Public libraries across Ohio are helping create a statewide network where important historical materials will be scanned, cataloged and shared.
The effort involves library systems in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. It's underwritten in part by a $760,000 grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio, and partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Columbus Metropolitan Library has announced it will use its latest installment of funding primarily to purchase equipment that includes a large-format scanner and digital storage. The statewide project will create "digitization hubs" and aims to capture historical resources at participating institutions in a digital format that can be made available to other libraries, museums, archives and local communities.