TMP & Marian Classes of 1971 Digitization Project
Class of ’71,
We are continuing to get donations for the newspaper and yearbook digitization project.
We have almost half of the required funding with just a small percentage of classmates responding. Those who have contributed to the project to date are:
|Gerard 1971 & Deborah 1973 (Graf) Bieker||Wichita, KS|
|Kenneth 1971 R. & Sheri Billinger||Carrollton, GA|
|David (Dave) 1971 & Joan 1971 (Giebler) Dunn||Hays, KS|
|Kendall (Ken) 1971 M. Klaus||Wichita, KS|
|Kendall (Ken) 1971 M. Klaus||Wichita, KS|
|Chris & Bess 1971 (Lippert) McCarty||Victoria, KS|
|Jim & Chris 1971 (Rohleder) McNiece||Wichita, KS|
|Diane 1971 Pfeifer||Kansas City, MO|
|Brad Catt & RaNell 1971 Ruder||Salina, KS|
|William 1971 J. & Paula Robben||Pampa, TX|
|Rose Ann 1971 Rohleder||Wichita, KS|
|Douglas (Doug) 1971 R. & Brenda Roth||Wichita, KS|
|Karma 1971 Ruder||Ellensburg, WA|
|Lawrence (Larry) 1971 & Annette 1969 (Schmidt) Schaffer||Hays, KS|
|Allen 1971 C. & Ellen Schmidt||Hays, KS|
|Erma 1971 Schmidt||Lenexa, KS|
|Ronald 1971 A. & Susan Speier||Lenexa, KS|
|Lucy 1971 (Dome) Straily||Manhattan, KS|
We would like to update you on the activities relating to class projects we discussed supporting at the 40th reunion. This included a digitization of material in the TMP-Marian library archives and a handicap lift chair.
First, the lift chair had various options that were investigated and cost estimates obtained. These ranged from approximately $9,000 for a “portable wheelchair trac-lift” to over $47,000 for a stair lift to be installed in the stair well next to the cafeteria. Meetings were held with TMP administrators and committee members, and it was recommended we not proceed. As you may have heard, TMP-Marian has completed the elevator project, and we would like to thank those in our class who chose to support this alternative.
Dave Dunn has spent a lot of hours researching the options for the digitalization project. The cost for having it done on site looks prohibitive, so we are leaning towards the option of sending the material to the vendor for scanning, digitization, and cataloging. Below is an overview of the project.
Project: Library Archive Digitization
Description: The library has approximately 5,674 pages of fragile newspapers and 26 pages of a scrapbook they would like digitized. The items range in size up to 14″ x 21″ in page size. The papers and scrapbook will be disbound to single sheets and captured at 300 ppi, 8 bit grayscale. The archival TIFF images will be named using a title, year, month, day and sequential page counter or book ID plus sequential counter The TIFFs will be used to create searchable pdf files.
These newspapers go back to the 1930’s up to the present. These pages would be created to be searchable pdf files so anyone could search for – say their name – and all instances of that search will show up. At least that is how we perceive it to work. These pages will be stored on the Internet, making it available for anyone to view and search at any time.
The estimated cost for the approximately 5700 pages is $4962. This is only a start to the items needing digitization, but gives the school a head start and other classes can carry on with future projects.
The committee would like your thoughts on this project. If you have additional questions, let us know. We will move forward if the class would like to fund this endeavor.
So I am sending out this reminder to you so that we can surpass our goal and get this project finalized. Please send donations to TMP-Marian Alumni office, and make sure you note on the check or in a letter that your donation is for the Class of 1971 Library Digitization Project. Or, make your secure, tax-deductible contribution with your credit card right now via Paypal!
If we pull this all together as a class, it won’t be very hard at all to gather the amount we will need to digitize not only the yearbooks and newspaper, but also any other historical texts that our funding can afford.
The Class of 1971 was a great class then and we still are. Let’s do this! You may have noticed in the December 2014 Monogram that our class has the most donors to the St. Thomas More Society of all the classes. We are making an impact on future generations of Catholic leaders. Let’s finish this project as well!
Class of 1971 Digitization Project Committee: Dave Dunn, Joan Dunn, Allen Schmidt, Ken Billinger, and anyone who wants to help.
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