January 20, 2022

Vancouver’s History Goes Digital

From the Vancouver Sun:

West Vancouver’s photographic history went digital this month.

Approximately 5,000 historical photos depicting more than 70 years of the district’s evolution are in the process of being converted to a digital format and posted online, thanks to the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

“They really look good online,” said systems librarian Maryann Kempthorne. “This kind of retrospective conversion can really (save) information that otherwise would be lost.”

Approximately 1,500 photos are currently online. The remainder of the collection is slated to hit the Internet this fall, according to Kempthorne. For assistant librarian Jane Jardine, who has been filing books in the library since 1997, the changes have been sweeping.

“When I started the job I was just passed a bunch of binders that had photocopies of our 4,000-plus photos, and three boxes of subject cards and the photos were kept in archival envelopes in a filing cabinet,” she said.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.