CACHE (College Academic and Historical Experience) - the new digital archive of College documents, faculty publications, and student work - gathers the historical and intellectual output of the College in a searchable online collection that will be preserved for years to come.

It includes all seven published College histories, and researchers can search within each book for a word or phrase. The digital archive also features student theses, faculty publications, and student presentations and posters. Student and faculty research is permanently archived in one stable location, making it accessible to researchers on and off campus. Creating an online presence for College scholarship also showcases the international prominence of our faculty both individually and collectively.

Another advantage of CACHE is its ability to centralize student work. Student SIPs are currently scattered across campus, housed in each academic department. CACHE gathers student SIPs in a central location and makes them available to current students as examples of previous student research.

Through CACHE, researchers and genealogists worldwide are now able to access materials from the Kalamazoo College Archives, which contains valuable collections related to the history and culture of the College and Michigan. The Kalamazoo College Archives collections in CACHE feature student newspapers, alumni magazines, catalogs, yearbooks, and other documents of historical significance, as well as materials relating to the 175th anniversary of the College. Soon to be added are letters and journals by T.Z.R. Jones and E.J. Fish, two 19th-century Baptist ministers and early supporters of Kalamazoo College, which describe pioneer life in pre-statehood Michigan. Collections include more than documents - audio of the College fight song, alma mater, and Chapel bells are available in the digital archive.

As a method of preservation, CACHE helps to ensure long-term access to scholarship and historical documents, keeping this material accessible - and often immediately usable - far into the future.

Authors retain copyright for works added to CACHE and only give Kalamazoo College the ability to make the work available on the site. Some collections in CACHE are open to the public, while others are accessible only to current students, faculty, and staff due to copyright restrictions. Student theses, for example, are only
Creating an online presence for College scholarship showcases the international prominence of our faculty both individually and collectively.
available to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff, while researchers around the globe can access photographs from the College Archives and other historical documents.

CACHE is made possible by DSpace, software developed jointly by MIT and Hewlett-Packard, and NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education), a non-profit organization that advances learning through digital technologies. Kalamazoo College and twenty-five other NITLE-member colleges use DSpace software to power the digital archive, while NITLE provides training and support.

CACHE can be accessed through the web at:

CACHE is growing, and we are always looking for more materials to add. If you have SIPs, yearbooks, catalogs, or other items of interest, contact or Library Director Stacy Nowicki at 269-337-5750.

Pictured are three members of the team that made CACHE available (l-r): Stacy Nowicki, Library Director; Heidi Butler, College Archivist, and Kathryn Lightcap, Graphics/Media Designer.

by Stacy Nowicki

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