May 21, 2022

Boston Public Library Receives Recognition for Statewide Digitization Work

Congrats BPL!

From Today’s Announcement:

Boston Public Library received an award honoring its digitization work for Massachusetts’ Digital Commonwealth at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s eighth annual airplane Focus Awards ceremony. The Focus Awards, held this year on October 19, recognize contributions to the promotion, curation, and presentation of photography. Boston Public Library received the Commonwealth Award, which is given to an organization that brings prominence to the local photographic scene.

“We are honored to receive this award for our digitization work,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “It is our great pleasure to contribute to Digital Commonwealth and help increase access to photos archives, cultural treasures, and other historical materials for people across Massachusetts and around the world.”


Thomas Blake, Digital Projects Manager for the Boston Public Library, accepted the Commonwealth Award on the library’s behalf. The award was presented to Boston Public Library by Bob Cullum, the grandson of photographer Leslie Jones (1886-1967), whose personal collection of nearly 40,000 glass negatives has been digitized by Boston Public Library.

Digital Commonwealth is Massachusetts’ consolidated statewide digital library. Its portal and repository launched in 2007; it promotes the creation of digital resources and provides access to digital collections created by member organizations. Boston Public Library has digitized more than 250,000 photo archives, books, maps, manuscripts, prints, and other materials in the effort to make them accessible online, with the goal of growing and supporting Digital Commonwealth.

Direct to Boston Public Library on Flickr

Direct to Digital Commonwealth Search Interface

See Also: BPL Announces Beta Release of the New Digital Commonwealth Repository (July 31, 2012)
via Digital Commonwealth News Blog

See Also: Boston Public Library Assisting With Area Digitization Projects (December 7, 2011)

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