Digital Maine Brings State Library Content to the Cloud

The Maine State Library is working hard to preserve historical state documents. The library is relying on volunteers, scanning technology and a cloud-based repository platform.

One current important initiative is an effort to digitize the microfilm of historical state newspapers. This initiative is supported by a $275,000 grant from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). The grant covers “the digitization of 100,000 pages of historic Maine newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.”

The Maine State Library has set up a digital repository for all of this content, which lives on a site it calls Digital Maine at http://digitalmaine.com/. The site is hosted on the Digital Commons platform on a public cloud-based infrastructure.

The Library used to buy its own servers, disk drives, and infrastructure to host the information locally. In addition, the Library had to hire technicians to keep everything running. Moving to a cloud-based service proved to be a money-saver. Paying for the service is cheaper than buying hardware. In addition, fewer employees are needed to maintain the equipment.

You can read more about this effort in an article by Ricky Ribeiro in the State Tech Magazine at https://goo.gl/OaqPxY.

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