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Sunday, 3rd October 2010

Digitization Projects: "College Yearbook Collections Go Digital"

From a The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times Report:

Colleges across the United States have been making digital copies of old yearbooks, student newspapers and course catalogues, said Laurie Gemmill, program manager of the Mass Digitization Collaborative at LYRASIS.

The Atlanta-based group for libraries and information professionals has helped 100 colleges and universities create digital archives of materials that include yearbooks. Preserving the documents is only part of the benefit, she said.

"Institutions are more interested in sharing their materials. So many materials are hidden from people. You have to go in and request it. The special collections are there for people to use, but it can be intimidating to some," Gemmill said.

Among the colleges that have created digital archives of yearbooks: Penn State University in State College, Pa.; Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte; St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, Md.; and the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

A Sample of Digitized Yearbook Collections:
All free, all searchable.

+ University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Yearbook (Collection Begins in 1950)

+ Penn State University (Collection Begins in 1890)

+ Collection of Yearbooks from 16 Universities in North Carolina (All Collections Begin in the 1890s)

+ University of Maryland (Collection Begins in 1897)

+ St. Mary's College of Maryland (Collection Begins in 1948)

(via USA Today)


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