The UC Santa Barbara Library has just unveiled a new digital library called the Alexandria Digital Research Library (ADRL): http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu.
In partnership with the Graduate Division, the UCSB Library is making available theses and dissertations produced by UCSB students. Currently included in ADRL are theses and dissertations that were originally filed electronically, starting in 2011. In future phases, all theses and dissertations created by UCSB students will be digitized and made available in ADRL.
The Alexandria Digital Research Library builds upon the expertise that UCSB developed in the 1990s with the Alexandria Digital Library (ADL), an online repository for geospatial information. Unlike the old Alexandria, the new ADRL will feature digital assets from diverse collections and disciplines, and will include images, text, streamed media, and numeric data, in addition to spatial data. In phase two, scheduled to be completed later this summer, a significant subset of the Library’s existing digital collections will be brought into ADRL. The Library is interested in working with other campus partners to identify additional research materials to be digitized and added to ADRL.
The Alexandria Digital Research Library can be found at http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu. Information about all items in ADRL is available to the general public; however most full-text theses and dissertations are restricted to the UCSB community. A UCSB NetID and password are required to access these full-text documents from off-campus. Many digital items that will be added in future phases of ADRL will be openly accessible to the general public.
We welcome your feedback about this new resource as it continues to develop. Questions about the Alexandria Digital Research Library can be directed to adrl [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu