Digitizing Local History

One of my favorite programs I oversee is our Community Digitization Partnerships. These partnerships allow me to work with local organizations in the North Florida area to bring their materials online via DigiNole: FSU’s Digital Repository. We often work with non-traditional organizations like schools and churches, bringing collections online that would otherwise be unknown to researchers or difficult for them to access physically.

Leon County School Board Minutes awaiting digitization in the SCA Stacks

We have two exciting recent events with community partners. The first is the start of work with a new partner. FSU Special Collections & Archives (SCA) signed all the paperwork to begin a digitization projects with the Leon County School District to digitize and provide online access to the School Board minutes. The minutes go back to the 1870s and go through 2009. On April 4, I took a SCA OPS with me to the District Office and completed the first of three transports to bring the minutes to Strozier Library for digitization and description. We are bringing around 20 volumes at time to the Library. We will completely process and make this set available online before we return this set to the District Office and get the next set! I’m looking forward to getting this project up and running in the next few weeks.

Our other exciting partner event recently was myself and Stuart Rochford, our Digital Library Studio Manager, were honored at the Association of Godby Graduates Hall of Fame Induction. This was a delayed event from 2020. The AGG honored the Libraries’ for our work in digitizing Godby High School collections such as their yearbooks and music department collections. We expect to be receiving materials from their drama department sometime this year as well. Godby is one of our longest standing community partners now and we were honored and humbled to be included in this celebration and also look forward to displaying our plaque from the AGG in our SCA spaces in the near future.

Stuart Rochford and Krystal Thomas with Mitch Gans of the Association of Godby Graduates receiving our Certificates of Appreciation, April 1, 2022.

Published by Krystal Thomas

Digital Archivist at Florida State University

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