University of Scranton PR Publications and Press Releases Collection Guide

University of Scranton PR Publications and Press Releases

Collection Guide

Summary

Abstract
Press releases and serial publications from the University of Scranton Public Relations Office and Division of External Affairs. Serials include alumni magazines (Scranton Journal, Alumni Magazine, Alum News), community newsletter Scranton Record, and research update Ignite.
Relation
Subset of University of Scranton Archives
Source
University of Scranton. Division of External Affairs
Creator(s)
University of Scranton. Division of External Affairs
Date Range
1960s - Present
Language(s)
English

Access and Use

Digital Access

Most born digital and digitized publications are publicly available online. In some cases, at the request of the Division of External Affairs, recent issues of publications may be temporarily embargoed to direct users to another web version of the issue.

Physical Access

Print materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.

Rights

Publications are generally under the copyright of the University of Scranton. These materials are publicly available for personal, educational use. Please contact the University Archives staff for permission for other uses.

Preferred Citation

[Article Title], [Publication Title], [Volume or Date of Issue], University of Scranton Archives. [Reference URL for digital items]

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Contents

Scope and Content Note

This collection of materials from the University of Scranton's Public Relations office (part of the Division of External Affairs) includes University Press Releases as well as issues of serial publications, including alumni magazines (Scranton Journal, Alumni Magazine, Alum News), community newsletter Scranton Record, and research update Ignite.

System of Arrangement

Digital materials are arranged by publication and described at the issue level.

Inventory

Press Releases

Press Releases have traditionally been printed and distributed to media outlets, but beginning in 2000, they were also published digitally on the University's website. This collection currently holds an incomplete but growing number of digitized and born digital releases dated 1971 - 2014. Recent releases dated August 2008 - present are available on the current University website and are captured regularly for preservation in the University of Scranton Web Archives.

Alum News

The Alum News was a publication of the University's Alumni Society from 1951 to 1959 and 1970 to 1978. At this time, no full issues have been digitized; however, a handful of individual clippings have been digitized and are available (to on-campus users only) in the University of Scranton Newspaper Clippings collection.

  • Audience: Alumni
  • Frequency: Four times per year
  • Dates of Publication: 1951-1959, 1970-1978
  • Dates Available - Print: 1951-1959, 1970-1978 (sporadic)

Alumni Magazine

The Alumni Magazine was a publication of the University's Alumni Society from 1959 to 1970. It was generally published four times per year, with Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring numbers. At this time, only three issues from 1968 have been digitized.

  • Audience: Alumni
  • Frequency: Four times per year
  • Dates of Publication: 1959-1970
  • Dates Available - Print: 1959-1964, 1969 (sporadic)
  • Dates Available - Digital: 1959 (partial issue), 1968

Scranton Journal

The Scranton Journal, a magazine for University of Scranton alumni, began publication in 1979 and continues today. According to editor John A. Coyle '77 in the first issue, the Scranton Journal was "more than an update on the changing lives of University alumni. The Scranton Journal represents an effort on the part of the editorial staff to extend the halls of learning... into the homes of those who have already passed through these halls."

  • Audience: Alumni
  • Frequency: Three times per year
  • Dates of Publication: Spring 1979 - Present
  • Dates Available - Print: Spring 1979 - Present
  • Dates Available - Digital: 1999 - Present (most)
    • Note: Recent issues are embargoed for two years, at the request of the Division of External Affairs
    • Note: Recent issues dated 2012 - present are also available on the University website

Scranton Record

The Scranton Record, a newsletter for the University community, served as the University administration's "official monthly periodical... designed to provide the University administration with a method of communicating directly with students, faculty, and staff, as well as the surrounding community." Issues were distributed on campus and mailed to parents, donors, and other community members. Its initial run was 5,000 copies, with 4,000 distributed on campus and 1,000 sent to local officials, local businesses, other universities, trustees, and benefactors. The Record ceased publication in April 2009, having been superseded by the email newsletter Royal News, which began in 2001.

  • Audience: University Community
  • Frequency: Monthly (1988 - 2005), twice per semester (2005 - 2009)
  • Dates of Publication: November 1988 - April 2009
  • Dates Available - Print: November 1988 - April 2009
  • Dates Available - Digital: November 1988 - April 2009

Ignite

Ignite highlights University of Scranton faculty and student research. It was published on a semesterly basis from 2010-2014.

  • Audience: Public
  • Frequency: Semesterly
  • Dates of Publication: 2010 - 2014
  • Dates Available - Print: 2010 - 2014
  • Dates Available - Digital: 2010 - 2014 (most)

Acquisition Information

Born digital publications are submitted to the University Archives by the Division of External Affairs. Digital publications are also harvested from University of Scranton websites on a semesterly basis.

Contributions from University departments may be solicited to address gaps in the publication record. Please contact the University Archives if you have an issue that we are missing.


Processing Notes

Digitization

Print issues of most publications are digitized in-house. Digital images are captured in TIFF format, at 300 dpi, 24-bit color. Derivative PDFs are prepared for publication and access. Searchable text is generated via automated optical character recognition (OCR).

Print issues of the Scranton Record were digitized in 2006 by OCLC Preservation Services. Digital images were captured from microfilm at 300 dpi, bitonal color. Derivative PDFs were prepared from master TIFF images for publication and access. These issues were initially prepared for display and access using the Olive software platform.

Print press releases are digitized in-house, either by the Library or by the Division of External Affairs. Digital images are captured in PDF format at 300 dpi, 24-bit color. Searchable text is generated via automated optical character recognition (OCR).

Personal telephone numbers and addresses have been redacted from digitized press releases to protect privacy of current and former staff and students.

Harvesting

Metadata from this collection is exposed via Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Known, active harvests include: