Orange County Library System

How the Orange County Library System Digitally Preserves Local History

On the TechSoup for Libraries blog, we discuss the numerous ways the public library serves its community: as an information hub, a place for activities, a book and DVD repository, and so much more. But we haven't really discussed another important element of the public library: as conservator of local history.

At ALA, the Orange County Library System (OCLS) in Orlando, Florida discussed how it is preserving local history, from the perspective of its community, at a session called "Your Community Memories: Preserving Local Legacies." Donna Bachowski, the reference central manager and Vanessa Neblett, reference central assistant manager, discussed two projects that the library is working on to engage the community in local history.

Spotlight on Creativity and Innovation

Have you had a chance to read our new Library Spotlight? It profiles Debbie Moss, Assistant Director at the Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL. In addition to a thorough analysis of bandwidth challenges and opportunities at the library, the spotlight also mentions that the library is building the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology Innovation and Creativity.