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Digitise, share and preserve precious family memories at the library

Wednesday 27 July 2022

In partnership with Kings Funerals, we are proud to launch Saving Family Stories.

Sponsorship from Kings Funerals has enabled us to purchase 10 mobile film scanners, which will form part of our ‘Library of Things’. The scanners will be available for library members to borrow through the library catalogue for use at home.

From August, introductory sessions will be held at Belmont Library allowing community members to explore and learn how to use the equipment with specialist library staff. Library members can book the mobile scanners to work on their own digitisation projects at their own pace

In addition, customers will have access at Belmont Library to a stationary scanner (also used for digitising slides, negatives and photos) and equipment enabling the transfer of video footage from VHS and DVD format to digital files.

The new equipment will complement existing family history resources available through the GRLC, including genealogy PCs and specialist family history support and programs delivered by the team at Kim barne thaliyu/Geelong Heritage Centre.

We are committed to finding opportunities to celebrate, capture and share the unique histories that exist in our region, and providing innovative and customised collections and services to support our local communities. Through the Saving Family Stories initiative, we deliver on both these commitments.

We are extremely grateful to Kings Funerals for their support of this project. Through our partnership with Kings Funerals we can help local people to explore and preserve their family, as well as our local, history. This initiative helps the development of digital literacy in our community by providing free access to technology and support.

You can reserve a mobile scanner through our online catalogue, or speak with a team member at your local library for more information.

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