Inside Look: Digitizing a Historic Card Index

  • Sarah Cunningham State Library of Oregon
  • Angela Janelli State Library of Oregon
  • Heather Pitts State Library of Oregon
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Oregon Index Online ( is a resource for discovering information about the news, events, and people who shaped Oregon. It builds on the decades of work that went into creating the physical Oregon Index. This article reviews the methods library staff took to digitize and process nearly 800,000 cards to make the Oregon Index available online.


Note: A new version of this article was posted on Nov. 6, 2020, to include the authors' updated State Library of Oregon email addresses.


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Author Biographies

Sarah Cunningham, State Library of Oregon

Sarah Cunningham is a Cataloging Assistant at the State Library of Oregon. She has been with the State Library for 12 years and held several positions in Technical Services. She’s looking forward to completing her MLIS in December 2020 from San Jose State University School of Information. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, building LEGO sets, and playing video games.

Angela Janelli, State Library of Oregon

Angela Jannelli is the Oregon Documents Specialist at the State Library of Oregon. She has worked at the State Library for 10 years and holds an MLIS from the University of Washington. Outside of work, she loves gardening, playing the harp, and raising foster kittens.

Heather Pitts, State Library of Oregon

Heather Pitts is the Cataloging Services Librarian at the State Library of Oregon. She has worked at the State Library for 11 years. She holds an M.L.S. from Emporia State University. She enjoys reading, watching cooking shows, and knitting or crocheting.

How to Cite
Cunningham, S., Janelli, A., & Pitts, H. (2020). Inside Look: Digitizing a Historic Card Index. OLA Quarterly, 26(2), 34-39.