May 19, 2022

New Journal Article: “The Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive: Harnessing An Open-Source Platform to Host Digitized Collections Online”

The following article was recently published in IFLA Journal (full text of article and entire publication available free online via IFLA).


The Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive: Harnessing An Open-Source Platform to Host Digitized Collections Online


Jeffrey A. Knapp
Penn State University Libraries

Andrew Gearhart
Penn State University Libraries

L. Suzanne Kellerman
Penn State University Libraries

Linda Klimczyk
Penn State University Libraries


IFLA Journal
Vol. 44 No. 2
June 2018
DOI: 10.1177/0340035218771095


Providing online access to historical newspaper content is a strategic priority for many libraries. As early adopters in hosting an in-house newspaper repository for its own scanned newspapers, Penn State University’s online collection has grown substantially. New systems become necessary over time, however, due to system obsolescence, infrequent vendor upgrades, and maintenance and user needs. This was the case when the University Libraries adopted the open-source “Open ONI” platform in creating its Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive (), replacing its aging Olive Software ActivePaper Archive™ system. This paper chronicles the planning and design phases of the project, the adoption of the “Agile Scrum” project management framework, and the migration processes developed to transfer 450,000 pages of historical legacy newspaper content from a commercial system to an open-source system hosted in-house.

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Note: Article is found on pages 143-149 (page 49 of PDF).

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