Newspaper Digitization: Nyack (NY) Librarian Turns to Web for ‘Experiment in Fundraising’
When librarian Brian Jennings decided he wanted to digitize a bit of Rockland’s historical connection to famed American painter Edward Hopper, he took a unique approach to raise money.
As the local history librarian at the Nyack Library, Jennings’ plan was take microfilm copies of the Rockland County Journal from 1890 to 1892 and put them online so they could be easily searched by keyword. The project would cost $3,000.
Jennings turned to kickstarter.com, a website that seeks donations for creative projects through “crowd-funding,” in which ordinary people typically pledge small amounts of money online. The project only gets funded if it meets its financial goal.
As we post this item, there are 13 days left to donate. So far, the project has received $2185 from 41 contributors. They need another $815 to fund the project.
UPDATE: The project has received MORE than the funding requested. Jennings asked for $3000 and currently has received pledges worth $3505.
Visit the Project’s Page on Kickstarter
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See Also: “Edward Hopper, Rockland Co Journal Go Digital”(via Nyack News and Views)
An article written by Brian Jennings describing the project and use of crown funding.
See Also: Visit the Nyack Library Local History Web Site
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.