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Friday, October 12 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Let's Get Digital: Preserving Analog Memories at the Public Library

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This is a joint presentation on the following topics.

Having audio/video trapped in extinct formats (VHS, Betamax, 8mm film, reel-to-reel tape, etc,.) is almost the same as not having it at all. Rochester Public Library purchased some old and new equipment that allows patrons to digitize their video, film, audio and images in a self-serve Digital Conversion Lab so that future generations (and the current one) can enjoy them today. See what it takes to set up a conversion lab and hear about the challenges we faced at each stage of the process.

New Ulm Public Library (NUPL) was one of seven public library partners nationwide selected to receive training, mentoring and financial support to create digitization stations and educational public programs for personal digital archiving. This Memory Lab Network, sponsored by the Washington, D.C., Public Library in partnership with the Public Library Association and the Library of Congress, is a grant project that continues through April 2019. The presenters will discuss how NUPL is implementing the project, including purchasing equipment, establishing standards and documenting best practices to create a do-it-yourself workstation where the public can convert analog tapes as well as photographs, slides and negatives to digital format. In addition, they will discuss their development of public programs that focus on organizing personal documents and born digital content. The goal is to generate excitement and empower library professionals to connect with community members and organizations around personal digital archiving.

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Leasa Sieve

Reference Librarian, New Ulm Public Library
Over the past 13 years I have worked at New Ulm Public Library in a variety of positions, and am currently New Ulm's Reference Librarian. I have been involved with the Memory Lab project since the beginning. I am very excited for New Ulm Public Library to offer digital preservation... Read More →
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Kris Wiley

Director, Roseburg Public Library
I was at New Ulm Public Library for nine years, first as assistant director and for the past four years as director, where I led the team that started the Memory Lab project for patrons to digitize their analog memories. I left that great job in June for another great opportunity... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT