Thanks to the Plattsmouth High School and several other donors, the Plattsmouth High School yearbooks from 1948-2014 were digitized!
The library and the Plattsmouth High School partnered with OCI, an Oklahoma company, to digitize the yearbooks. OCI offered its services for free. The yearbooks were loaned to OCI for digitization, then returned to the owners. The entire process took about six weeks.
Anyone can look through the digitized yearbooks on a public computer in the library. In the meantime, library staff is investigating copyright issues related to making the yearbooks available from the library's website and related to individuals who want to make copies of the disks.
On April 24, 2015, the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation received its second $5,000 grant from Midlands Community Foundation to continue its digitization of the Plattsmouth Journal. This award brings the total funds raised to $55,058.65 or nearly 57% of the $95,802 goal! Funds have come from the Nebraska State Records Board ($23,742), Midlands Community Foundation ($10,000 over two years), the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation ($2,000), the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library ($3,000 over two years), the Plattsmouth Community Foundation in 2013 and 2014 ($3,000 over two years), and donations received by the Library from individuals or groups (over $13,000).
The cost to digitize the entire collection of Plattsmouth newspapers at the library, 1865-2008, is approximately $95,802. The library has already had 100 reels of microfilm dated 1865-April 1979 digitized and some of the data has been incorporated into the Nebraska Newspapers project hosted by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Because standards set by the Library of Congress are being used, the Plattsmouth newspapers can be incorporated into the Nebraska project and considered for inclusion in Chronicling America, a national database of digital newspapers hosted by the Library of Congress.
By converting the Plattsmouth newspapers on microfilm to a digital format, they will be accessible on the Internet and can be searched online from any computer with Internet access. You won't have to know the date an article was published in order to find any information like you do with microfilm. With a digital format, you can search the newspapers by keyword, just like you do on Google. The digital format also allows you to access the newspapers from home and print them from home if you have a printer.
If you would like to donate to this project, there are two ways you can help. One way is to donate to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation, 401 Avenue A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048; every dollar helps us reach our goal sooner. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so your donations are tax-deductible.
The second way you can help is to donate old newspapers which are missing from the microfilm reels. The library has created lists of the issues that are missing from The Plattsmouth Journal, the Plattsmouth News-Herald, and the Plattsmouth Daily Herald. If you find any of the needed issues, please let us know. You can either donate them to the library or you can loan them to us until they are microfilmed by the Nebraska State Historical Society, then they would be returned to you. We hope you can contribute to the success of this project. We look forward to hearing from you!
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