This series of brief webinars illuminates the behind-the-scenes work that is done to make digital collections available on the New York Heritage Digital Collections website. Interviews with the professional staff reveal stories from the archives, how materials were chosen as digital projects, and the impact the collections have in interpreting the past.
Jim Gandy, Librarian and Archivist at the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs, will discuss the Research Center's use of remote volunteers around the country to increase access to the collection. These volunteers transcribe diaries, letters and oral histories, as well index rosters. He will also talk about the methods used to re-format the 2,200+ oral histories in order to upload them to YouTube.
New York Heritage Digital Collections, created and maintained by the Empire State Library Network, promotes access to the wealth of historical resources held by cultural heritage institutions—so that inquiring minds can learn more about the people, places, and events that contributed to the making of New York State. Visit us at nyheritage.org.