About the Digitization Project
The BLM Library is digitizing all of its publications and collections in the public domain, including BLM, General Land Office, Grazing Service, and some Department of the Interior publications. The digitization process involves scanning and archiving current and historical information so it will be preserved and accessible online, worldwide. More than 6,000 publications will be available in 18 different formats (PDF, HTML, text, DAISY, Kindle, ePUB, etc.). The digitization of BLM Library publications demonstrates the library’s commitment to stay current with available technologies and meet users’ demands for a virtual information center.
The BLM Library’s digitized publications are available online and easily found with search engines. Individuals are able to view maps and other special pages within the publications at a high resolution. The digitized publications will be visible on WorldCat, an international, web-based library catalog.
The second phase of the digitization project involves state office and field office documents. The BLM Library requested all BLM offices to send their publications to be added to the digitized collection. Learn more in Instruction Memorandum OC-2013-036. Some examples of products requested include technical reports, NEPA and planning documents, contract reports from companies who have done work for the BLM, and documents or reports that haven’t been published for distribution ("gray literature"). Once digitized, these documents will be part of the digitized collection online and authors will have increased visibility of their work. This also will promote a bureauwide awareness of work that has been done and help prevent duplication of efforts and research.