What started out as a conversation among Ohio University faculty and administrators interested in incorporating the University’s history into students’ academic journey as a means of encouraging them to reflect on their own OHIO experience has resulted in a website offering an interactive digital history of this 211-year-old institution.
University College and University Libraries recently debuted “An Introduction to Ohio University,” a web-based, multi-media project that documents the University’s rich and distinct history – from its humble beginnings in the wilderness of the Ohio Country through its post-World War II rise to prominence.
The project, led by Sara Harrington, head of Arts & Archives for University Libraries, also included a partnership with a team of students in the School of Media Arts & Studies. MDIA students helped to breathe life into different primary documents through voice-overs, providing audio to accompany the text contained in the personal letters and diary entries featured on the site. The students were led by Kyle P. Snyder, a Lecturer in Ohio University’s School of Media Arts & Studies and the Scripps College of Communication.
“We have a lot of tremendously interesting historical materials,” Harrington said. “This project provided us a different way of contextualizing it because it has the story of the history of the University around it.”
Excerpts from Ohio University Compass Article