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Contact Devin: dbecker@uidaho.edu
(208) 885-7040

About Digital Initiatives

What We Do | Our History | Our Vision & Mission | Our People

What We Do

Get Involved!

  • Propose a New Collection
  • Intern for Us - Graduate and Undergraduate Students Welcome!
  • Schedule a class visit - We'd be happy to talk to your students about the tools, processes, and materials with which we work.
  • Donate time, materials, or support.

Simply contact Devin, at dbecker@uidaho.edu, if interested.

The Digital Initiatives department digitizes. That may not come as a surprise, but despite the fact that it is not all we do, digitization -- including the scanning of photographs, feed scanning of books, conversion of legacy files, batch processing of born-digital files, and other tasks -- is the foundation by which we build our collections and web sites and through which we digitally preserve institutional, local and scholarly material and resources.

But, again, digitizing is not all we do. We also work with departments, schools, librarians, citizens, machines, code, and each other to provide guidance on digital tools, projects and preservation, and to identify, acquire, and promote new collections.

Our History

The department was established in 2008 with an initial charge to digitize and make accessible the library's renowned International Jazz Collections. Material from the Jazz Collections continue to be added to this day, and the Collection was honored as the Digital Library of the Week in the summer of 2011.

We have since moved further out into the University and state as a whole, digitizing Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station and University of Idaho Extension Bulletins, Historical Photographs of the University of Idaho, Moscow, and the surrounding area, and historical newsletters from a Lewiston Neighborhood and the Potlatch Forests Incorporation, just to name a few.

In 2011, we redesigned the web portals for all of our collections with an emphasis on the dates and locations of our materials to make the collections more accessible and easier to use.

Our Vision

As the University of Idaho Library's Digital Initiatives department within the library, we will support and encourage scholarly and creative activity throughout the university by actively providing access to rare, archival and scholarly materials, keeping abreast on latest technologies, and actively providing strong and innovative services to members of the University of Idaho community and beyond.

Our Mission

The Digital Initiatives department seeks to create digital collections and make them available to enhance scholarship and research both within the university and with its external partners; to increase access to the libraries holdings, within the scope of Copyright Law; to support the teaching and learning activities of the university's faculty and students; to promote innovation to enhance learning; and to maintain and preserve these collections for future use.

Our People

Devin Becker, Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communications Librarian
Phone: 208.885.7040

Estelle Sertich, Digital Projects Manager
Phone: 208.885.9444

Kevin Dobbins, Digital Projects Assistant


Student Workers: Jessica Foxe, Mikayla Johnson, Dominique Lloyd, Sierra Magnuson, Izzy (Elisabeth) Martin, Jordan Proctor, Andrew Rowe, and Nate Sirdofsky