LSMCE Broadening Participation Digital Library (LSMCE BPDL)

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GOH is a proud member of the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence Leadership Team charged with communicating best practices, tools, and information garnered from the grantee community to increase the use of proven LSAMP model strategies for attracting and retaining underrepresented minority (URM) students in STEM fields at non-LSAMP institutions. GOH recently led a three-phase effort to digitalize and catalogue historical files and develop the LSAMP Impact Report Viewer Application (IRVA), a pilot web-based clickable map application, as well as the LSMCE Broadening Participation Digital Library (LSMCE BP DL), a web-based library of historical documents and artifacts with advanced search capabilities based upon metadata and tags relevant to the LSAMP and BP communities.

The GOH LSMCE BP DL team reviewed thousands of prospective materials, digitized and catalogued hundreds of program and project artifacts, and launched a web-based digital asset management system, making the digital content and online resources accessible anywhere and anytime via the internet. The LSMCE BP DL implementation leveraged feedback and information gathered through a multi-stakeholder needs assessment, pilot web-based application, and information management and technology requirements documentation to build and launch a digital repository capable of growing with the community and LSMCE over time. 

The LSMCE BP DL metadata allows users to search records using keywords and advanced search filters for best practices, data, and elements of the LSAMP model. The navigation and search features of the digital library are aligned to the evidence-based best practices of the LSAMP model, making it easy for partner campuses to identify relevant information to support non-LSAMP URM students in STEM undergraduate programs with vetted best practices addressing their specific need or challenge. 

Over 30 years of best practices, data, and results from the LSAMP alliances is now more broadly available and accessible to the general public, policymakers, educators, LSMCE community, as well as LSAMP and non-LSAMP institutions with programs serving URM students. The navigation and search features of the digital library are aligned to the evidence-based best practices of the LSAMP model, making it easy for partner campuses to identify relevant information to support non-LSAMP URM students in STEM undergraduate programs on their respective campuses and address specific needs or challenges. The LSMCE BP DL metadata allows users to search records using keywords and advanced search filters for best practices, data, and elements of the LSAMP model.