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 (this center is currently located in Information Services on the 1st level of the Government Center while the Library is being renovated); 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. Call any of the locations to schedule a training session.
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 http://www.ncpreservation.org/grants.html
- NC SHRAB Traveling Archivist Program http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/SHRAB/
- NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html
- 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.