The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum is partnering with Mississippi State University Libraries' Digital Preservation & Access Unit to provide a free photo & document scanning service on Thursday, September 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Family photos as well as photos of local businesses or sporting events are all welcome. Postcards, clippings and advertisements are also appreciated, as are any other materials of historical significance. Any two-dimensional item that is 11 x 17" or smaller is an eligible candidate, as well, though arrangements can be made for larger items.
Patrons' photos are theirs to keep, along with a disc containing the digital versions, which can be shared with friends and family by emailing, posting to photo-sharing sites or printing for gifts. With patrons' permission, the Museum will keep a digital copy for display in the digital collection, hosted by the MSU Libraries. Volunteers from the Oktibbeha County Historical Society will be available to assist in the scanning process and to record any information patrons have about items.
The scanning will be supervised by Randall McMillen, Digital Projects Coordinator for the MSU Libraries. The materials will be scanned at a high-resolution and saved in standard digital archival format (TIFF). Image files will we be freely provided on a disc in this format, as well as the more common JPEG format, for easy access and to allow for larger reprints.
The Museum requests that all materials be of some historical significance to the County or City and that each participant bring no more than 25 items. Special arrangements can be made for larger collections. The materials do not necessarily need to be especially old. Photos or documents related to buildings and places that no longer exist are of particular interest.
To find out more about the scanning day, contact Betsy Longest at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum at 662-322-0211 or McMillen at 662-325-8398. For more information on the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, please visit http://oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com. For more information on MSU Libraries and the Digital Projects & Access Unit, please visit http://digital.library.msstate.edu/collections/dpau.php.
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