Monday, February 7, 2011

Birmingham-Southern College Digitizes Yearbooks

We are pleased to announce that Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) has recently digitized and made available the complete 96 volumes of student yearbooks. The yearbooks are freely available online HERE for students, alumni, and friends of the College to view.

This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country -- and through the support of an anonymous friend of the College. Reference Librarian Steve Laughlin coordinated the digitization effort from the BSC side, insuring the completeness and accuracy of the scanning project and providing metadata for online retrieval.

Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover- to-cover and in full color. Readers can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF or search the full text version.

“It’s fantastic to see the yearbooks online!” says library director Charlotte Ford. “The ability to search each yearbook for names is especially useful. We hope the entire BSC community will enjoy having access to these digital resources.”

Titles included are Southern Accent, La Revue, The Gold and Black, The Pegasus, and The Southron. Years covered include the 1907 edition of the Birmingham College yearbook, The Pegasus; the 1915 through 1918 Southern University yearbooks, The Southron; and Birmingham-Southern College yearbooks from 1919 through 2009.

A second set of BSC publications will be digitized by early spring; an announcement will be forthcoming. If you have any questions about this project or would like to make a gift to support the digitization project, please contact the BSC Library at 205.226.4749, or

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