AC Library Going Digital

By WISE Web News

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2009 at 11:56 AM EDT

FOERT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--Jeff: We have scanning centers in Boston, New York, Princeton, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and we have one in Fort Wayne Indiana.

DEEP WITHIN THE ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, MODERN DAY SCRIBES ARE COPYING PRECIOUS MANUSCRIPTS…MUCH AS THEIR CLOISTERED COHORTS DID BACK IN THE MIDDLE AGES.

Jeff: We want to preserve the book just as it is every single page…

RIGHT NOW THE TEAM IS DIGITIZING THE LIBRARY’S WORLD CLASS GENEALOGY COLLECTION. SCRIBES PHOTOGRAPH THE BOOK IN ITS ENTIRIETY, THEN UPLOAD IT TO THE LIBRARY’S WEBSITE. CALL UP, SAY, THE BLACK HAWK WAR OF 1832 BY ELLEN WHITNEY AND THIS IS WHAT YOU SEE.

Jeff: So you can do a word search here and this then shows you all the references to Lincoln. And what it does is highlights Lincoln’s name on that page.

DIGITIZING THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION WILL MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO LITERALLY BILLIONS OF VIEWERS. TAKE THE ‘YORKSHIRE MARRIAGE REGISTER’…DIGITIZED SIX MONTHS AGO, IT’S ALREADY HAD 2753 DOWNLOADS.

Jeff: So here’s a book that maybe in its entire lifetime’s been looked at a couple of hundred times and since it’s been online in one year it’s almost 3000 downloads of this one book.

VERY SOON JEFF SHARPE’S TEAM OF DIGITIZERS WILL TACKLE THE LIBRARY’S WORLD CLASS COLLECTION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS, FORMERLY HOUSED AT THE LINCOLN MUSEUM, AND POST THEM ONLINE. THIS POIGNANT LETTER BY MARY LINCOLN WAS WRITTEN JUST AFTER HER HUSBAND’S ASSASSINATION.

Mary: I go hence a brokenhearted woman without my beloved husband who was everything to me.

IT’S A HAUNTING LETTER BY A DEEPLY TROUBLED WOMAN THAT WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE TO PERUSE AT YOUR LEISURE IN YOUR OWN HOME, ALONG WITH COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF OTHER PIECES OF OUR STORY, COMING SOON TO A COMPUTER NEAR YOU. ERIC OLSON OUT IN YOUR COUNTRY.




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