How One Library Helps Its Patrons Create Personal Archives of their Important Records, Pictures, and Videos

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

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