Dig DC, a New Online Digital Archive From the DC Public Library (District of Columbia History)
“We know how crucial it is to have collections online these days, to reach users that way,” said Lauren Algee, the digital projects librarian who helped create Dig DC.
There are six collections in Dig DC, numbering about a thousand items in total. In addition to the [Clifford] Berryman [a political cartoonist for the [Washington Star] and [Joseph Owen] Curtis [an amateur photographer] materials, there are 413 vintage postcards of District scenes, 47 posters from D.C. punk shows, seven oral history interviews with participants in the March on Washington and five sets of maps, including detailed real estate maps from the 1870s to the 1890s.
Dig DC has just a fraction of the Washingtoniana division’s 60,000 books, 8,000 maps, 2,000 postcards, 5,000 linear feet of archival material and 1.3 million images. But it’s a start. And the interface is fairly easy to navigate.
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. 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.