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Lecture launches library’s digital project

Lehigh will introduce its new digital library project, “Geology of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania: Historical Works,” at a lecture at noon Tuesday by Frank Pazzaglia and David Anastasio, professors of earth and environmental sciences.

The lecture, titled “Slate, Sinkholes and Cement: A Digital Field Trip in the Lehigh Valley,” will take place in Room 200 of Linderman Library and is sponsored by Friends of the Lehigh Libraries. It is free and open to the public.

A related exhibition offering a colorful window into the life of Benjamin L. Miller (1874-1944)—a geology professor, prolific writer, world traveler, popular lecturer, and consultant—will be on view in Linderman Library from mid-October through December. Display cases on the first floor contain copies of the materials digitized for the website; specimens of rocks from the Lehigh Valley and fossils (including the footprint of a dinosaur); photographs from Miller’s South America travels; and several of his publications. The exhibition continues in Linderman’s Bayer Galleria and includes letters, diaries, photographs, and writings relating to Miller’s career.

The centerpiece of the project is a set of scanned and digitized volumes from the Pennsylvania Geological Survey covering Northampton and Lehigh Counties. The volumes, primarily authored by Miller, contain a rich and diverse wealth of detail about the geology, history, place names, culture, meteorology, and economics of the region. A search engine and table of contents, as well as printable PDF images, enhance the usefulness of the volumes.

Any Internet user can connect to the site, either through the Lehigh University library homepage under Library Digital Projects, or directly at this link. Additional materials at the website include Miller’s 1939 pamphlet for the layperson, “Guidebook to Places of Geologic Interest in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania.” This publication contains itineraries and mile markers for noteworthy geological and historical features of the area. Look for this Guide under “Other Resources—Documents.”

The first-floor portion of the exhibition may be viewed during Linderman Library hours. Bayer Galleria, the Special Collections Reading Room, is open weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and otherwise by appointment.

For more information on the program or exhibition, contact Lehigh’s Library Services at (610) 758-3039.

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003

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