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Meet the Waterloo Digital Library

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Just over two years ago I started in a newly created position as Digital Archivist. It took some time to figure out where my expertise would be best directed, but one task that was clear from the start was that Special Collections & Archives needed a way to selectively share our digitized primary resources.

Readers, I’m delighted to share that we have a solution to that problem and its name is the Waterloo Digital Library (WDL).

What I did on your summer vacation

Since I started back in February, I have been working on a variety of projects to improve online access to our holdings. Beyond answering research requests and providing digital project(s) support to my colleagues, a lot of my energy is focused on cleaning up and improving descriptive records. The work is important because it impacts how easily we can find material that supports specific research areas and how efficiently we can migrate the related information to different platforms.

Hi, I’m new here

My name is Danielle.  I started work as Digital Archivist with Special Collections & Archives on February 1st. Part of my role will be thinking through how to share digitized selections from our holdings online. It’s going to take some time, but the upside for you is being able to enjoy the results from the comfort of your home, couch, bed, wherever – it’s completely your call!

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Special Collections & Archives now has limited access to the rare book and archival collections. Please continue to contact us with your research requests but note that there will be a delay in resolving your inquiry. Note that the department remains closed and our materials are not available in person and the Reading Room is closed until further notice.

A selection of items is browsable via the Waterloo Digital Library. We also have over 140,000 items digitized—one might be what you’re looking for.

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