About Digital Prairie
Oklahoma Digital Prairie provides visitors unique digital content spanning more than 100 years of rich, vibrant history from the 46th State. The resource areas found here include documents, photographs, newspapers, reports, pamphlets, posters, maps and audio/visual content. Content ranges from the late 1800s to the present day. Some collections are solely attributed to the work of librarians, archivists and content managers at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL). Others, such as the collections providing citizens access to digitized state government publications and forms, are joint projects between the Department of Libraries (ODL) and the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES).
The Oklahoma Digital Prairie is a service of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and other Oklahoma state agencies with which it partners. Included in Digital Prairie services are repositories of state government information, research databases and special online topical exhibits. Others, like Documents.Ok.Gov and Forms.Ok.Gov perpetuates the public's right to access government information and forms.
Oklahoma Digital Prairie is also your gateway to credible online information and resources. ODL presents access to many platforms for learning and research. Britannica School and EBSCO are provided by ODL for access in schools, libraries and colleges/universities across the state. ODL also maintains custom searches such as SoonerSearch and Archive-It for access to information across all Oklahoma state agencies' websites past and present.
Content in the Digital Prairie collections is gathered from a variety of sources.
Documents.Ok.Gov and Forms.Ok.Gov gets content from two main sources: the Oklahoma Publications Clearinghouse and file submissions received from Oklahoma state government agencies.
Content in the remaining collections is mainly obtained from digitizing materials in the archives and documents divisions of the Department of Libraries. Careful consideration has gone into the selection of each and every item for these latter collections. The criteria for selection were particularly focused on a) materials difficult to access due to their rarity, b) materials with broad interdisciplinary application, and c) materials that are at a risk from a preservation point of view.
The Digital Prairie Collections utilize the CONTENTdm digital collection management software to organize and present content. CONTENTdm allows for the virtual recreation of hierarchical materials online, making it possible to read through a book or a series of letters on screen as you would with the physical copy in hand. Another key feature of CONTENTdm's Docment Viewer is its ability to display page images and full-text transcripts side by side; this vastly simplifies the process of reading 19th-century penmanship while still allowing the reader to appreciate the style and format of the original writing. Full-text searching capabilities of materials with accompanying transcripts is provided. CONTENTdm has been optimized for use in all major browsers.