MIL is pleased to welcome new staff member Heidi Binder-Vitti to the UCSB Library. She will be coordinating all aspects of MIL's aerial photography business.
The imagery collection is the largest academic collection that we know of, but most of its use comes from the business community. We have an obligation to make sure this use does not interfere with the needs of students and researchers, therefore we carefully segregate our business operations from academic use. Heidi's main task will be tending to these commercial users.
A great side benefit of having these commercial users is that the revenues help to guarantee that the imagery collection remains open and that we can continue to offer free research services to UC researchers. Fees paid by environmental consultants, licensed geologists, and financial institutions subsidize the ongoing preservation and digitization of the collections.