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Digital Estate Planning 101

How to plan for, prepare, and protect your digital memories

Do you have photographs, videos, and audio files saved on your personal devices? Do you have personal accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, or email suites such as Google? Of course you do! But have you ever considered what would happen to these digital assets and accounts when you passed away? 

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Introduction to Personal Digital Archiving

Using resources available from the Library of Congress

Learn how to preserve your personal and family photographs, written documents, and other memorabilia using resources available from the Library of Congress.  This class will be offered twice, Sun., Aug. 7 from 2-4 p.m., and Wed., Aug. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m.

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Yearbook Collection on Display

Seeking yearbook donations for collection

Did you know that Special Collection’s Washingtoniana Room (3rd floor) houses a small collection of Washington, D.C. high school and college yearbooks? Our goal is to obtain a yearbook from each high school and college/university in Washington, D.C. We would love to obtain yearbooks published far enough to have genealogical value!  

Leader's Guide to Storytelling by Stephen Denning

What Is Your Story?

Stories and storytelling for adults

Do you think of yourself as an expert storyteller?  Surprise--if you're a homo sapiens (and if you're reading this, you are,) you are a storytelling natural.  Most stories don't start with "Once upon a time" or conclude "And they lived happily ever after."  In fact, many stories start in the middle, and aren't about monsters or fairy godmothers at all.  Yet our everyday stories, the stuff of our lives, can carry as much emotional impact as a famous Grimm or Perrault tale. 

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Digitizing Home Video

D.I.Y. at Home or at the Memory Lab

When I learned that DCPL was setting up a lab to transfer VHS videotapes to digital format, I had to try it. At home, we had not watched our home movies in years. I wanted to get my videos to a place where my family could watch and share them. I had started a digitizing project about a year ago and stalled. I needed a jump start and was curious to see how the library’s method compared to what I was doing at home.At Home

Using the memory lab

The Memory Lab Delivers Digitized Content to Family in the UK

From analog to digital, and from filmstrip to .jpegs for our nonagenarian

Read about one satisfying journey from vintage audio cassette and color negative filmstrips to digital formats! Click here to read Michelle's blog!