Monday, August 21, 2006

A State College and Historical Society collaborate; possible digitization

Buffalo State College and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society have announced a two-year agreement with two immediate goals:

...increasing the historical society's access to Buffalo State resources, including faculty expertise and student placements to bolster staffing; and increasing the college's access to the historical society's resources, which include more than 100,000 artifacts and a research library with 20,000 books, 2,000 manuscripts and 200,000 photographs.

Other opportunities that will be explored involve shared use of space and facilities; library digitization; cultural tourism activities; joint grant applications and publications; human resources consultation; and internships, docent training and service learning opportunities.
Both institutions are members of the Western New York Library Resources Council, which is implementing its regional digitization plan (adopted earlier this year). Any efforts in digitization could bolster use of the Historical Society's materials, draw attention to the region, and help the region's overall efforts to digitize -- and make available -- more information. Let's wish both institutions much success in this endeavor.

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Celia said...

Is there anyplace to read about this as it goes forward?

Jill Hurst-Wahl said...

That's a good question. I would suspect that there will be some information disseminated about what they are doing, but it might show up in regional presentations, organizational newsletters, etc. At the moment, I don't see any place where they are/will systematically do updates.