Samantha Thomason, web developer at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and chair of the Virginia Library Association’s Local History, Genealogy and Oral History Forum, has published a great article describing how one public library helps its patrons digitize and preserve important documents. Thomason writes:
The personal digital archiving program recently started by Jordan Welborn, technology librarian at Virginia’s Campbell County Public Library System, is a great example of how to put theory into practice and how to get started quickly and cheaply.
After viewing a Library of Congress webinar presented during Preservation Week last year, Welborn was inspired to create a personal digital archiving program for her library customers. Undaunted by a small budget, Welborn got a six-week pilot program up and running in the fall of 2013 for less than $300 by using an existing library laptop, purchasing an inexpensive video capture device, picking up a VCR at Goodwill and partnering with a local historical society to purchase a scanner.
The full article is available in The Signal, a preservation newsletter published by the Library of Congress, at http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2014/05/digital-archiving-making-it-personal-at-the-public-library/.