Oklahoma Library Association
The 111th Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Library Association
City and State
April 23 - 25, 2018
Crowdsourcing is the strategy Southwestern Oklahoma State University Libraries is using to fill in the gaps for many unidentified images in the SWOSU Digital Commons (https://dc.swosu.edu/). A photo gallery was created of some of the repository's unidentified images of persons, events and activities. An intriguing title - "History Mysteries" - was chosen to attract attention, and the page requested help from the public in identifying the unnamed items in the photographs. SWOSU Libraries began promoting the page during he SWOSU Homecoming in 2016, which was the 20th anniversary of winning the NAIA Football Championship. The increased number of alumni visiting campus during homecoming were invited to visit the site and view the History Mysteries page to see if they could identify any of the images. IntenseDebate commenting system was used as the vehicle for public responses.
Fitzsimmons, Phillip and Miller, April, "History Mysteries: Crowdsourcing to Involve Alumni with SWOSU's Institutional Repository" (2018). Faculty Articles & Research. 35.