Volume 20, Number 3 February 2000
Bringing archives to life on the Web
The history of people long gone finds new life in this library's
Web-based archival index
by Jeanne Holba Puacz
Discusses the challenge faced by the Vigo County Public Library of
Terre Haute, Indiana, to make a local history collection more
accessible to patrons both inside and outside of the library.
Reports that they did not have the resources to undertake a mass
digitization project and had to use the hardware, software, and
staff already in place. Says that a solution was provided by
indexing the archival resources and then converting them to HTML and
posting to the Web site, along with printing them for use by the
"computer-phobic." Observes that although this solution does not
provide total electronic access to the archival collection, it
enables library patrons to easily search the indexed sections of the
archive and to request copies of materials located. Adds that
patrons can now search archival material without risking the
integrity of the fragile and rare items.
Includes two photos, three screen displays, and a list of
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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