I came to the University of Glasgow from the Ecole Nationale des Chartes in Paris in January 2010 to study as an Erasmus student on the Information Management and Preservation course at the Humanities and Advanced Technological Institute (HATII). Once I’d completed the semester there I started working as a Student Exchange Archivist at Archive Services in June and have been involved in planning and developing the Glasgow Guardian Digital Archive project since then.
The aim of the project was to provide a website with searchable digital editions of the Gilmorehill Globe, Gilmorehill Guardian and Glasgow University Guardian, popular student newspapers which are a wonderful resource for student life at the University and the development of student journalism.
My mission was to find a solution to display the digitised pages of the Glasgow University Guardians online, and to plan the project in a 4 month timeframe. This was a collaborative project funded generously by the University’s Chancellor’s Fund, Friends of the University Library and Students’ Representative Council, and I worked closely with colleagues from the University Library and the Humanities and Advanced Technological Institute (HATII).
I found the reflection and planning part quite challenging because a good balance had to be found between the technical aspects, the scientific requirements and the reality of the deadlines. My first task was to encode the collection descriptions using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) in order to enrich the catalogue online. This work was very interesting and helped me to gain a better knowledge and understanding of the collection.
The second phase of my work was to develop the web application to enable full text searches in the collection and to display the results as digital images. This technical part was also a huge challenge and thanks to the support I got during the past four months I have been able to achieve my goal and complete the first phase of the web application.
I believe this experience helped me to develop my technical knowledge and skills in the field of digital archiving and web publication and it has been an enjoyable placement overall.
I hope this new website will be of use to those interested in researching the development of the Glasgow University Guardian student newspaper and for understanding student life at Glasgow University from 1932 to the present day.
The Glasgow Guardian Digital Archive can be accessed via computers in the Archive Services searchroom. To make an appointment or to find out more please contact the Duty Archivist.
Sarah Cadorel, Student Exchange Archivist