Villanova University: Library Digitalizes 100 Years of Newspaper
From The Villanovan:
While its appearance and form is constantly evolving, for over 100 years, the Villanovan newspaper has been a staple on campus. Today, Falvey Memorial Library will celebrate the digitalization of the Villanovan in its entirety.
The digitalization process was a significant undertaking and was headed by Michael Foight, the special collections and digital library coordinator. It involved archiving, scanning and organizing all the issues into an easy and accessible medium.
Using a LYRASIS grant, the funding was used to microfilm select years of publication, and the pilot project eventually grew to include all issues until 1995. Issues from 1995 on can be found on the database Lexis Nexus [sic].
The project, which was started in 2008, was slow to start due to technical glitches regarding search management and the optical character recognition (OCR) program. OCR makes it possible to search for keywords or certain characteristics which then in turn increases the accessibility.
In addition, the issues, previously scanned in bulk, were cut down to smaller individual issues, which sped up progress.
After this, the library staff and intern catalogued each issue and added a section that outlines the basic description of its contents.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.