The Memory Lab
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Located inside the Digital Commons at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. It's a DIY model, meaning we provide step-by-step instructions, but you control the process from start to finish.
The lab can be reserved for three-hour sessions.
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It's a series of classes and programs.
Classes are happening at library locations and organizations all over DC. Check out the Library's online calendar for upcoming events!
Orientations take place every Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Security. Losing track of your assets and online accounts is a threat to your online identity and personal security. This means that sometimes even deleting is a valuable personal archiving strategy.
Legacy. What you produce purposefully (like a home movie or photograph) and what you produce in daily life (like a calendar appointment or email) could be important for your loved ones and for the cultural record.
Some of the equipment in the lab is on loan from our friends at the Dance Heritage Coalition.
- Sign the release form. If you are younger than 18, parental consent is required.
- Book a 3-hour session. Orientations are not required to use the space, but attending a Memory Lab Drop-in session is strongly encouraged. Upcoming drop-ins can be found in the Library's online calendar. You can also sign up below. You must have a library card to book a session.
- Arrive to your first session 30 minutes early. Check-in with staff at the information desk in the Digital Commons. They may inspect what you've brought in to digitize to make sure that it won't harm our equipment.
- Once staff have shown you to the space it's all yours! Refer to the Memory Lab wiki for step-by-step instructions.
Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
Parental consent is required for ages 17 and younger.
Learn more about the project on our resident's blog.
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