Several years ago, The Islander was invited to take part in a digital newspaper pilot project with the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
We started by sending all the electronically produced copies of the newspaper to library technicians, who then included The Islander — from 2005 forward — in the library database.
Next, we donated our collection of printed newspapers covering the beginning, from the first edition in 1992 up to the electronic era of 2005. It took a few years, but it’s all on the UofF digital library site now, all searchable by key word, name or date.
It’s simple, easy and available 24/7.
This prompted us to reduce our storage of dead newspapers — what we publishers call a “morgue.”
The next step in our quest to be the “best” news on Anna Maria Island is a digital photo library. Soon, you’ll be able to find archived photos going back to the first editions of The Islander preserved on the state’s website, Floridamemory.com.
Kids at school, news photos, pictures from events and the hallmarks in the lives of islanders.
As for now, there’s 21 years, 52 weeks a year, cover to back, the complete collection of The Islander, online.
You’ll find The Islander at the UofF library among the digital stacks, now and into the future. Weekly.