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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Independent Digitization Project Available Online

Scanned images of The Independent are now available at the Matawan Aberdeen Public Library website. Images can be browsed by year or searched via an online database search engine. The search engine REQUIRES that you choose a publication and date range, and of course you must add keywords to search.

The search engine, provided by the digitization company IDI, has a few issues that need to be resolved. For one thing, it contains only The Independent, not The Matawan Journal, so when you are asked to select a publication, only The Independent appears. A user must return to the MAPL website and start over to use The Journal by year or via a separate search tool. That's not very helpful. Also, the search tool sometimes errors out. In such cases, the date range drop down menu won't appear. This requires that a user go back to MAPL website and start over. The seach engine will not let you go back to select a publication and re-select The Independent. And it does not provide a link back to the MAPL website.

Following up on an October blog article, MAPL, Middletown, and Monmouth County public libraries have all made significant financial contributions to the cost of this digitization project and the project is fully paid for.

1 comment:

  1. Cool, thank you for the tip. I just found some interesting articles in the June 1997 editions of the Independent.