Monday, March 09, 2009

Ohio Memory – Next Generation website launches

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Thanks to Marsha McDevitt-Stredney for her posting on the public Gen-Librarian's mailing list.

The State Library of Ohio and Ohio Historical Society are pleased to announce the March 2nd launch of the Ohio Memory – Next Generation website (www.ohiomemory.org). The website, a redesign of the Ohio Memory project, features 75,000 historical images and information from 330 archives, historical societies, libraries and museums. The new site has been improved to make it easier to find and contribute images, information, and documents. Users can search and browse all collections or an individual collection by subject, place or contributor.

“People are used to one-stop shopping and retrieval of information. The new website allows users to find documents, portraits, and photographs on any given subject quickly and easily,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “It is wonderful that our partnership with the Ohio Historical Society allowed us to move our collections to a new and improved platform.”

The Ohio Memory – Next Generation site is a collaborative project of the State Library of Ohio and Ohio Historical Society. In addition to all of the resources on the original website, the State Library has contributed part of its Ohio documents digital collection that includes a vast selection of publications produced on the web by state agencies. The publications include many annual reports, health and population statistics, natural resources guides and pamphlets including: Trails for Ohioans a plan for the future, 20 Questions to ask a lender or mortgage broker, and 2006 population estimates for cities, villages & townships.

“We are beginning to scan print materials from our rare Ohio state government collection. The staff is scanning annual reports from the 1800s to early 1900s. Current titles include: Annual Report of the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors Orphans’ Home; Ohio Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb; and Annual Reports of Longview Hospital,” said Jim Buchman, head of Patron & Catalog Services at the State Library of Ohio. “These publications include rosters of individuals and will be of interest to the genealogy community.” For example, a recently scanned document is the Known military dead during the Spanish American War and the Philippines Insurrection, 1898-1901.

Ohio Memory began as a state bicentennial project in 2000 to build a searchable database of digital images celebrating Ohio’s history. Hundreds of historical societies, museums and libraries from all over Ohio contributed more than 25,000 images to the project. The collection continues to grow. “The [new] site increases access to Ohio’s past and the individual stories that make up the fabric of our nation’s and Ohio’s history,” said Angela O’Neil, manager of Preservation and Access Services at the Ohio Historical Society.

The Ohio Memory project was originally funded by the Ohio Public Library Information Network, Ohio Bicentennial Commission and a federal Institute for Museum and Library Services/Library Services Technology Act grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more information contact Jim Buchman, Head Patron & Catalog Services, State Library of Ohio: jbuchman@sloma.state.oh.us