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July 8, 2010

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A new scholarly digitization fund promises to resolve the problem of capturing and storing current university research as well as 'grey literature'—those old reports, photos and original source files languishing in boxes and on shelves around campus that may have some value to the public.

The new fund will help cover the costs of placing raw computer data, original source materials, reports, lab notes, logbooks, old photos and more into the library’s information repository.

Don Taylor, assistant head of the library’s access services, is responsible for the repository. He says up to $5,000 is available for any given project to scan and catalogue documents, which will be available online and indexed by Google.

John Welch, Canada Research Chair in indigenous heritage stewardship, has already submitted a proposal to digitize and store 25,000 pages of land and resource management records relating to the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona. The records are of interest to SFU scholars but also to others studying native land claims issues in B.C. Anyone in the SFU community can apply for money from the digitization fund: www.lib.sfu.ca/collections/digitization-fund.

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