WSSU Archives Grant Update

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WSSU Archives storage

Many people in the WSSU community may not know that this past year the WSSU Archives was awarded a $25,000 grant from the State Library of North Carolina as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to digitize one of our largest photograph collections.

I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on the progress of the identification process related to the project. Many of the images scanned were unidentified. A major goal of the project was to not only make the images available, but also to crowdsource the identification process. In order to facilitate the crowdsourcing effort, there were two initiatives launched during the year.

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Winter 2016 Archway Magazine advertisment

The first wave of participants were contacted based on their interactions with the WSSU Archives in the past. Students, faculty, staff and alumni were contacted and asked if they would be willing to help identify the images that were being digitized. There was a number of participants who were willing to help and links to the images were emailed so they could look through and identify any or all parts of the images they could. To broaden our reach to the campus community, a 2 page advertisement was produced in the Winter 2016 issue of Archway Magazine, the WSSU Alumni publication.

As a result of the marketing campaign, the number of volunteers who are helping us identify images has more than doubled. The volunteers have made great progress in identifying those unknown images, but there is still much to be done.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is helping us with this project. If you would like to help us as well, please contact me (Tom Flynn) in the Archives at flynnth@wssu.edu or call 336-750-2426.

Author: Tom Flynn

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