Digital Lab Receives Equipment Donation from Samy’s Camera

Staff from the Pepperdine University and the University Libraries receive the equipment donation from a representative of Samy's Camera
(L to R) Phil Thompson, Assistant Director of Corporate Relations; Mark Roosa, Dean of Libraries; Josias Bartram, Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation, and Conversion; and Christy Jewell, Corporate and Educational Account Manager at Samy’s Camera 

The Pepperdine University and Libraries and the Boone Special Collections and Archives are pleased to announce the donation of digital imaging equipment from Samy’s Camera. The equipment will become part of the Digital Lab, located in Payson Library, Pepperdine’s main library location on the Malibu campus.

“We are grateful to Samy’s Camera for this generous donation,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Roosa. “As we continue to build the capacity of our Digital Lab, this new equipment will expand our capability to provide access to significant materials in our collections.”

The slide scanner and portable lightbox donated by Samy's Camera to the Pepperdine Libraries.
The slide scanning and viewing equipment donated by Samy’s Camera to the Pepperdine Libraries.

The slide scanner and portable lightbox donated by Samy’s Camera will replace older and more time-consuming technology currently in use in the Digital Lab, which is in charge of digitizing material from the Boone Special Collections and Archives for the Pepperdine Digital Collections as well as maintaining the Pepperdine Digital Commons, an open-access repository of scholarly research.

“This equipment will allow us to review and digitize thousands of additional slides and negatives from our special collections, providing the Pepperdine Community and outside researchers with access to these valuable resources,” said Josias Bartram, Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation, and Conversion.

About Samy’s Camera

For over 40 years, Samy’s Camera has been the leader in sales of high quality imaging products and the ultimate resource for the professional and amateur photographer. Founded in 1976, Samy’s Camera has expanded to include successful full-service stores in Culver City, Pasadena, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.

About the Pepperdine Libraries

With thirteen library locations, the Pepperdine Libraries serve nearly 8,000 students and 800 faculty at Pepperdine University’s campus sites in Southern California, Washington, D.C., and abroad. Payson Library reopened last fall after a 15-month, $22.4 million renovation. Influenced by Spanish Revival architecture, the new building design honors tradition while addressing 21st-century needs for digital integration and flexibility to accommodate diverse learning styles. The new additions range from a high-tech makerspace to expanded study areas that seamlessly integrate traditional setups with more informal seating configurations.

The Boone Special Collections and Archives at Pepperdine University holds 6,801 rare books and 134 processed collections. Stored in an NEH grant-funded sustainable preservation and storage system, the department’s collections consist of rare book collections, the University Archives, the Malibu Historical Collection, the Churches of Christ Heritage Center, film and television archives, and other book and archival holdings, many of which are accessible to the public online through the Pepperdine Digital Collections.

About Pepperdine University

Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 7,600 students across its flagship liberal arts school, Seaver College; the School of Law; the Graziadio Business School; the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.


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Digital Lab Receives Equipment Donation from Samy’s Camera