University of Iowa

Webster City - Digital Archiving Kendall Young Library

Graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science provided a framework for digitizing thousands of archived local historical records that currently exist only as print documents in Webster City's Kendall Young Library.  

UI students digitized approximately 175 documents from records held by the Kendall Young Library in Webster City, IA.  With these documents, students created a system in Omeka by which records could easily be accessed by library patrons, preserving categorization systems already established by library staff and using metadata terminology that require no specialized vocabulary or knowledge.  Included in their final report are instructions for library staff and volunteers to continue the process of digitizing records.