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Northshore December 2018

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72 DECEMBER 2018 / I N - D E P T H / looking out the window of my house on Chestnut Street—all of the people who built these houses have documents in the Phillips Library. ey gave them to the [then] Essex Library because that is where you put Salem's history." Seger notes extensive subscriptions that are getting in the way of student access to the library's holdings. She does, however, give credit to Childs for taking up the cause. "He has said some good things—like we need to digitize more and we need to take down these paywalls. I take him at his word. I know he believes in the centralization in Rowley, but I think IN THE KNOW DIGITIZING THE COLLECTION: A STATUS UPDATE + To digitize the works in its collection, PEM is working with a consultant with extensive experience in digitizing research library collections, and has joined two organizations—Digital Commonwealth, a consortium of Massachusetts libraries, and Internet Archive, a national consortium of research libraries—to help inform the process. Additionally, it is in the process of acquiring equipment that will enable the digitizing of more fragile materials on-site. And finally, it is working with a subcommittee of Salem's Preservation Partners to identify priority items for digitization. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JARED CHARNEY Donna Segar is a professor and chair of Salem State's History Department.

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