A Successful Partnership with Piedmont College Library

In 2017, Piedmont College Library was fortunate to receive a grant from the Digital Library of Georgia. This grant provided us with training and advice about metadata creation, digital formats, and how to handle the complexities of our online repository platform, CONTENTdm. We were able to move forward with the creation of other unique online collections of Piedmont College’s historical materials, including Piedmont College-related books, yearbooks, and student newspapers.  Moreover, we were able to create two collections of even wider significance: our Johnny Mize and Lillian Smith collections.

Johnny Mize was a very famous professional baseball player whose home was Demorest, Georgia. Mize was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1981 and is still remembered as a highly-skilled batter who set records that stand to this day. Mize’s family donated to Piedmont College a treasure trove of memorabilia. While Mize’s publicity photos are widely known, we were able to publish many photographs and fan letters that were unique to the family’s collections.

Lillian Smith lived most of her life in Clayton, Georgia. She was a powerful voice for civil rights for African Americans from the 1940s through the 1960s, with such outspoken works as her novel, Strange Fruit, and her memoir, Killers of the Dream. During the 1930s and 1940s, Lillian Smith and her partner, Paula Snelling, published a magazine known variously as Pseudopodia, North Georgia Review, and South Today. Their influential magazine of liberal Southern opinion has heretofore been available in print at only a small number of libraries. But now, it is available online for all who are interested in the work of a tireless advocate for social justice in the United States.

Without the support of DLG, we probably wouldn’t have accomplished much, if any, of this. In the process, one of the goals we established was to become an ongoing partner of the DLG. To achieve this, we adopted DLG’s metadata standards and opened our CONTENTdm repository to DLG for harvesting. This work has led to what has made our association with the Digital Library of Georgia really worthwhile.

Piedmont College’s archival metadata is shared with DLG and, through DLG, with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). So, our online archives are now an easily accessible part of the historical record of Georgia and our nation. And all because of the work of the Digital Library of Georgia. What a cause for celebration!

–Bob Glass, Dean of Libraries & College Librarian, Piedmont College


New Digital Collections Available from Piedmont College Library

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the launch of two new collections from our partners at Piedmont College Library: the May Ivie Valise Collection and the Johnny Mize Collection. The collections are available thanks in part to the DLG’s 2017 Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects.

The May Ivie Valise collection, available at https://piedmont.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17007coll1, contains correspondence, printed programs, military documents, and a composition book belonging to May Ivie, an alumna of Piedmont College from the 1940s.

The Johnny Mize Collection, available at https://piedmont.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17007coll3 includes baseball memorabilia, including gloves, bats, autographed baseballs, uniforms, and photographs collected by Johnny Mize, a native of Demorest, Georgia, and major league baseball player who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Nicknamed “The Big Cat” and “Big Jawn,” Mize was a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Giants, and the New York Yankees. He was a ten-time All-Star whose record included 359 home runs with a batting average of .312 over a career that spanned from 1936 to 1953. He won four National League home run titles, five World Series titles, a batting title, and three RBI crowns. He also hit three home runs in one game more times than any other National League player at the time of his retirement.

For both of these collections, DLG staff provided training and support for the creation and enhancement of descriptive metadata records by establishing best practices that helped Piedmont College Library staff prepare metadata records that meet standards for inclusion in the DLG and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DLG staff also provided advice about the creation and management of digital collections by assisting with the setup of Piedmont’s digital asset management system.

Bob Glass, Dean of Libraries and College Librarian at Piedmont College Library notes: “Piedmont College Library is so grateful for all the advice, training, and encouragement we received through our DLG Subgrant. We needed help learning about metadata creation and working with our digital library platform, CONTENTdm. Nicole Lawrence was a great coach as she helped us bring our collections online!”

About Piedmont College Library

Piedmont College Library supports Piedmont College’s academic programs and research by facilitating information access and satisfying the instructional needs of all members of the College community, wherever they are located. The Libraries currently house more than 100,000 volumes and provide access to more than 56,400 online journals, magazines, newspapers, and legal resources and to more than 420,000 ebooks. Visit the Library at https://library.piedmont.edu/

About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia https://dlg.usg.edu/ is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.