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.