On Thursday, March 10, Audra and Craig presented to the Forsyth County United Way Executive Council at the Red Cross on Colosseum Road. The United Way Executive Council is composed of over 20 local organizations and they are interested in both preservation and digitization. Our presentation was an abbreviated version of the talks we gave at Preserving Forsyth’s Past last year at various Forsyth County Public Libraries. We divided up the content and spoke on different aspects of digitization and preservation.
Craig covered the basic storage environment (Temperature and Relative Humidity, Light, and Air Quality), storage options, suppliers and basic file formats and storage options of digital files. Audra discussed organizing a basic digitization project, digitization equipment and organizations that can help with the process, such as NC Echo and the new NC Digital Heritage Center. The crowd was very receptive and asked us a few questions at the end of the presentation.
This was a great opportunity to reach out to local organizations who need help with preservation and digitization. Most of these groups, who serve humanitarian needs in our community, have little funding and no trained personnel. It is also a great continuation of the groundwork laid during Preserving Forsyth’s Past – where we trained the community to preserve and digitize their treasures.