First edition, Provo Herald

On May 24, 2019, the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library announced it has digitized 100 years of published editions of the Provo Herald, now known as the Daily Herald. 

U of U library digitizes the Daily Herald

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library announced this week it has digitized 100 years of editions of the Provo Herald, the paper known today as the Daily Herald. The archive is now available online and free to the public as part of the Utah Digital Newspapers online repository, one of the largest digitization efforts the library has completed to date.

The project includes editions from 1909-2009. According to a press release from the university, the paper was published three times a week until 1921, when it began to be published five days a week. The daily edition began publishing in 1939 and is still published today.

“The primary advantage of digitization is that every page of every issue is keyword-searchable, a feature that cannot be replicated in print or on microfilm,” Tina Kirkham, Digital Library Project manager, said. “Having it available online also means that the newspapers are freely accessible to the public-those residing in Utah as well as throughout the world.”

The first issue of the Herald, printed on January 2, 1909, is labeled “Volume 12, No. 1,” because the paper’s predecessor, the Utah County Democrat, was issued from the same office beginning in 1898.

Rocky Mountain Power to support Facebook center

Solar company First Solar announced Thursday they will build a solar plant facility in Iron County to support Facebook’s Eagle Mountain data center. The company is currently working on their first facility supporting a Facebook data center in Oregon, the “58-MW Cove Mountain project.”

The Utah facility will be the “122-MW Cove Mountain 2” solar plant and will support the Eagle Mountain data center through a power purchase agreement, or PPA, with Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. The facility will be built near the town of Enterprise in Iron County and is scheduled to begin operations in 2020.

Bank is first in Canada to use Utah fintech tool

Last week, Lehi-based financial technology company MX announced that Meridian became the first Canadian financial institution to begin using MX’s new, self-guided financial wellness tool Pulse. Meridian is the largest credit union in Ontario and the third largest in Canada. It is also the parent company of Canada’s newest digital bank, motusbank.

According to a press release, the choice to use MX Pulse is part of Meridian’s digital strategy and effort to encourage “money sense.” Pulse gives members personalized notifications on their smartphones in the moment they’re needed.

“By investing in data and the latest personalized AI tools, we’re showing our members that we are serious about improving their financial health in the present and in the future,” David Baldarelli, SVP, Digital Banking & Enterprise Analytics and COO, motusbank, said. “Being able to get up and running so quickly with MX and work together as partners to customize Pulse for our members really sealed the deal.”

Once the tool is live and available to Meridian members in Ontario, it will also be made available to all motusbank members across Canada, according to a press release.

MX provides financial data services that enable clients and partners to collect, enhance, analyze, present and act on financial data. Founded in 2010, it’s one of the fastest-growing fintech providers, currently partnering with over 1,800 financial institutions and 43 of the top 50 digital banking providers. Learn more by visiting https://data.mx.com/.