Free webinar: How to Host a Community Scanning Day, April 25, 2019 at 2 pm

DLG and Georgia HomePLACE are happy to announce the “How to Host a Community Scanning Day” webinar to be held April 25 at 2 pm. To register, go to

As members of the cultural heritage community, we want our collections and activities to reflect all people in our communities. Hosting a community scanning day is an interactive, participatory way to collect–and digitize–memories from our communities and to document our own history. However, there are logistics to consider, including equipment selection, access and delivery systems for scanned content, and determining rights to view and disseminate information online. Join Becky Geller of the Northeast Document Conservation Center and three panelists (Poke, DeNiro, and Shull) who recently held successful community digitization events as they provide an overview of each of these tasks and to help you organize your next event.

Becky Geller, Preservation Specialist, Northeast Document Conservation Center
Geller joined the Preservation Services team at NEDCC in 2018 and provides preservation information and outreach, including assessments, consultations, training programs, and disaster assistance. A certified archivist, she has nearly 10 years of experience in public libraries.

Brenda Poku, Director, Director, Conyers-Rockdale Library System
Poku holds a BA in behavioral science from Lesley University and her MLIS from Drexel University. She brings over 30 years of corporate experience to the profession of librarianship, much of it in a variety of leadership roles that facilitated education, communication, research, evaluation, and training initiatives.

Elaine DeNiro, Archivist, Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell
DeNiro is responsible for acquiring, processing, and providing public access to collections of historical significance pertaining to the city of Roswell and its environs.

Ashley Shull, Archives and Special Collections Coordinator at the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room
Shull earned a BA in Literature and MA in Secondary Education from Georgia College and State University, and an MLIS from Valdosta State University. In her position, Shull works every day to preserve the history of the Athens-Clarke County community for future generations.


Roswell Community Digitization Event a Success

Charles Grogan, patron and Juliette Johnson, volunteer
Charles Grogan, patron and Juliette Johnson, volunteer

The Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives wanted to promote a digitization event for members of the community to submit photographs and records that documented the history of the area. In order to make sure that the event was conducted using best archival practices, the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) was engaged to provide a training session for the staff, interns, and volunteers of the Roswell Historical Society in preparation for the event. During the course of this 4-hour workshop, the participants learned about copyrights, proper handling and digitization of the material, and metadata creation. The information that the DLG staff provided was first-rate. Supplemental material and suggestions for scanning equipment was most helpful. The actual scanning event took place in November of 2018, and the Society continues to encourage the community to share their treasures by appointment. Our digitization program is well-established due to the support that we received from DLG.

"Baptism performed by Rev. Joshua Grogan at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, circa 1920"
Baptism performed by Rev. Joshua Grogan at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, circa 1920


The DLG continues to be an invaluable support resource for the Roswell Historical Society as we prepare our metadata and images from the event to be uploaded to their site. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with them to make our collections accessible to a wider audience.

–Elaine DeNiro, Archivist, Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell Research Library and Archives