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Historical NMSU student newspapers go digital

As New Mexico State University's student run newspaper, The Round-Up and its predecessor, The New Mexico Collegian become digitized and searchable online, a celebration is being planned to mark the event from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, on the fourth floor of Branson Library on the NMSU campus.

In 2009, due to the increasing fragility of the original newspapers, NMSU Library had to restrict access to the newspapers and was no longer able to permit photocopying of the early issues. Because of the newspapers' local and regional historical value, the NMSU Library committed to raising funds to digitize the newspapers.

"Restricting access to this kind of historical information is detrimental to researchers," said NMSU Library Development Officer Kristina Martinez. "The digitization project was extremely important because of the fragility of the original newspapers and the history contained within them. Now that they are all available in a digital format, anyone can use them anytime and anywhere via the Web."

To fund this digital initiative the library sought out private donors who were former editors of the student newspaper to donate to the project. In addition, NMSU Library asked ASNMSU to partner with them by funding a portion of the project. Grant funds were also identified and obtained.

As a result of the library staff's efforts as well as the generous contributions from organizations and individuals, historical issues of both The New Mexico Collegian and The Round Up from 1893-1999 are now searchable online and can be viewed at http://libcgi.nmsu.edu:8080/RoundUp/jsp/index.jsp

The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, or to RSVP please call 575-646-1508 or e-mail Kristina Martinez at krismart@nmsu.edu.