Eudora Welty said that life doesn't hold still; a good snapshot stops a moment from running away. But unless photographs are properly identified, organized, stored and shared, those captured moments can disappear. Thanks to digital cameras and smartphones, most people are taking more photographs than ever before, and sharing them via e-mail and social media, but how many of those photos will survive for future generations? And what about all the photographs, letters, diaries, documents, sound and video recordings on paper, cassette tape and other formats? Digitization makes it easier to duplicate, store and share copies, but presents technical and organizational challenges.
There are lots of people out there who really want to get a handle on all this, but don't know where to begin. Learn the basics of Personal Digital Archiving and ways that librarians can provide information, support and encouragement to our patrons, helping them organize their collections, plan for preservation and succession, and consider possible contribution of selected material to the library for inclusion in digital local history collections.
Help your users move beyond procrastination and guilt so they can preserve and share those important captured moments!
Hall: Newburyport T120