Indiana: Allen County Public Library’s Rare Treasures Getting Digital Access
A 1,000+ word article about the digitization work going on at the Allen Co. Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana at branch of the Internet Archive located inside the library.
From the The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne):
The vault houses the bulk of the library’s collection of rare photographs, books and artifacts. It sits against the far wall of the rare books room, under lock and key.
About half the vault is devoted to the Lincoln collection, and among its contents are photographs, newspaper clippings and the Mary Todd Lincoln insanity file – the only written record of Mrs. Lincoln’s 1875 insanity trial, which ended in her brief incarceration in the Bellevue Place insane asylum in Batavia, Illinois.
While access to the actual rare books and artifacts is limited, much of the material is available online for easy public access. A large portion of the Lincoln Collection – more than 13,000 books, newspapers, pamphlets and other documents, as well as more than 3,000 photographs – has been scanned and uploaded to the Web.
Digitization is done by Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization specializing in preservation and providing digital access to cultural artifacts. The branch at the ACPL is the only one of its kind in the Midwest, Ferverda said. The rest are on either coast or in countries like China
“As of today, we’ve digitized 106,183 books at this center,” said Jeff Sharpe, the Midwest regional digitization coordinator for Internet Archive. “That’s 31,631,046 images since 2007.”
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Gary Price (email@example.com) 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.