HistoryIT and the Osher Map Library lead way in making digital map collections accessible

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Digital history company HistoryIT and the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (OML) at the University of Southern Maine today unveiled a new website designed to make the map library’s world-renowned collection accessible to a vast and still-untapped online audience.

The new website launch comes after a yearlong collaboration in which HistoryIT and OML transformed the library’s decade-old website into a new digital collection site that rejects an antiquated approach to digital libraries, focusing more on user experience and discoverability. This shift in direction has moved OML’s digital interface from a simple online catalog that mainly served dedicated researchers to a robust digital collection that engages diverse public audiences. The more robust and searchable digital collection is housed in HistoryIT’s software, which delivers better interconnectivity with the digital materials.

See more information on the library's website.