Digitizing Collections for Small Organizations – May 16 – June 13th

A discussion lead by Jess Weitz of Brooks Memorial Library and Forrest Holzapfel of the Marlboro Historical Society

Small town cultural organizations, such as libraries, museums, and historical societies, are community-anchored institutions that provide access to unique, local information and objects that are unavailable elsewhere. But budget-strapped organizations often do not have the funding, staff time and expertise, or technology to devote to digitizing these collections.

The importance of creating digital collections for small organizations is only increasing. Cultural changes have demanded more user-friendly ways to access information, such as from home or on mobile devices. In addition, social media, digital collaboration and crowdsourcing are now available to help create forums for sharing digital data.

Come discuss some available options for creating inexpensive digital collections and considerations in planning a new project such as: hardware and software needs; time frame of projects; cost estimates and funding; and online management options.

All talks will be held in the Brooks Memorial Library’s Meeting Room:

May 16th at 7pm – A talk geared toward historical societies

June 6th at 7pm – A talk geared toward libraries

June 13th at 7pm – A talk geared toward individuals interested in digitizing family  collections

For more information, please email Jess Weitz at jessica@brooks.lib.vt.us or call Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290.

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