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University of Oklahoma class to digitize genealogy archives

June Abbas, a University of Oklahoma professor, and her class have elected to digitize many of the Cleveland County Genealogical Society Library archives.
By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Published: April 27, 2014

The Cleveland County Genealogical Society Library was founded July 15, 1990, and has approximately 5,000 books and publications from most of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Researchers also have access to information on Cleveland County and other Oklahoma counties, the Twin Territories, the State of Oklahoma, and various Native American tribes.

Another collection contains documents submitted by 161 early Cleveland County families with marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, homestead papers and land records, cemetery records and some photos. However, very little of the archival collection is digitized.

June Abbas, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, has selected this collection to be digitized by her Digital Collections class students. The purpose of the Digital Collections class is to present an introduction to the creation and development of digital collections, technical requirements for storage and dissemination of digital materials.

Students will explore a variety of techniques and technologies for digitizing materials; evaluate the strengths and limitations of current efforts in creating, collecting and organizing digital materials; and explore the different opportunities and challenges of digital libraries, repositories and archives. The class also will create an online database.

Abbas has divided her class into six teams:

1. The User Liaison Team to work with both the class and the Cleveland County Genealogical Society library.

2. The Interface Team to develop the interface and navigation for the digital collection.

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