With funds from the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Philadelphia University’s Paul J. Gutman Library undertook the digitization of its extensive postcard collection. With funding by the LSTA was competitive, the project was an educational experience for the many students who worked on it under the direction of the project manager, Special Collections Development Librarian Stan Gorski. They learned how to scan, create meta-tags and catalogue over 1,000 early 20th-century postcards that feature the environment and architecture of Philadelphia.
A presentation by Gorski on May 28 following an introduction by Library Director Kathleen Mulroy, showcased the Library’s newly designed digital gallery web portal that will allow visitors to access the collection. The portal link is available to campus users at www.PhilaU.edu/Library/DigitalCollections. The portal was designed by Assistant Professor of Digital Design Sherman Finch.
Also available via the portal are images and descriptions of many of the historic buildings on the Philadelphia University campus and an extensive digital collection of Victorian-era trade cards produced by and depicting textile-industry companies and topics.
A reception preceded the presentation and was attended by honored guests Mary Bert and Alvin Gutman, Library donors. The Library is named in memory of their son, Paul J. Gutman.