The South Carolina Digital Library coordinates the distribution of the knowledge and resources necessary to encourage new digitization efforts in the state, and provides free and unlicensed access to those collections online to stimulate the minds and extend the cultural memories of South Carolina’s citizens.
First and foremost, SCDL envisions a central web presence servicing the South Carolina community through open access to the digital collections available in the state. We envision that SCDL ultimately will become an indispensable research tool for K-12 students, researchers in higher education, and other life-long learners as they visit the SCDL website to study and compare documents concerning South Carolina’s history and culture. Educators will also find SCDL’s range of digital collections to be an invaluable source of material for dynamic and interactive lesson plans. These educators and users will add another dimension to SCDL’s material by contributing their own knowledge about the items available online to the learning community through a system of open communication and transparency that encourages sharing information and maintaining collaborations. The web site will give greater access to the rare and special South Carolina historical materials housed in the many museums, libraries, archives, and historical institutions in the state.
SCDL’s essential foundation is based upon a set of core values that inform and guide our services and practices. These values include access, life-long education and scholarship, collaboration, duty to the citizens of South Carolina, and a commitment to the public dissemination of South Carolina’s history and culture.
Looking for more information? SCDL in a Nutshell is a two-page PDF that addresses most frequently asked questions about the South Carolina Digital Library, including:
- What is SCDL?
- Who is SCDL For?
- How is SCDL Organized/Governed?
- How Can I Participate?