Last month, our institutional repository ISU ReD reached a milestone of 10,000 items and over 275 collections. While these numbers are alone something to celebrate, we are especially pleased about the new collection that brought ISU ReD over the 10,000-item mark: an exhibit dedicated to the history of Milner Library and that honors Illinois State University’s first full-time librarian, Ange V. Milner. This online collection features images of panels from a 2017 in-person exhibit curated by Angela L. Bonnell, associate professor and head of government documents at Milner Library.

“This is an incredible milestone, made even more thrilling knowing the latest uploads were from an Ange V. Milner exhibit,” said Bonnell. “We initiated the pilot project with the hope future Milner exhibits—especially those curated by students—will be shared digitally through ISU ReD to serve as a visual (and open source!) record of their work beyond the short period of the physical exhibit. Ange would have loved ISU ReD for many reasons, but particularly given her practice of inviting the campus and community into the library to showcase student work she displayed. Almost one hundred years later, Ange is still helping the library try new things to better help students!”

ISU ReD is an open-access, digital repository that collects and provides current and long-term access to the research and scholarship of the faculty, staff, and students of Illinois State University. Content in ISU ReD includes copies of published research, conference presentations, theses and dissertations, student capstone projects, annual reports, performance and exhibition programs, and a variety of University publications.

Some ISU ReD collection highlights include:

Stay tuned for our next ISU ReD milestone update, as we quickly approach 1,000,000 downloads!

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