Journal Retrospective Available as Digital Collection

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia has recently digitized and made available online the full run of two journal publications produced here over the past 50 years. Subsidized by a grant from the Sloan Foundation, in collaboration with the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative, the “West Georgia College Studies in the Social Sciences” and the “West Georgia College Review” are now available on the web.

Studies in the Social Sciences began in 1962 as a venue for a series of lectures sponsored by the college’s Adult Education department and the Social Sciences division of the college. The first issue focused on Communism, a popular concern in the Cold War years after World War II. The annual journal was published nearly continuously until 2005.

The Review, beginning in 1968, featured unpublished scholarly and creative writing from the college faculty. Its intent was to encourage faculty research, and to make available to an expanding audience the results of that academic activity. The first issue featured articles titled “Why Clad Coins?,” “Geographic Factors of Office Building Location,” and “Atticus G. Haygood: Social Critic of the New South.” The annual review was published nearly continuously until 1995.

Through a collaborative partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover-to-cover. Researchers can chose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF, or search the full text version. To view the collections, visit http://www.archive.org/details/universityofwestgeorgia.

“This project allowed us to make these journals available to a much broader audience of researchers at a nominal cost to us. Requests for interlibrary loan can be eliminated with this availability,” according to Suzanne Durham, Head of Special Collections at Ingram Library. She also noted the convenience of digitizing through the collaboration with LYRASIS.  If you have any questions about this project and the works digitized, please contact Ms. Durham at sdurham@westga.edu.