In June 2005, the Josiah Macy Foundation awarded the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives a grant to conduct a pilot project to digitize and catalog selected materials from our archival collections. As part of this grant, we have purchased and are implementing a new database which will help us provide access to our materials and serve as a digital repository for our scanned materials. We purchased ExLibris' Digitool with which we can (1) store digital images, (2) extract metadata from the images, (3) add descriptive metadata in MARC or Dubin Core formats, (4) organize our materials into digital collections which reflect the physical organization as well as digital collections which reflect different virtual organizations, and (5) provide access to our materials through a web-based interface.
The Digital Collection Project at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library & Archives contains a wide variety of collections related to the history of the famed Long Island laboratory. Collections include documents, correspondence, photographs, and oral history audio files from many of the scientists who worked there. Researchers may create user accounts to keep files organized and annotated.