Digital conversion unlocks 130 years of our history

Digital conversion unlocks 130 years of our history

The Durango Herald’s archives, saved from slow decay, now will be searchable
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Julie Pickett has used the Durango Public Library’s microfilm reader for the last six years to research obituaries and other historical information in more than 130 years of The Durango Herald. Searching microfilm is tedious and time consuming, so she’s looking forward to being able to search computer records after the library completes the digitization of the newspaper’s archives. Moving the archives from microfilm to digital files is expected to be complete in January.
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Julie Pickett holds a reel of microfilm containing several months of early editions of The Durango Herald at the Durango Public Library. Because there is no search function, she often has to scan the entire roll to find the information she’s seeking.
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Julie Pickett has used the Durango Public Library’s microfilm reader for the last six years to research obituaries and other historical information in issues of The Durango Herald that span more than 130 years. The resolution is often fuzzy, and it can be difficult to find the specific information she is seeking, so the digitization project, which is expected to be completed in January, should make the task much easier.
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This portable hard drive is called a “mule” by Creekside Digital. Creekside Digital is digitizing more than 130 years of The Durango Herald. A “mule” contains about five years of the newspaper’s issues for Durango Public Library staff members to check for quality. The staff members have been sending several years of its microfilm collection, which is deteriorating, to the company in Maryland for digitizing.
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Andy White, director of the Durango Public Library, displays some of the microfilm at the library that contains the more than 130-year run of The Durango Herald. The library’s microfilm archive of the newspaper is being converted to a digital format in a project that is costing about $50,000.
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