Ostler Project Enters the 1960s and Becomes Mobile-friendly

A festive scene at the First Presbyterian Bazaar (1959)

After a few months off, we resumed digitization of the James Ostler Slide Collection in October 2020.  In November, we finished scanning the slides Ostler took in the 1950s and started on those he took in the 1960s.  The total number of slides digitized in October and November was 1,152.  So far, none of these slides have been uploaded to Indiana Memory, but they will be in the new year.

Although we have finished digitizing the slides from the 1950s, that does not mean that all of them are available on Indiana Memory.  Now that the Clinton County:  Fun in the ’50s project, which was funded by three Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, is over, we are working to make the images that were scanned prior to the start of the project in 2017 available.  Throughout 2021 we will continue to upload Ostler images from the 1950s and ’60s.

Not only have we started scanning a new decade, but now the James Ostler Digitized Collection is also mobile-friendly!  At the end of September 2020, the Indiana State Library upgraded their content management software to CONTENTdm Responsive.  The purpose of this upgrade was to make Indiana Memory mobile-friendly.  Those of you who tried to use Indiana Memory on your smartphone or other mobile device before the switch will notice a big difference.  Unfortunately, this new version of CONTENTdm does not allow users to comment on the images.  We still want your feedback.  We love it when patrons share their memories with us and help us identify individuals in the pictures.  Please email any comments that you have to us at fcplgen@myfcpl.org.

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