|Yearbook Digitization Project||
Estimated Initial Cost: $10,000
|The library currently houses The Martian, the ETBU yearbook, back to 1918. In order to both preserve these valuable materials and be able to more widely share them, a decision has been made to digitize this collection. The project would not only produce an electronic resource that could be viewed over the Internet it would also index the yearbooks, allowing users to search for particular names, buildings, and events - making it a valuable resource for genealogical research and family histories. It will also allow alumni who may no longer have their own copy to view the yearbooks from their particular era. The plan is to have most, if not all, of the collection digitized by the time of the university's centennial.|
|Newspaper Digitization Project||
Estimated Initial Cost: Undetermined
|The library currently houses back issues of The Compass, the ETBU student newspaper. The digitization project will both preserve the papers but will also index each issue, allowing users to search for names, events, and other information covered in these articles. This collection will be digitized as a followup to the Yearbook Digitization Project.|
Estimated Costs: Varies depending on resource - see resources below for costs
Many electronic resources are now being offered as purchases as opposed to annual subscription costs. Although the initial outlay for these collections is very high they will ultimately be more cost-effective - once bought we only pay small access fees on an annual basis. In addition, with the purchase of perpetual rights to these collections the university will not risk losing access to these materials due to possible fiscal setbacks that could occur in our current economic climate. Specific resources on our "wish list" are listed below and links are provided for those who want more information on a particular collection.