Mobile Public Library: Preserving Mobile’s History Through Digitization

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Date(s) - June 22, 2019
12:00 am

Ben May Main Library


In partnership with the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society the Mobile Public Library is hosting a two-part digitization program, including a lecture portion featuring speakers on digitization best practices and Mobile and Creole history, and a DIY digitization workshop portion.

Edward Harkins, the archivist for the Mobile Municipal Archives, will speak briefly on the history of Mobile and the availability of Mobile records. Dr. Chris Nordmann, genealogist, author, and historian, will discuss Mobile history from a Creole perspective and the importance of preserving the culture as it pertains to Mobile. Our keynote speaker, Glen Perry, Multimedia Graphic Designer for the US Coast Guard, will then speak on the process of digitization, best practices for transferring content to more current media, and on why it is important for both preservation and access purposes.

After a lunch break, Mr. Perry will give a hands-on workshop on the use of digital camera equipment for digitization. Please bring your treasures (letters, photos, certificates, etc.) and try your hand at digitization! Flash drives will be provided.

The program begins at 9 am in Bernheim Hall. At 12 p.m., we will move to the Meeting Room for a lunch break, and from 1 – 3 p.m., we will have the digitization workshop in the Meeting Room. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 494-2172 or email

Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a co-sponsor of this project.