Current Projects

Washington County Heritage Online

Pacific University Library and the Washington County Museum have received a grant of $107,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create a digital library of historic photographs illustrating the vibrant history and development of the county.

The initial goal of Washington County Heritage Online is to make these historic images, physically housed in historical societies and libraries throughout the county, easily accessible to students, researchers and the public through a single unified online collection.

The cooperative effort is led by Pacific and the Washington County Museum and also involves public libraries and cultural heritage organizations throughout the county as additional partners.

The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, and administered by the Oregon State Library.

Ocular Disease Digital Collection

Since the late 1980s, the Pacific University College of Optometry has been building an extensive collection of retinal and corneal photographs used to study ocular disease. Optometry faculty use these images to create content for lectures or exams. Optometry students use these images for study or to create presentations for their Grand Rounds course. Both can use the image to enhance clinical teaching and improve patient care at any of the five public clinics operated by the College of Optometry.

Currently, these images are only available as 35mm slides that must be digitally scanned for each use. It is estimated that there are over 10,000 of these slides. Each set of slides represents a unique patient and diagnosis. The ocular diseases represented in the slides are important to teaching and study in the College of Optometry at Pacific University. This project will create a digital collection of these slides in a searchable, yet HIPAA-compliant format to protect patient privacy. The project is partially funded through a Pacific University Faculty Development Grant, jointly awarded to the Library and College of Optometry.

Editing and Publishing Center at Pacific University

Faculty from the Pacific University Library and Department of English are partnering to develop a comprehensive initiative to expand publishing education and practice opportunities for undergraduate students.

Students, staff and faculty at Pacific are engaged in publishing activities on a daily basis. From the print and online publications of the Berglund Center for Internet Studies, to more literary pursuits in the form of Silk Road and PLUM, to the online journals published by the University Library, both scholarly and creative works are published by Pacific University on a regular basis. Students also have the opportunity to learn about publishing practices through coursework and internships with local publishers.

However, these opportunities for students are not well coordinated or promoted and a clear academic path is not available for students interested in editing and publishing. With support provided by President Hallick’s Incentive Proposal process, the initial phases of an Editing and Publishing Center will be completed by the end of June 2011. This will include creation of webpages and promotional materials for existing opportunities across campus, as well as the development of a strategic plan for the growth of course offerings related to editing and publishing.