The Center for Arkansas History and Culture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received $20,360 to digitize and make searchable issues of the Oxford American, a quarterly literary publication based in Little Rock, Arkansas, that showcases the best southern writing. The center will digitize 106 issues of the publication from Spring 1992 to Fall 2019. Additionally, the center will perform optical character recognition of the text, a process that allows users to actively search content in the digital copy of the printed publication.
The project will be completed in the center’s Digital Services Lab, a comprehensive state-of-the-art technology space that provides digitization and born-digital processing services. The space is equipped with audio, video, photograph, and document digitization spaces along with a space specifically for processing digital materials.
“We are pleased to partner with this outstanding publication to promote a better understanding of southern culture,” Dr. Deborah Baldwin, director of the center said. “Our Digital Services Lab is not only a value to the university, but also to the community.”
The six-month project will digitize a total of 13,580 pages. Each digital copy of the publication will be produced in a high-quality image format.