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50 years of island newspapers digitally preserved at SPL

By Staff | Apr 6, 2011

Looking for a little local history? The Sanibel Public Library can take you back in time to 1961. The library has digitally preserved three island newspapers — Island Reporter, Sanibel-Captiva Islander and Island Sun — dating from 1961 through 2010 through Digi-Find It.

Digi-Find It is a web-based interface which allows one to search digitalized archived files. The preservation process results in a photographic version of the original newspapers, which can be printed out. Accessible from within the Sanibel Public Library only, patrons can perform data searches on local history by event, date, person’s name or keyword, similar to a Google search.

Digi-Find It is a great resource in looking up past island events or finding local historical information. For example, you can search “lighthouse” or “causeway” and find all of the information the local papers reported on during a specified time. Digi-Find It makes it easy to track local trends over time and compare “then” and “now.”

Stop by the Reference Area of the Sanibel Public Library and try Digi-Find It for yourself.

Factoid: The recent addition of 2010 newspapers to Digi-Find It consisted of 6 GB of new data, which is the equivalent of a 180 volume encyclopedia.

For additional information, visit www.sanlib.org or call 472-2483.