Research just got much, much easier thanks to newspaper preservation project

For those who have not yet heard, the Oakland Public Library recently completed a project to have back issues of the Oakland Independent digitized, and available online.

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There were several companies that she looked at for completing this project. One of the things that led her to the company she chose was the fact that patrons would be able to search the archived documents. “A few other companies could put the papers online, but they were just shots of the documents. You would still have to look through all of the pages to find what you were looking for,” Schmidt explained.

Rosa spoke with Advantage about how the process worked, and checked out a few references that they provided. “I wanted to see how it worked out for them. Then, it was just a matter of how to come up with the money,” Schmidt continues. Funded largely by a Friends of Oakland Foundation grant, and supplemented by library budget, the project was completed.

Curt Hineline, general manager of the Oakland Independent and Lyons Mirror-Sun newspapers shares the library’s enthusiasm. “What a wonderful thing it is to be able to word search our archive online.”

The Lyons Mirror-Sun underwent the preservation process through the Lyons Library a few years ago. “I was very excited when I learned that Rosa was working to ensure the Oakland Independent archive was available online for the Oakland Library. We can’t thank her enough for undertaking this project,” Hineline said.