Fauquier County Public Library

Learn How To Digitize Historical Records

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PRESS RELEASE

 (Warrenton, VA) July 8, 2016 — The public is invited to attend a presentation about the Library of Virginia’s digitization project, Transcribe, at the next Fauquier County Historic Resources Roundtable meeting on Monday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the John Barton Payne Community Hall in Warrenton.

Sonya Coleman, Digital Collections Specialist at the Library of Virginia, will speak about the library’s collaborative online workspace, where the public can participate in enhancing access to many historical collections documenting over 400 years of Virginia history, people and culture.

Coleman will also highlight items that are useful for Fauquier County research, such as the Confederate Pension Rolls, Early Virginia Religious Petitions, Legislative Petitions and the Virginia Historical Inventory (WPA Surveys) from the library’s Virginia Memory digital collections.

Using the Library of Virginia’s work to scan yearbooks from local libraries as an example, Coleman will review the multi-step process to create digital objects from analog originals.

Coleman has worked in Digital Collections at the Library of Virginia for four years. She studied art history and psychology at Hollins University. She has a Certificate of Proficiency in Digital Materials from Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Her primary interests are accessibility, innovation and community engagement.

Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.

Contact:
Lisa Pavlock
(540) 422-8518 (w)
(540 272-0241 (m)
lisa.pavlock@fauquiercounty.gov

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