April 27, 2020

Library launches new historic preservation tool enabling customers to upload their own photos to digital collection

CML seeks images of central Ohio during COVID-19 pandemic

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has launched My Upload, a new historic preservation tool that enables customers to upload their own photos to CML’s My History digital collection.

CML’s My History digital collection includes digitized photographs, postcards, newspaper articles and other documents that help tell the story of central Ohio. It is free to access at columbuslibrary.org.

“The creation of this tool has been on our wish list for quite some time,” said Angela O’Neal, manager of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Local History & Genealogy division at Main Library. Its development is the result of a $25,200 grant awarded last year from LYRASIS, a nonprofit membership organization based in Atlanta.

With this new tool, CML is seeking:

  • Photos of historic buildings or homes in central Ohio
  • Old photos of Columbus businesses, events, places or people
  • Images of central Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic

When customers share their historical items, they are preserved for future generations and become accessible for teachers, students and the public.

CML last week received its first digital image via My Upload, depicting the marquee outside Fairmoor Elementary School in east Columbus displaying closed messaging due to the pandemic.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.