Greater Media archives now available at Mat-Ab library
BY JACQUELINE HLAVENKA
December 22, 2010
MATAWAN — The borough’s hometown newspaper is now available through a digital archive at the Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library (MAPL).
The Independent, the newspaper of record for the Bayshore section of Monmouth County, has been digitized from March 1972 through March 2000 on the MAPL website.
“It’s fully operational and it’s fully searchable, which is a wonderful detail,” Kimberly L. Paone, library director of the Matawan- Aberdeen Public Library, said in an interview. “People are definitely using it. I’m receiving comments and compliments about the search engine, and just having access to that information is really helpful for our community.”
The library partnered with the Middletown Township Public Library and the Monmouth County Library System for the $30,000 digital imaging project.
“It is our hometown paper, and it is really what people are looking for,” Paone said. “We saw the greatest need for putting The Independent in digital form.”
The library worked with Innovative Document Imaging (IDI) of East Brunswick to transfer paper copies of the Independent into digital images.
“We at Matawan had all the back issues of the Independent newspaper, which is rare,” Paone said.
The MAPL also worked with IDI on the digitization of the Matawan Journal, the newspaper that preceded the Independent.
“The technology has advanced as such that the digitized Independent is of a much better quality because the process was done on actual newspapers, not from microfilm,” Paone said. “We were able to get much better images. A lot of libraries are getting away from microfilm and those kinds of offerings and really want to move more toward digitized and electronic resources.”
The Independent is part of Greater Media Newspapers, a group of 10 community newspapers serving Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The Independent covers the communities of Matawan, Aberdeen, Hazlet, Keyport, Holmdel and Middletown.
The newspaper archive is available at the library, 165 Main St., and on the MAPL website at http://matawan.ididigital.
com/index.cgi?level=2& pub_title=The%2 0Independent.