Collaboration for Promotional Success: The Western Writers Series Digital Editions at Boise State University

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In the fall of 2008, Boise State University Special Collections published its first online digital collection entitled Western Writers Series Digital Editions (1), a selection of titles from the Boise State University Western Writers Series. Published at Boise State University since 1972, volumes in the Western Writers Series provide brief, authoritative introductions to writers and classic texts of the American West. The impetus behind digitizing 23 of the 172 titles was to make accessible the out-of-print booklets that the editors still receive purchasing requests for, as well as showcase one of Boise State University's unique publications. With the booklets at 50-60 pages each, it was an inexpensive digitization project to undertake. To achieve this, Boise State University Albertsons Library formed a partnership with the university's English Department to digitize the out-of-print editions and later made them available using CONTENTdm, the content management system hosted by the Special Collections department. Once the project was completed, discussion commenced regarding how to best promote the new digital collection both on and off-campus. This paper describes the collaboration between Special Collections, departments on campus, and within the community to successfully promote the Western Writers Series Digital Editions.

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