MARCH 10, 2004

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Sooner Magazine digital project launched by OU libraries

Since its inception in 1928, Sooner Magazine has served alumni, friends and affiliates of the University of Oklahoma as a rich source for university history. To provide better access to this history, the magazine is being digitized in its entirety by the University of Oklahoma Libraries. Currently, all issues of Sooner Magazine from 1981 to the present are available online at http://digital/libraries.ou.edu/sooner. Additional years will be posted as they become available.

“I am very pleased to announce the availability of full, online access to the Sooner Magazine, one of the University of Oklahoma’s most treasured resources,” said Sul H. Lee, dean of libraries. “It is a real pleasure to use the University Libraries’ digital capacity to share this historic publication with the university community and the general public. I encourage everyone to use this outstanding resource available through the library Web site.”

Working collaboratively with Carol J. Burr, editor of Sooner Magazine, library staff have scanned and digitized all quarterly issues from cover to cover. To see an article by OU legend Harold Keith, a photo of Monnet Hall or a feature story on President Emeritus George Lynn Cross, simply go to the Sooner Magazine Web site and do a keyword search. Most articles are available online, in full text.

Students in the University Libraries Digitizing and Copying Center have been working on the Sooner Magazine Digital Project for two years. Leisha Mercer, OU junior comments, “Digitizing Sooner Magazine has been a fun project, and I’ve developed a real sense of OU’s history by working on it. Sometimes I’ll be walking to class and recognize the name of a building, and now I know the history behind the relationship that person had with OU. Having Sooner Magazine available online makes OU’s history more accessible.”

“Nearly every day Sooner Magazine is queried about some person or event in OU history that we might have featured – all the way back to 1928,” Burr said. “Since the magazine has never been indexed, responding to those requests is nearly impossible. The information is there; we just have had difficulty accessing it. The OU Libraries’ digitization project has performed a great service.”

The University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc., the publisher of Sooner Magazine, supported purchase of the digitization equipment, and it will be used to digitize other publications when the Sooner Magazine Digital Project is completed.

Sooner Magazine issues from l928 to 1972 will be posted on the library Web site as they are digitized. The complete index for Sooner Magazine is available on the Web site. Bound copies of the original Sooner Magazine are available at Bizzell Memorial Library.

CONTACT: Debra Engel, University Libraries, 1-405-325-2611