1. Scan ~60 years (1943-2002) of newsprint papers.
2. Process scanned images.
3. Submit digital products for papers from 1943 through 1963 to Library of Congress and for all papers (1937 to present, newly scanned and born digital) to the Internet Archive.
4. Properly store the newsprint originals after scanning using archival techniques and materials.
Step 1. Paper Preparation: GAP volunteers
Remove the newspapers from the plastic sleeves in which they were stored, select the 'best' copy of each issue (when there are multiple copies to choose from), verify the page count and note any condition issues that the person doing the scanning should be aware of (e.g., paper torn along fold). Place the selected copies in chronological order in archival boxes.
STATUS: COMPLETED ON FEBRUARY 28, 2019!
Step 2. Digitize papers: UMD contractor (1937-1963), UMD student (1964-2001 )
Scan issues page by page, correct image skew, apply optical character recognition, save individual pages in TIFF format, group and save pages of an issue as a PDF, create metadata.
STATUS: COMPLETED FEBRUARY 2021!
Step 3. Perform QC checks of new PDFs, re-box (in archival boxes) newsprint originals: GAP volunteers
STATUS: In progress, done in March 2021?
Step 4. Upload to Library of Congress and Internet Archive: UMD digital librarian or student
STATUS: 1937-2020 upload to IA completed February 2021, LoC upload still pending