Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections has launched an initiative to preserve and make accessible the websites of local organizations and businesses. The library’s web archive processes content and webpages, which become fully searchable and accessible when they are captured.
The program creates snapshots of selected websites at regular time intervals to capture and preserve culturally and historically significant information significant to Delaware County.
Archivists from Ball State have added more than 100 webpages from local organizations including nonprofits, cultural organizations, social and political groups, service organizations and clubs, health service and educational institutions, civic and government entities and small businesses.
“Historical information is not just in print or paper form anymore; it is more than something physical,” says Sarah Allison, a library archivist. “It is on the web, and we are going to preserve it.”