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Posted on: January 31, 2019

City 'rescues' history with UNT digitization grant

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The University of North Texas Libraries recently awarded a $1,000 Rescuing Texas History grant to the City of Lakeway for digitization of historical materials on the university’s Portal to Texas History.

In applying for the grant, the Lakeway Heritage Committee selected for digitization two Lakeway history books – Byron Varner’s “Lakeway: The First 25 Years” and Lewis Carlson’s “Lakeway: A Hill Country Community” – and microfilm reels containing several historic newspapers, including a special edition of The Highland Lakes Outdoor Times newspaper that reported the opening of the Lakeway Inn in 1963.

“We are greatly appreciative of the UNT grant for digitization of these publications,” Heritage Committee chairwoman Vickie Taylor said. “It moves forward one of several long term goals of the Lakeway Heritage Committee: ‘protecting historical documents and memorabilia’ that chronicle city history.”

The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to more than 1.2 million rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas that garner about 550,000 views monthly. Created and maintained by the UNT library system, the portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.

Lakeway Heritage Committee member Brian Feldman, center, and Communications Coordinator Devin Monk, right, brought the Lakeway materials to the university on Jan. 18 where Project Development Librarian Jacob Mangum gave them a tour before posing with mascot Scrappy the Eagle for a good read.

Mangum said graduate level students would add the Lakeway books and newspapers to the portal in six to 18 months, depending on how they progress through a sizeable queue.

UNT will scan these materials using optical character recognition (OCR) technology that enables them to convert the text and images captured by a digital camera into editable and searchable data for portal users to find online.

In addition, digital objects are represented in the system with the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) which provides a way to describe the structure of complex digital objects.

UNT Portal to Texas History
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