Project Continues Thanks to New Grant

The Frankfort Community Public Library (FCPL) has been awarded a second Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $6, 266, which will enable the library to continue the Clinton County:  Fun in the ʼ50s digitization project.  Under the first grant, the library purchased a scanner and light board as well as hired a temporary part-time digitization assistant in 2017.  The library also added a James Ostler Collection page to its website.  With the new grant, the library will add more storage capacity to its server as well as hire a temporary employee once again. 

For nearly three decades, James Ostler, postman and amateur photographer, chronicled Clinton County life with his camera for The Farmers Bank.  The goal of Fun in the ʼ50s is to digitize those slides that were taken in the 1950s in order to preserve them for future generations and to make them accessible to the public via Indiana Memory.  Due to their age, these slides are more fragile and show more signs of deterioration than the slides that were taken in the 1960s and ʼ70s.  For the first LSTA grant, library staff selected slides for digitization that showed Clinton County residents participating in community events and enjoying seasonal activities.  Under this new grant, the library will concentrate on digitizing slides that James Ostler took at various scouting activities in the 1950s. 

During the 2017 grant cycle, the library was able to digitize over 4, 500 slides.  While the library has already digitized a few of the slides that Ostler took at scouting events, there are still nearly 2,000 scouting slides that have yet to be digitized.  To see slides that have been digitized for the Fun in the ʼ50s project, visit the FCPL’s James Ostler Slide Collection webpage.  To view even more Ostler images, go to Indiana Memory.

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 IMLS 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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