partnership of five academic research libraries led by Colorado State
University, and including Brigham Young University, the University of
California-Berkeley, the University of Utah, and Washington State University,
has just concluded a three-year project, The
Foundations of Western Water Policy, funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
purpose of the project was to add content to Western Waters Digital Library
(WWDL), a website that provides free public access to information resources
regarding water issues in the Western U.S. “Water concerns have
dominated the western states for over a century, and as populations increase
and we face the uncertain outcomes of climate change, pressures on the West’s
fragile water supply will only increase. The WWDL provides data and
information resources that can guide future planning and policy” said Kenning
Arlitsch, Associate Director for Information Technology Services at the
University of Utah, Marriott Library.
resources, which cover a wide range of topics, and include items such as
government reports, legal transcripts, personal papers, photographs, and
audio/visual materials, are held by a geographically dispersed partnership of
major western universities.
began as a collaborative regional partnership undertaken by twelve academic
research libraries from eight western states under auspice of the Greater
Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Initial funding for WWDL was provided
by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
its inception in 2004, WWDL has expanded to include water-related materials
for twenty-five archival holding institutions including: Arizona State
University; Brigham Young University; California Institute of Technology;
Claremont Colleges; Colorado State University; Humboldt State University;
Iowa State University; Northern State University; Oregon Institute of
Technology; Oregon State University; Texas A&M University; University of
Arizona; University of California, Berkeley; University of Idaho; University
of Hawai'i at Manoa; University of Nebraska – Lincoln; University of Nevada -
Las Vegas; University of New Mexico; University of Oregon; University of the
Pacific; University of Texas – Austin; University of Utah; Utah State
University; University of Washington; and Washington State University.
more information about WWDL, or to access its collections, go to: http://www.westernwaters.org.
Institutions interested in contributing water-related materials to WWDL
should contact Joni Blake, Executive Director (email@example.com).
(Acknowledgment of Support and
advised to the contrary, all materials publicizing or resulting from award
activities shall contain an acknowledgment of NEH support. The acknowledgment
shall also include the following statement: "Any views, findings,
conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program)
(exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the National
Endowment for the Humanities.").