The BYU-Idaho Activities Program has developed a program to digitize old school records.
Students who are being trained have volunteered to help train others in indexing the records.
“We are indexing student records that date from the time the university was still Ricks College,” said Jose Meza, the student indexing manager and a senior majoring in international studies.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has participated in work with indexing and family history work. Indexing is a way to organize old records into a digital format, making it an easily accessible document.
That is what the students at BYU-I are planning to do with the old school records.
Meza said this isn’t the first time the school has done this, but what makes it different now is the help of the Service Activities Department.
“With the help of the of Service Activities, it’s saving the school a lot of time and money,” Meza said. “I believe the bigger picture here is that sacred tithes can be reallocated and used to serve greater purposes in this institution.”
Meza also said that there are different incentives that students have for participating such as candy, tickets for shows or dances, and T-shirts.
According to www.byui.edu/activities, there are training sessions to show how to index. To get involved, students have to fill out a form and take a test. They will then get information on where and when to meet. It is recommended that students bring a laptop for the training session.
“This is how the Lord works—through operations carried out by ordinary people,” Meza said. “It’s inspiring to meet kids out here that want to help out because they actually love to serve.”
Students can visit www.byui.edu/activities for more information.