Colleges across the nation are making digital copies of old yearbooks, student newspapers, and course catalogs for researchers and alumni to access online, USA Today reports. LYRASIS, an Atlanta-based group for libraries and information professionals, has helped 100 colleges and universities create digital archives of materials that include yearbooks. Preserving the documents is only part of the benefit, said Laurie Gemmill, program manager of the Mass Digitization Collaborative at LYRASIS. “Institutions are more interested in sharing their materials. So many materials are hidden from people. You have to go in and request it. The special collections are there for people to use, but it can be intimidating to some,” Gemmill said. Among the colleges that have created digital archives of yearbooks: Penn State University in State College, Pa.; Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte; St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Md.; and the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Penn State’s yearbook, La Vie, goes back to 1890…

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