The Allen County Public Library’s board of trustees has approved a $138,541 contract to reconfigure about 2,000 square feet of the downtown library’s second-floor Genealogy Center.
Staff members say that the space, as originally designed, no longer meets the needs of the way family history researchers do their work today. New technology means that more family history research is being done online with digitized records resulting in less need to access the same records on microfilm.
About half of an area that now houses microfilm and microfiche readers will become a meeting room, where programs for the public can take place and staff members can meet with small groups of researchers to acquaint them with the center’s resources and layout.
The second part of the project will transform an area now used for orientation into a glass-walled setting for oral history interviews.
You can read more in an article by Rosa Salter Rodriguez in The Journal Gazette at http://goo.gl/3CqKjN.