August 14, 2019

Library receives grant funding for new digital preservation tool

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has been awarded a $25,200 grant from LYRASIS, a nonprofit membership organization based in Atlanta. The funding is provided for CML to enhance its digital preservation abilities with the development and implementation of a new tool called My Upload.

When completed, My Upload will automate the process of contributing digital images to CML’s My History digital collection. Currently, customers contributing digital images need to fill out physical paperwork to accompany them, a process that can be cumbersome for both customers and staff. This new online tool will streamline the submission process, enabling customers to contribute their digital images, along with descriptions and rights of use information, all in one digital environment.

“The creation of this tool has been on our wish list for quite some time,” says Angela O’Neal, manager of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Local History & Genealogy division at Main Library. “It will really strengthen our continued efforts to engage with our customers and chronicle the history of our community.”

CML hopes to unveil My Upload next year.

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.

LYRASIS is a 501 c 3 nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to support enduring access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide. LYRASIS organizational and staff values are: communication, respect, collaboration, impact and service. Visit lyrasis.org.

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.