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Friday, 27th February 2009

Digitatization at U of Virginia: Partnership creates online database

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The University Library [U of Virginia] and the Heritage Microfilm Company recently teamed to make Alderman Library’s international newspaper microfilm collection available in a searchable online database.

Microfilms, which are film reels that hold images of documents, require large machines to read them and often do not age well. Moving the University’s collection online will make it easier for researchers to access the newspapers and will preserve the collection, said Barbie Selby, research and information services manager for Alderman Library.

“It’s a pretty old technology,” Selby said about microfilm, adding that “vinegar syndrome” — a pungent smell that develops after time — often ruins the film reels. “[Microfilms] could be a good resource but it’s not [being] used to its full potential.”

Jamie Leon, regional specialist for Access NewspaperARCHIVE, an Internet gateway to various newspaper collections, said he contacted Selby to digitize the library’s international newspaper collection.

Source: Cavalier Daily


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