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Our launch was November 6, 2007 with a press release going out from University PR.

Questions and technical troubleshooting were needed from first morning. I had e-mails coming in at some points almost every five minutes and telephone calls almost constantly.

Reporters didn’t understand the interface and I spent time guiding them through to find the actual images

The most immediate response from bloggers – they were fascinated with the collection but in their usual honestly they gave a blunt evaluation of our interface

That was closely followed by coverage in the Chicago newspapers and eventually a MSNBC and CNN (the websites), a spot on NPR and a local radio station

Since November we’ve continued to find articles and references to the collection in more sources

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