Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library got a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to digitize 20,000 California State Lands Commission maps and make them available online to the public, according to Fresno State News.
The $84,700 grant will support two teams of undergraduates who will be trained to digitize and then geo-reference the maps. The teams will be led by a trained graduate student, according to the release. The students will be supervised by library staffers Maria Pena and Xiaoming Yang. The project is expected to take a year to complete and will be directed by Renaldo Gjoshe of the library’s information technology services team.
According to dean of library services Del Hornbuckle: “The Madden Library is honored to be awarded this grant in order to provide this important resource to the community. This project will significantly improve the way researchers access critical mapping data and expand the number of resources available to our campus community.”
The project is also expected to contribute to “the growth and usefulness of the university’s map and aerial locator tool and to its value to the university and beyond,” the release says.
“The tool contains a large assortment of maps, atlases, gazetteers and aerial photographers, some of which date back to 1937,” the release adds.