Many members of the Centre College community consider the years they spent at their alma mater some of the best of their lives, and looking back on the memories they created on campus can be a fun and informative experience. Now, Centre students, faculty and staff can contribute those memories to a repository of images and stories called Centre Now, a new digital resource created by the Grace Doherty Library.
“This database is a historical archive of the student experience captured microscopically at the campus level but also more broadly as affected by national and/or international events,” says Associate Director of Library Services and Director of Public Services Carrie Frey. “We really want this to be a place that all campus partners can upload pictures, commentaries and creative works that document their time at Centre.”
The idea of creating a platform where the Centre community could contribute images and items related to their experiences at the College came about last fall and quickly expanded.
“The library staff originally developed Centre Now right after the 2016 election in an effort to capture some student, faculty and staff responses and perspectives regarding the issues the election raised on our campus and across the nation,” Frey explains. “However, we quickly realized that Centre Now should capture more than one moment in time for Centre constituents.”
Frey and her colleagues hope that Centre Now will act as a kind of digital yearbook—not just for those currently in the Centre community but also with future generations, just as the yearbooks held in the library archives do now.
“We have had so many students bemoan the fact that there is no longer a Centre yearbook,” Frey says, referencing the fact that the last year the College published a yearbook was 2006.
“We have seen so many students really touch history when they experience our physical yearbook archives and see stories and pictures of previous attendees at Centre,” she continues. “We hope that Centre Now will help to document student, faculty and staff experiences and become a digital yearbook.”
Thus far, photos have been submitted of events on Centre’s campus as well as off-campus events the community participated in, along with pictures of staff members in different departments.
“We would love to have more participation and folks uploading their experiences,” Frey says.
Contributions to Centre Now—including images, stories, commentaries, creative works, not just about life at Centre but about life at this moment in general—can be made by students, faculty and staff, either specified or anonymously, directly on the Centre Now website.
Frey invites anyone with questions about Centre Now to contact her directly.
Above: This image of a Centre student hard at work in the science lab originally appeared in the 1967 yearbook.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
February 15, 2017