Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC)

DISC develops online cultural heritage, scholarly and educational resources for UNM students, researchers, and the public.

Our Goals:

  • provide access to UNM and state-wide special collections
  • promote open access through collaborative and integrated projects
  • coordinate and manage large image and multimedia digitization projects
  • develop and maintain special project websites
  • provide technical and program support for cooperative digital projects

DISC organizes courses, presentations and workshops on a variety of research and information management subjects:

Research Tools

Scholarly Communication Tools

  • UNM Digital Repository - Electronic journals and publications published by UNM (replaced LoboVault).
  • UNM Open Journals Portal - UNM-sponsored electronic journals and scholarly publications.
  • SORA (Searchable Ornithological Archive) - the world’s first and largest open access ornithological publications repository.

Digital Initiatives Projects

Digital Exhibits

UNM on ActiveWorlds

Virtual Reality technology is making significant inroads in academic instruction, research and library service, and the most recent generation of VR tools and devices can easily be mastered by students, faculty and researchers - particularly, but not exclusively, to those in the arts and humanities fields. Today's VR is within the grasp of both undergraduate and graduate researchers, and can be readily employed in library special collections units, outreach and of course digital initiatives departments. This makes the academic library environment particularly suitable to provide VR exploration, consulting and training resources to the university community.

DISC staff are actively working with partners around UNM to implement wireless VR headsets in the classroom, develop hosted online VR environments, create virtual campus tours, and augment cultural heritage collections with 360 degree photographic documentation. The following are several DISC VR projects available to the public:

DISC offers a number of graduate fellowships and work-study positions throughout the year. DISC student employees work on a range of projects that include the research, digitization, processing and online publishing of collections and scholarly works from all across UNM and New Mexico.

Current Fellowships Available:

Work-Study Positions Available (apply on UNM Jobs website):

  • Library Assistant IV (Digitization Assistant) - 2 Positions. Check for listings.

About DISC

The DISC Center is located in Zimmerman, at the bottom of the main stairwell, Room B25. The DISC suite includes an exhibition space with a digital wall of ongoing and upcoming projects. In addition, DISC hosts office spaces, work stations, and equipment and storage to facilitate onsite digitization project work in multimedia formats.

Amy Winter
Program Specialist

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