*Date Change* Please note the workshop in June is now on the 12th
Preserving Forsyth’s Past: Public Training
Preserving, Repairing, and Digitizing Historic Documents
We welcome you to learn more about ways to preserve your historic documents. Expert instructors will teach you about storing, organizing, and repairing your documents, movies, audio cassettes, slides, and photographs. Also, become familiar with our public Digitization Centers, where you can scan your documents and learn how to put them online.
- April 17, 2010 at Walkertown Branch Library from 10 – 5
- June 12, 2010 at Central Library from 10 – 5
The agenda for the upcoming workshops is posted below. Feel free to attend only the sessions that fit your needs but you must sign up at the following link. SPACE IS LIMITED!
10 am – 12 pm: introductions; getting organized; preserving family heirlooms like photographs, scrapbooks, and papers
- 12 pm – 1 pm: lunch break (on your own)
- 1 pm – 3 pm: hands-on preservation demonstration; getting started with the Digitization Center
- 3 pm – 3:10 pm: break
- 3:10 pm – 5 pm: how to use the Digitization Center equipment; how to save and share your documents, video, and audio
Sign up at
We invite you to participate in one of the workshops listed above.
Seating is limited. Sign up at
About the Digitization Centers
In 2009, Forsyth County Public Library and Wake Forest University were awarded a grant to help our community preserve local history by the State Library of North Carolina under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant included preservation education for local organizations and the public, as well as the establishment of digitization centers throughout the county.
There are four digitization centers throughout Forsyth County: one at Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, one in the North Carolina Room at Central Library; one at Lewisville Branch Library; and one at Walkertown Branch Library.
The North Carolina Room Digitization Center is open to the public and includes equipment to scan flat documents (such as papers and photographs), slides, VHS cassettes, and audio cassettes. Because the equipment is very popular, customers are limited to 2 hours of use at one time. We ask that you participate in a training session to become familiar with the equipment if you are a beginner to scanning.
Digitization Center Equipment Guides
- How to Digitize VCR Cassettes Using VCR2PC
- How to Digitize Audio Cassettes Using TAPE2PC
- How to Digitize Print Media Using EPSON Expression 10000XL
- How to Digitize Slides Using Nikon CoolScan 4
Preservation Grants for Small Organizations & Institutions
- North Carolina Preservation Consortium
- NC SHRAB Traveling Archivist Program
- NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
- Foundation Center Preservation Grants http://www.loc.gov/preserv/foundtn-grants.html
“Preserving Forsyth’s Past” is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.