Archived MC publications now available in digital format

Jan. 17, 2010
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

Nearly 40,000 pages of Maryville College publications are now digitized and available for viewing and downloading from the Internet.

The publications include more than 100 years of The Chilhowean, Maryville College’s yearbook; catalogs from 1866 until 2010; college histories, biographies and books written by professors; and alumni newsletters and magazines dating back to 1875.

“We expect that these digitized items will be a blessing to those wishing to find information about the College and the many individuals connected to it through the years,” said Dori May, collection development librarian and archives liaison, who coordinated the digitization project. “Distant alumni and genealogical researchers, as well as local students, alumni, faculty and staff can now consult these resources more readily.”

May described the College’s digitized collection as “robust” compared to a lot of other colleges and universities of similar size and mission.

The project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country.

May said Maryville College has been able to participate in the project because of a generous gift from the estate of the late Annabelle Libby, an alumna from the Class of 1952 who frequently volunteered in the College’s archives.

Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned cover-to-cover and in full color.

To view the collections, visit the Internet Archive web site, http://www.archive.org/details/maryvillecollege, or visit the Lamar Memorial Library’s web page, accessible through the MC web site: http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/library/.

“You can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the ‘read online’ option, download the PDF or search the full text version,” May said, adding that a zoom feature allows people to enlarge sections of pages and audio that allows people to listen to some texts.

People may have to spend some time in the site to get accustomed to how it works, May advised. “There will be some glitches.”

The digitization of The Highland Echo, Maryville College’s newspaper, is currently in process. May said she expects that project to be completed by the end of February.

According to May, other digitization projects are being organized through the Appalachian College Association Central Library’s Digital Library of Appalachia.

For more information, email May at dori.may@maryvillecollege.edu.