Utah Geography

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Utah has a geography that people come from all over the world to visit.  Utah’s geography also provides the foundation for a diverse people and the resources for a vibrant economy. Utah is generally divided into three distinct regions:   the Great Basin Region, the Rocky Mountain Region, and the Colorado Plateau. Among those regions are a large number of National Parks and Monuments. Because Utah is in an arid region of the United States, water will always play a crucial role in its development.  The geography of Utah can be studied through the five themes of geography which are: Location, Place, Region, Movement and Human-Environmental Interaction.

The Great Basin National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2006 to recognize its “classic western landscape that contains long natural vistas, isolated high desert valleys, mountain ranges, ranches, mines, historic railroads, archaeological sites and tribal communities.” The recognized Area is made up of two neighboring counties, White Pine in Nevada and Millard in Utah, as representative of the larger geographic Great Basin. The Great Basin National Heritage Partnership was designated at the local coordinating entity for the Area.

News from the Plains Arrival from the Salt Lake—News from the California Emigrants—Their Progress—Territorial Progress in the Great Basin

The Frontier Guardian reports that the crops in Utah are good and the crickets have almost entirely disappeared this season. Mormon relations with the California emigrants are good—many have been baptized and are staying in Salt Lake City. Utahans are celebrating the 24th of July this year instead of the Fourth for two reasons: the … Continue reading News from the Plains Arrival from the Salt Lake—News from the California Emigrants—Their Progress—Territorial Progress in the Great Basin

Summer 2020

Conference Summary: On June 1st and 2nd, 2020, Mountain West Digital Library hosted its bi-annual all-hubs meeting over Zoom. In light of a global pandemic and unrest in the face of systemic social problems, this conference was much shorter and more casual in tone than in previous years. Day 1 consisted of updates from partners … Continue reading Summer 2020

Blog Posts

Introduction to MWDL Metadata Application Profile V3 (2019)Happy New Year, MWDL Network! On December 13, 2019, we announced the completion of a new metadata application profile. This post details the revision process and highlights the differences between MWDL MAP V2 ( 2011) and MWDL MAP V3 (2019). MAP V3 is effective January 1, 2020 for … Continue reading Blog Posts

Closing Remarks

Greg Thompson, UU Marriott Abstract Greg Thompson of UU Special Collections wraps up the day with remarks on the MWDL community’s longevity and thoughts on sustainability. Bio Gregory C. Thompson, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library for Special Collections and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. He … Continue reading Closing Remarks

Historical and Contemporary Photographs of Religious Architecture in Salt Lake City

Ken Rockwell, UU Marriott Abstract Ken introduces a new, born-digital photograph collection of religious architecture throughout Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. Bio Ken Rockwell has been with the University of Utah Marriott Library as a librarian since September 11, 1989. Exactly 30 years and a day from the day this went on our … Continue reading Historical and Contemporary Photographs of Religious Architecture in Salt Lake City

Building an Education Toolkit

Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract Kinza gives an update on MWDL’s work to date creating an primary source education toolkit with the help of UVU Professor Axel Ramirez and UVU education students. Bio Kinza Masood is the Director of Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL). She works with partner institutions around the Mountain West region to collaborate … Continue reading Building an Education Toolkit

Making One Scan do the Work of Four

Ryan Ehrfurth, Arizona Memory Project Abstract Ryan discusses State of Arizona Research Library’s ongoing work to improve access to and availability of documents scanned via a special collection in Arizona Memory Project. Bio Ehrfurth is the digital platform coordinator at the State of Arizona Research Library, where he works to make library resources and information … Continue reading Making One Scan do the Work of Four

Copyright

Allyson Mower, UU Marriott Abstract Allyson’s presentation covers basics of copyright law as it pertains to digital libraries. Bio Born and raised in Utah, spent two summers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and three years in Annapolis, Maryland. I'm a librarian and a big fan of information. I am interested in how digital technology changes the … Continue reading Copyright

MWDL Metadata & Systems Overview

Teresa K. Hebron, MWDL Abstract This presentation covers 2019 MWDL harvesting statistics, a tour of the new search portal look and feel, and an overview of the DPLA Analytics Dashboard tool. Bio Teresa Hebron is the Digital Metadata Librarian at Mountain West Digital Library. Prior to joining MWDL, she worked from 2007-2016 with an ILS … Continue reading MWDL Metadata & Systems Overview

MWDL Update

Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract Updates on MWDL activities including launching our new e-publishing platform on WordPress, presentations, outreach activities, relationship with DPLA, and promotional analytics. Bio Kinza Masood is the Director of Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL). She works with partner institutions around the Mountain West region to collaborate on digital library workflows and projects. … Continue reading MWDL Update

DPLA Live Stream

John Bracken, DPLA; Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract: Live stream with DPLA Executive Director John Bracken and Director of Technology Michael Della Bitta , moderated by MWDL Director Kinza Masood. Bio John Bracken became the Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in 2017. A Chicago native, Bracken received his undergraduate degree from … Continue reading DPLA Live Stream

Letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior dated September 6, 1911

The Commissioner of Indian Affairs discusses a legal claim by the Uintah and White River Utes against the U.S. Government over the construction of the Uintah National Forest