“Mobile Digitization for Rural Community Archives” first visited Nebraska City last April, and will return this month to the Morton-James Public Library.
Dr. Jason Heppler, Digital Engagement Librarian in Archives and Special Collections for UNO Libraries, and other staff will be available between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on both Monday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Nov. 19.
This programming is free and open to the public.
Library staff invites the public to bring certificates, photos, etc and a flash drive or CD on which to save your information.
This will be a great opportunity to learn more about digitizing (and preserving) materials from experts.
In recent years, archivists have identified the need and desire to capture community archives with the goal of providing community members with tools to
engage with their collections as well as equip archivists with connections, tools, and techniques to use in their communities.
University of Nebraska Omaha Libraries is pioneering the use of a mobile digitization lab and maker space to work with rural communities and Tribal partners in Nebraska to collect a range of material including newspapers, Tribal government documents, correspondence, objects, and community memorabilia.
“Mobile Digitization for Rural Community Archives” is a grant-funded pilot project that includes a mobile digitization lab and maker space concept, supported by the Catalyst Fund.
Through the creation of a mobile maker space and digitization lab, the project has the ability to interact with rural communities and digitize their material, making it widely available yet keeping the archive local.
The Mobile Archives is reaching out to communities beyond the Omaha and Council Bluffs area to work with local archives and collections.
Combined with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s core mission of community engagement, they are exploring ways of providing access to community-made archives, demonstrating a model for community engagement and public humanities, and employing
innovative technology to enable digital participation.
For more information, contact Denise Davis at 402-873-5609 or dmdmjlib@gmail.com. The library is located at 923 1st Corso.