KSA Digital Library re-released with new features and content

The Knowlton School of Architecture has released the new KSA Digital Library
The library is a learning resource not only for Ohio State faculty and students, but also for the public

The Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) is pleased to announce the release of the new KSA Digital Library (http://ksamedia.osu.edu). Since its inception in 2001, the library has supported and complemented the School’s curricula in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning. The library contains information about more than 7,000 built works and projects, and holds more than 35,000 media assets. OSU students, faculty, and staff can browse or search relevant precedent projects in their discipline for use in teaching, learning or research. The KSA Digital Library also provides opportunities for informal learning by acting as a repository of Open Educational Resources (OER) that is available to the public. 

Among the collections are selections from Banvard Gallery exhibitions, KSA lectures, student work, and student travel fellowships. The new library also contains videos of the Baumer Lecture Series that takes place at the Knowlton School of Architecture. New content will be added in the coming weeks, including new student archive images, video transcripts, historic photos of OSU buildings, AIA Columbus Design Award projects, and more.

Lorrie McAllister, the Curator of the Digital Library states, “Building high-quality collections of media that are available to the public helps us reach out to alumni and our network of local professionals. It also supports [KSA Director] Ann Pendleton-Jullian’s interest in Open Education as a catalyst for entrepreneurial learning and innovation in education.”   

The new KSA Digital Library was built with Drupal, an open source content management framework. This infrastructure allowed for additions to the Library’s feature set, including:

  • Ability to view video files and their transcripts and offer an embed code;
  • Ability to view audio files and their associated transcripts;
  • Improved support for non-image file types;
  • Ability for contributors to tag media;
  • Support for Creative Commons licensing (see: http://creativecommons.org);
  • RSS feeds; and
  • Ability for contributors to upload to the library. 

Feedback is welcome to Lorrie McAllister via email or Twitter: @mcallister50. For the latest on the development of the KSA Digital Library, follow on Twitter: @KSADigLib.