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The Mississippi State University Libraries continue to grow and expand services to provide for the needs of the campus and community. This month, the Libraries announced the creation of the Digital Preservation and Access Unit (DPAU), a new Library department that will focus on the digitization and maintenance of the Libraries’ various collections while also working with individuals across campus to fill requests for various digitizing projects.

Randall McMillen, Coordinator for the DPAU, said that the department works primarily with the Libraries’ Charles Templeton Ragtime Sheet Music Collection, a collection of almost 22,000 pieces of sheet music including popular tunes dating as far back as 1865. "We are right at 6,000 pieces into the Collection," says McMillen, "inventorying and scanning the pieces along with the University Archives to see exactly how many unique titles exist." In addition to the Templeton Collection, McMillen and his six student assistants worked with the Library’s various Congressional and Political Research Center collections and the Consortium for the History of Agricultural & Rural Mississippi (CHARM) Collection, maintaining photographs and documents and creating online digital access for each.

"Having one centrally-located department for all digitization projects," said McMillen, "will be a great benefit to both the Library and to the various MSU departments who utilize our services." Previously, any faculty, staff, or student’s request for a digitized copy of any piece from the Library’s Collections would be processed in each individual department. With the creation of the DPAU, these requests will be processed more quickly and more efficiently than ever before.

For more information on the Libraries’ Digital Preservation and Access Unit, please visit MSU Libraries’ website at

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