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As a community, Williams has a great wealth of collections of all sorts -video, audio, still images and real-world objects - many of which have great public interest and strong pedagogical use.

As new technologies for digitizing and disseminating information are emerging, collections can move into the classroom or the public arena as teaching and research tools. With the addition of descriptive and cataloging information, collections gain more than simple exposure when they are digitized.

The collections often represent the lifelong commitment of individual faculty members to their disciplines, but in analog form are inaccessible to students and the public.

Williams Digital Collections
This site is a "collection of collections", representing some of the digital tools developed on campus. The site is powered by collection management software that takes digital objects and their descriptive cataloging records and automatically builds the indexes and search pages needed to access them. A single collection can consist of different kinds of objects - video, PDFs, and images, for example - all of which can be viewed through a simple web browser. Some of the collections presented here are available only on-campus, some only to the owner or a restricted group, but many are open to the public. Please feel free to look around!

Collections are typically developed as a collaboration between the collection owner and OIT's Instructional Technology group. ITech can help with designing the online project, navigating the technologies, and digitizing the objects. For more information or to explore digitizing a collection, please contact ITech by email: itech at

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