Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BSC Library announces digitized student publications

We are pleased to announce that Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) completed its 2010-2011 digitization project by recently digitizing and making available three of our student publications. The first phase of the project covered the student yearbooks of BSC. All of the publications 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 several friends 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.

Local funding was provided by anonymous donors and through donations given in memory of Mr. Chad Jones, Jr., BSC Class of 1988. Mr. Jones served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the BSC Alumni Board for two years, and was President of the Atlanta Chapter of the BSC Alumni group. He was employed in the marketing and communications industry.

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.

“Digitizing the yearbooks and other student publications is easily among the most important developments that we've had in years,” according to Dr. Guy Hubbs, College Archivist. “Digitization makes BSC’s heritage available to everyone and allows our alumni and friends to reestablish their connections, not only with each other but with the College. I would like to continue with additional digitization projects as funding becomes available.”

The most recently digitized titles are Southern Academic Review, the complete run from 1987 through 2010; Compass, the complete run from 1999 through 2010; and Quad, 1940 through 2010. The Southern Academic Review (SAR) is published annually by the students of Birmingham-Southern College, with funding from the Student Government Association. SAR seeks to publish material of scholarly interest to the students and faculty of BSC and the editorial scope encompasses all disciplines.

Also digitized is Compass: A Journal of Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern College, which fosters an academic discussion of leadership and its purpose in the world. Compass publishes academic papers submitted by BSC students, faculty, and alumni. The publication is funded by the Student Government Association and Ronne and Donald Hess.

Quad: The Literature and Arts Journal of Birmingham-Southern College, was founded in 1940. Quad is funded by the Student Government Association and publishes creative work from the college community. Our digitization project includes many of the issues from 1940 thru 2010.

The entire 2010-2011 digitization project (yearbooks and student publications) totaled almost 26,000 pages. If you have any questions about this project or would like to make a gift to support the digitization of Birmingham-Southern publications, please contact the BSC Library at 205.226.4749, or

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