From tiny public libraries to huge institutions, libraries have helped shape communities and have helped to support culture, knowledge and achievements. The archives found within libraries help preserve resources such as historic artifacts, oral, and written histories, digital history projects, art, media, and government publications to name a few. Indiana University recognizes the value libraries serve to the community and the world. As such, Indiana University has at least one library, if not more, at each of its campus locations. Each of these libraries serves a variety of needs and the collections within these libraries are priceless.
Libraries are portals to knowledge
Media Digitization & Preservation Initiative
For more than two decades, IU has been developing and implementing leadership, expertise, and technical structures in media archiving and media preservation. In 2013, understanding that many of its media collections were at risk of deterioration, obsolescence, or both, the university capitalized on these competencies to implement a comprehensive plan for the digitization of audio and video recordings across all campuses.
Dorothy J. Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons
The Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons (WERC) is a preK-12 curriculum library and production center designed to support the Indiana University South Bend School of Education by providing educational materials for pre-service and practicing preschool through 12th grade teachers. The WERC’s collection also includes juvenile literature, educational games and hands-on kits, professional materials, and adaptive technology for use in special education. Along with resources to support teaching, the WERC is a growing makerspace for interactive learning and production.