The Memory Lab
What is the Memory Lab? | Why should I care about personal archiving?
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It's a place.The lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. It's a do-it-yourself (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.Check out the Library's online calendar for upcoming events throughout the system!
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.
project for their National Digital Stewardship Residency program. Some of the equipment in the lab was donated by our friends at the Dance Heritage Coalition.
In 2017 the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded DCPL, in partnership with the Public Library Association, a National Leadership Grant to build Memory Lab digital preservation programs in seven public libraries across the U.S. Through an application process, seven public libraries will be identified as project partners and will spend one year creating personal archiving stations and programs to for their communities following the DCPL model. Memory Lab Network partners will receive training, mentoring, and financial support to create digitization stations and curriculum to build public knowledge and skills around the complex and paralyzing problems of personal digital archiving through their own Memory Lab programs. More information and link to application here.
- Sign the Participant Release Form. Completing a Participant Release Form at the beginning of your first session is required. If you are younger than 18, parental/legal guardian consent is required.
- Book an appointment. The Memory Lab opens on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Completing an orientation and Participant Release Form is required at the beginning of your appointment. You must have a library card to book an appointment.
- Arrive to your first session 15 minutes early. Check-in with staff at the Labs information desk (A-level) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Staff may inspect your digital media to ensure that it does not harm Memory Lab equipment.
- Staff will point you to the Memory Lab! Refer to the Memory Lab LibGuide 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 what's needed to start your own Memory Lab.
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