Culture in Transit: Digitizing and Democratizing NYC’s Cultural Heritage #InternetLibrarian @AnneKZ

Anne Karle-Zenith

Slides here: http://conferences.infotoday.com/documents/259/E302_Karle-Zenith.pdf

Scanning program for METRO (New York City + Westchester)

Digital Culture of New York

(Everything gets harvested by the NY State digital library, then Digital Public Library of America)

Switched from ContentDM (an OCLC product) to Islandora for database.

Blog: Culture in Transit

Toolkit coming soon.

Institutional scanning:

Had a goal to get to 10-15 institutions — small, but interesting libraries that didn’t have time/money/staff to do it themselves — in a year.  They got to 10 and scanned 1,600 items.  One person would go to the institution with portable scanning gear, spend about two weeks scanning, then another two weeks back at the office doing processing, metadata, etc.

Community Scanning:

Went to Brooklyn and Queens public libraries, scanned people’s materials and talked to them about what they were.  Returned digital copies to donors on a thumb drive.  Not just libraries: also schools, churches, cemeteries, bars.  Three to four staff who knew all phases of the project would go to a site.  Encouraged community groups (for example, Filipinos of Queens).

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