(February 28, 2012)

Archives digitizes publications

SHREVEPORT, LA — Over 200 publications from the Centenary Archives and Special Collections have been digitized and are now available for online viewing.

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"This digitization project radically increases the availability of many college publications most used by our researchers," says Chris Brown, Centenary's archivist. "Now, anyone with an internet connection can access this material which documents the rich history of Centenary."

Centenary's collection of Yoncopin yearbooks (1922-2011), college catalogs (1856-2010), alumni magazines (1969-1988), student literary magazines (Insights 1962-1967), and three books related to Centenary's history — The Dean Smith Years: Centenary College, The Four Square Bible Class by Bentley Sloane (1978); The Paul Brown Era at Centenary: Years of Growth by Paul Brown, Walter Lowrey, and Donald Webb (1981); and Centenary College of Louisiana, 1825-2000: The Biography of an American Academy by Lee Morgan (2008) are now available.

All items were scanned from cover-to-cover and in full color. Readers 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.

Brown will host two instructional sessions in March about the new online collections. Attendees will learn more about the collections and the use of advanced search techniques. The sessions will occur in Magale Library, Lab 1A on Thursday, March 8, 11:00-11:30 a.m. and Friday, March 9, 3:00-3:30 p.m.

These digitized publications are made available through a project partnering the Archives, the Office of Alumni and Family Relations, and 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.

For more information about this project and the works that have been digitized, contact Centenary Archivist Chris Brown at 318.869.5462 or email.