The Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive: Harnessing an open-source platform to host digitized collections online

Jeffrey A. Knapp, Andrew Gearhart, L. Suzanne Kellerman, Linda Klimczyk

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Providing online access to historical newspaper content is a strategic priority for many libraries. As early adopters in hosting an in-house newspaper repository for its own scanned newspapers, Penn State University’s online collection has grown substantially. New systems become necessary over time, however, due to system obsolescence, infrequent vendor upgrades, and maintenance and user needs. This was the case when the University Libraries adopted the open-source “Open ONI” platform in creating its Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive (, replacing its aging Olive Software ActivePaper Archive™ system. This paper chronicles the planning and design phases of the project, the adoption of the “Agile Scrum” project management framework, and the migration processes developed to transfer 450,000 pages of historical legacy newspaper content from a commercial system to an open-source system hosted in-house.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-153
Number of pages11
JournalIFLA Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences

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