In January 2004, Dowling College Library's Digitization Committee
began work on Historic Oakdale, an online collection of images designed to document
the history of the Oakdale area and to highlight materials from the Library's
Special Collections. This project represents Dowling's participation in the Long
Island Resources Council's Regional Digitization Program, otherwise known as Long
The images included in the project were taken from postcards
and photographs ranging in age from the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century.
From the great estates to the local gas station, they are meant to capture a bygone
era. Most of the material digitized for the project was drawn from the Library's
Special Collections. The Committee would also like to thank Ray DiMaria and Professor
Stephen Shafer for their donations.
Historic Oakdale is meant to be an expanding
project, and material will be added to it over time. All images may be downloaded
and used for research and private uses.
If you have any questions about the
project, or would like to share any information you have on any of the scenes
depicted, please contact
Chris Kretz (project manager) or
Su Terry (archivist).
Dowling Digitization Committee:
Carlos Pinder, Computer Technician (January - August 2004)
Garrison Terry, Archivist/Librarian
Historic Oakdale is an online collection of images created using
CONTENTdm software from DiMeMa. Materials used in the project were scanned on
an Epson Perfection 2400 Photo scanner at 600 dpi. Images were scanned in color
and saved as TIFF files. From these, display images were created as 150 dpi JPEGs
(compression level 5). Horizontal images were resized to a 640 pixel width, vertical
images to a 600 pixel height to allow easier viewing on lower browser settings.
An unsharp mask was also applied to the images (with settings of: amount 150%,
radius 1.0 pixels, and threshold level 0). All image work was done using Adobe
LONG ISLAND MEMORIES
The Long Island Memories Project
is a collaboration of over 12 libraries,
museums, archives, and historical societies taking part in the Long Island
Library Resources Council's Regional
. The overall aim of the program is to provide online
access to the unique historical and cultural heritage of Long Island as represented
in each institution's collection.