The Frankfort Community Public Library has hired Dennis Hoffman as digitization assistant for the LSTA digitization grant project entitled Fun in the ‘50s. Dennis recently retired from Clinton Prairie School Corporation where he served as library and instructional technology specialist at the elementary for twenty-six years. Dennis brings with him a wealth of knowledge regarding technology and library services as well as a passion for genealogy and local history.
Besides hiring a digitization assistant with the funds from this grant, the library has also been able to purchase an Epson Perfection V850 Pro scanner, a Voilamart LED Tracing Board, and a magnifying lamp along with some other small equipment and supply items. Library staff and Hoffman will be learning how to use the acquired equipment during the month of December as this project gets underway. We hope to be beyond the learning curve before the start of the new year.
The goal of the Fun in the ‘50s project is to digitize and upload approximately 1,200 more slides from the James Ostler Collection to Indiana Memory. The slides selected for digitization under this grant show Clinton County residents participating in community events and enjoying seasonal activities in the 1950s. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
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