After years of being stored on microfilm in Penfield
Library, the Oswegonian
is now available to read online for the first time in
its 72-year history.
The campus newspaper recently became an addition to
an online newspaper collection managed by the Northern
New York Library Network. The microfilm files were scanned
to make Internet files so that Oswego alumni can read
issues of the paper online from as early as July 29,
1935, to 2002.
“As a member of the class of 1975, I am proud
of it,” Associate Librarian Tom
Larson ’75, said.
Larson, a writer for the Oswegonian
during his time as a student, is excited to see and
read some of his published work while other alumni can
now access photos and articles of themselves and their
friends, their majors, fellow students and professors.
Penfield Science Librarian Chris Hebblethwaite initiated
the project after learning that SUNY Plattsburgh had
submitted its paper for digitization through the Northern
New York Library Network.
“I guess you could say I kind of got the ball
rolling,” Hebblethwaite said. “I’ve
helped people at the information desk search for the
history of family members, and they are always so pleased
to find this information. I knew that others would feel
the same way.”
Hebblethwaite approached Penfield Library Director Mary
Beth Bell and Head of Collection Development and Special
Collections Mary Loe with the idea and the three joined
forces to see the project come to life. After the Student
Association and current Oswegonian
staff approval, microfilm copies of the Oswegonian
were shipped to the NNYLN.
Although more resources are made available online through
the library each semester, most of the information available
on the Internet dates back only as late as the 1970s.
The addition of the Oswegonian
is a “real treat,” according to Hebblethwaite,
who said that he has already used the new site to look
up colleagues like former librarian Sylvia Chu.
Larson believes that by having the Oswegonian
online it will make research on the college much easier.
“I hope that people will take advantage of this
resource now to see from whence they’ve come,”
Complete issues of the Oswegonian
can be accessed through Penfield
Library or through NNYLN.
Readers can use the key word search engine provided
to find old friends, professors and events from Oswego
days gone by.
—Meagan Smith ’07
To May 2007 E-Newsletter