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The donation includes: • Over 1,400 reels of microfilm and sheets of microfiche; • 20 filing cabinet drawers stuffed with photographic prints; • 10 boxes filled with thousands of CD-ROMs, each containing about 500 photographs; • 43 historic, bound issues of print editions, some dating back to before the Civil War. “We have the privilege of owning so much rich information about the communities we serve, and it is our responsibility to make sure that future generations can access and understand what has gone on in the past,” said Jeannie Parent, publisher of The Oakland Press, in explaining the gift.“Think of the DNA testing kits you can get to learn more about your own history.“We utilize all the technology at our fingertips to deliver news and information on the platforms readers are accustomed to,” Parent said. For example, our journalists are out and in the community and are able to post stories from their mobile phones …
Opportunities to learn about the historical and socio-cultural contexts of these music traditions and opportunity to learn to perform some of the music.News publications are more than just a place to find the daily happenings, the good and bad stories which fill the corners of humanity.They are also gatekeepers to history, charged with capturing the essence of the communities they serve and keeping record of what has transpired there.“It’s so important for us to be able to preserve all of that data and history somewhere, and I think donating it to Oakland University really cements and exemplifies the kind of partnerships we should have across Oakland County,” Parent said. We might be able to get this done faster if a bag of gold fell on the roof,” Weiter said.“We’re extremely proud of the partnership with Oakland University and we’re looking forward to continuing with the new president Ora Pescovitz.” The first goal of OU’s team is to preserve the original materials, but Weiter said there is no timeline for how long it will take to archive, digitize and catalog the collection. “We’re not talking a span of months, but years, and not knowing the full extent of the collection yet it’s impossible to say how much it will cost, but certainly over time we’re talking numbers in the six figures.” To try and offset some of the cost, and quickly make public some of the materials that have a high public interest, librarians have entered the 1960’s as a decade of newspaper issues to submit for digitization through the Digital Michigan Newspapers Grant Program at Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
“There’s a local significance and a cultural importance to this collection.