNS) department recently received funding from the Greater Western Libraries Alliance (GWLA) to digitize important documents dealing with fresh water in the Islands. The below announcement is quoted directly from an e-mail circulated by Martha Chantiny, head of DNS:
In September 2010 the GWLA Board approved the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library Opportunity Fund request in the amount of $3600 to digitize Hawaii historical water materials.
We are pleased to announce that the first 33 titles processed via the grant are now available in our eVols digital collection repository:
Mahalo to Beth Tillinghast and Jodie Mattos, project coordinators; Karen Brown and Alice Kim, project assistants; Daniel Ishimitsu, Dspace programmer. Special thanks to GWLA for their financial support.