By Ashley Rogoff
This year a new Media Communication class, Digital Humanities taught by Nathan Kelber, was introduced to the curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences at Lawrence Technological University.
The course explores digital forms of writing and the future of digital archiving. Students consider the advantages and disadvantages of digital archiving; while digitized documents are more easily shared and copied, they also lack the long-term stability of their sources. One of the biggest benefits of digitization is that it helps preserve original documents from wear and tear.
The students are working with employees from the library and the office of public relations and marketing to start this pilot project to digitize a portion of Tech News, Lawrence Tech’s student newspaper, from the middle of the 20th century.
The class will scan the historic newspapers, build a website, enter searchable metadata, and start an archive for anyone to access. Many of these papers have not been available to the public in over half a century. The earliest papers date from the 1930s.
The class will not only make it possible for any person to access the older newspapers, but there’s a lot of history to learn as well. These papers have every piece of history that Lawrence Tech has experienced. Things that students could never pull up on Google could be found in these newspapers.
The class would like to thank the following for helping with the project: Gary Cocozzoli, Cathy Phillips, Gretchen Weiner, Adrienne Aluzzo, Bruce Annett, and Joe Oberhauser. The students hope the digitization project will continue even after the course ends this semester.