January 22, 2022

Boston Public Library Assisting With Area Digitization Projects

From the Boston Globe:

The digitization of 50 editions (1960-2009) of The Torch [East Bridgewater High School] was made possible with a $100,000 federal grant awarded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to the Boston Public Library, to help provide broad access to records and documents of cultural institutions across the state by making them available online.

East Bridgewater was one of the first to submit a project, and became the first in the state to have its yearbooks digitized for free. They are now available on the high school’s website and on Digital Commonwealth, the state repository for such online data.


>A Boston Public Library team typically will evaluate the condition of documents and photographs to be digitized; the local library, meanwhile, must organize its materials.

Led by Tom Blake, digital projects manager, team members showed up in East Bridgewater last month. “Five of them came to the high school in this tiny Zipcar,’’ [Carrie] Tucker, [East Bridgewater High School librarian] said. “They got out, spent 20 minutes, and left with the yearbooks.’’ Not long after, the material was available online.

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