Going Digital: Archived school publications posted online

Published 7:00 pm Friday, June 7, 2013

Copiah Lincoln Community College has taken steps to digitize many of its archived publications, including past editions of the Trillium yearbook.

The electronically scanned yearbooks are available for viewing on Co-Lin’s website. The web collection of archived documents also includes copies of the student literary magazine, past academic catalogs and presidential reports, among other school documents.

The collection yearbook reached back to the early days of the college, with the earliest book available dated 1925.

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The oldest records in the digital archive are from 1917, when Co-Lin was Copiah-Lincoln Agricultural High School.

Co-Lin President Ronnie Nettles briefed the college’s board of trustees about the project Thursday afternoon during the board’s monthly meeting.

Nettles told the board much of the college’s history has been collected into archives over the year, and he’s glad much of that history is now accessible to the community and to alumni.

“We’ve had a great response from people that graduated in the 1950s and may have lost their yearbook,” the school president said Thursday.

The electronic archive can be accessed through the Library page on Co-Lin’s website.

The digitization process was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitation Collaborative and supported by a Sloan Foundation grant.

Board members also heard a report on summer enrollment numbers from Co-Lin’s Vice President of Instructional Services Jane Hulon.

According to early enrollment reports, a total of 1,124 students across Co-Lin’s three campuses are participating in a summer term.

Once the current total enrollment numbers are audited, they may indicate a small decrease in summer enrollment over last year, Hulon indicated.

However, fulltime summer enrollment may come out higher than last year.

“The students we do have are taking more hours, so we’re glad of that,” Hulon said.

The numbers for the accelerated Maymester term are looking stronger, however, though a final call can’t be made until a final audit is made of many how students actually finished the most recent May term.

Unaudited numbers show the most recent Maymester had an enrollment of 180, while final numbers from last year indicated enrollment of 134.

“The intensive Maymester term is becoming more popular,” Hulon said.