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New Digitalization Tools Preserving GSC History

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2011

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-4115

Glenville, WV – Glenville State College employees are preserving campus history through technological advances in archiving. The GSC Robert F. Kidd Library is home to many new tools that will make it easier and more efficient to save and share memories of GSC to both alumni and future students.

“Digitalization has become the way of archiving. This gives researcher’s unrestricted access to a bulk of material without fear of damaging original copies. It also enables local community members to submit materials to the archives without having to give up a family heirloom; a digital copy of the item is reproduced and the original can be given back,” said GSC Library Associate Jason Gum.

GSC Library Director Gail Westbrook said, “Jason Gum has made tremendous strides in organizing and growing the Archives. While he is helping preserve the past, the library is continually moving forward into the digital world while staying grounded in the more traditional hardcopy domain.”

Jason Gum

GSC Library Associate Jason Gum scans in an old edition of the Glenville Mercury newspaper using a new scanner recently added to the digitalization tools of the RFK Library.

An important piece of archiving equipment at GSC is the Epson Perfection V750 Pro Scanner that can produce high-quality images from photographs, slides, and negatives. Another scanner, the Bookdrive Pro, uses cameras to digitize large, fragile newspapers as well as smaller fragile/rare books without risking harm to the original materials. This produces a searchable file that will soon make it possible to web

search archived materials. The main focus with this machinery is the preservation of ‘The Glenville Mercury,’ GSC’s former student newspaper. The Archives also have the ability to digitize from cassette and VHS tapes. Gum said, “This is only a small list of the different forms of technology being used to document the rich history of Glenville State College and the surrounding area.”

If you would like to submit a piece of history to the Glenville State College archives, contact Gum at Jason.Gum@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6163.

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