Houston Public Library: Digital Archives
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Problem StatementThe Houston Public Library has a wealth of resources in several formats spread across three distinct and specialized special collections and archives. In order to preserve these resources and provide open access, digitization is the best solution. Houston Public Library required a single point for online access as well as a comprehensive digital preservation program.
InnovationThe Houston Public Library Digital Archive was established as a single point for digitization work across the three special collections units in order to consolidate technical expertise, facilitate consistent metadata application, and support digital preservation. The online portal provides wide-open access for all users to materials heretofore difficult to search or with preservation access restrictions.
ProgressEach of the three special collections units within Houston Public Library have produced high-quality, innovative projects:
- The Houston Metropolitan Research Center has digitized the significant Oral History Collection as well as texts and images of value to users
- Clayton Center for Genealogical Research, in a partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Archive has provided digital access to more than 1,000 volumes in the Clayton collection
- The African American Library at the Gregory School has made key materials available online including oral histories, images, and texts