Preserving Forsyth's Past (SNCA lightning round 2015)
I presented a lightning round session at the 2015 Society of North Carolina Archivists meeting on the collaborative project, Preserving Forsyth's Past.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Preserving Forsyth's Past (SNCA lightning round 2015)
In 2009, Forsyth County Public Library and Wake Forest
University were awarded a grant to help our community
preserve local history by the State Library of North
Carolina under the Library Services and Technology Act
(LSTA) from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS). The grant included preservation
education for local organizations and the public, as well
as the establishment of digitization centers throughout
Four digitization centers were established in Forsyth
County: Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest
University, the Central Library Branch; the Lewisville
Branch Library; and at Walkertown Branch Library.
The Pilot Project
In the Pilot Project, we led a 2-day program which covered preservation
concepts, hands-on training and digitization. The first session covered the
basic tenets of preservation, covered hands-on training: tipping in loose pages,
heat set tissue repairs to torn pages, paperback book repairs and storage
(enclosures, envelopes, sleeves, boxes).
The second session covered digitization of photographs, video and audio.
Each session included basic preservation theory and
practices, hands-on preservation training, basic
archival approaches to collections, and
demonstrating how to scan paper materials,
digitizing cassettes and video tapes.
Four sites in Forsyth County received a computer,
flatbed scanner, slide scanner and DVD scanner to
use in a workstation after the training.
Each satellite location in Forsyth County has
continued to offer access to the equipment and