Information Update - Spring 2005

The Aquinas Archives Soon To Be Online

The Aquinas has been the student voice of the University of Scranton, and before that St. Thomas College, for more than 70 years. Although the Aquinas began in 1916 as a combination literary and college news magazine as well as yearbook, it became a student newspaper in 1931. It serves as a primary source for University history and is now coming to a computer screen near you.
 
Weinberg Memorial Library, with the support of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, will be putting the back issues of the Aquinas online in a searchable format. The Library has contracted with OCLC to have Preservation Resources of Bethlehem microfilm the Aquinas and then to have the microfilm scanned to create searchable files of all surviving copies of the Aquinas using software created by Olive Inc.
 
The online Aquinas provides access to the archives of the newspaper to the University community, alumni and other interested parties 24 hours a day without risking damage to the fragile original newspapers. The files of the online Aquinas will be hosted on a server provided by Olive. The original newspapers and microfilm copies will continue to be available in Weinberg Library and Special Collections.
 
The scanned Aquinas files will be made searchable by Olive software, which was specifically designed to work with newspaper formatting. Olive software analyzes and indexes the different parts of the newspaper such as articles, graphics, and advertisements. This process allows more complex searching capabilities. Consequently, someone looking only for photographs of a certain event can limit the search to graphics. Olive Software allows the user to view the newspaper in its original layout and typeface. Olive automatically indexes the newspaper making keyword searching of the entire newspaper easy to accomplish. A search results page lists articles matching the keywords. The results page contains thumbnail images of the titles of the relevant articles. The user clicks on the article and the search terms are highlighted within the text. The articles can then be read and/or printed by the user. Olive promises full access to the existing and future issues of the Aquinas for alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the general public from any Internet connected computer.
 
The Aquinas from 1931 through 2003 will be available this spring. Future years will be added periodically. The online Aquinas will be available by a link from the Special Collections and University Archives homepage at http://academic.scranton.edu/department/wml/spcoll.html.
 
Michael Knies
Pride, Passion, Promise: Experience Our Jesuit Tradition