April 23, 2024

 The Andrew W. Mellon Basis granted the Library Basis SD $350,000 for the San Diego Public Library to increase Digital Reminiscence Lab companies all through San Diego, it was introduced Monday.

The donation is meant to create three extra digital reminiscence labs — which permit patrons to save lots of data and recollections saved on antiquated media, together with VHS and Betamax tapes, 8mm movie, 8-track, reel-to- reel, and different audio tapes, slides and negatives and floppy disks. The funding can even go towards deploying 5 cell pop-up labs touring between library branches in all 9 Metropolis Council districts in San Diego.

“The library’s mission is to encourage lifelong studying by way of connections to information and one another,” stated Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library director. “I’m so happy we’ll now be capable to encourage extra of our residents to attach the threads of their private histories to these of others.

“The library is the place to share tales, and now we will guarantee the various tales that make San Diego such a vibrant place are preserved and shared,” Jones stated.

On the labs, library patrons are taught methods to convert older assets into an accessible digital format. Earlier than the grant was awarded, solely two digital reminiscence labs had been accessible as a public service. Because it opened 5 years in the past, the lab at San Diego’s Central Library has hosted greater than 1,600 visits and transferred 3,700 hours of media right into a usable, digital format.

“Public libraries are excellent locations for reminiscence labs, the place group members might obtain assist to care for his or her private artifacts within the type of audio and video recordings, for instance,” stated Patricia Hswe, program director for public information on the Mellon Basis. “We’re happy to assist the San Diego Public Library to undertake this vital work and spotlight the richly various communities in its midst by way of these labs.”

Based on an announcement from the Library Basis, the grant funding can even improve the 2 present digital reminiscence labs, create a storytelling initiative with the San Diego Fee for Arts and Tradition, create a workshop sequence on private archival preservation and protect historic assets within the library’s particular collections microfilm archives.

“We’re so grateful for the Mellon Basis’s funding,” stated Library Basis SD CEO Patrick Stewart. “Libraries are important locations of significant interplay, illustration, and inclusion. Our libraries assist foster conversations about literature, the humanities, and our shared histories. The Mellon Basis grant means these conversations will be extra inclusive.”

The Andrew W. Mellon Basis is the nation’s largest supporter of the humanities and huhumanities. The Library Basis SD has raised greater than $130 million in non-public funds since its inception in 2002 to “increase and assist library packages, collections, expansions and companies.”

–Metropolis Information Service