Posted on March 12, 2019 at 6:00 am
Is your family history collecting dust in a closet? Have a box of slides from Grandpa’s 1978 trip to Europe? How about those little 8mm film reels in their tiny cardboard boxes?
If you have photos, film reels, or slides stashed away, now is the time to pull them out!
Perhaps Mom’s birthday is coming up, and you want to make a digital slide show out of family photos for her. The Library District can help with that!
We have launched Project Memory, a new service available at our North Spokane and Spokane Valley Libraries. This project includes the tools, and equipment to transfer your home photos and videos to more modern formats. It also includes librarians and library staff who know how to use the equipment and can show you how.
You can make an appointment online with a librarian to learn how to work on your own memory project with our Book-a-Librarian service.
During your appointment, a library staff person will show you how to use the library’s equipment to convert your photos, videos, film, and sound recordings to digital files on the computer. Once you feel comfortable with the machines, you can schedule additional times to come in use them independently. Come in as often as you need to until your project is done.
We can help you convert the following formats:
Not sure what format your memories are in? Check out this handy guide from the National Archives. Still not sure? Bring a sample of your media to the library, and we will do our best to identify it together.
Sadly, there’s a limit to everything. We currently cannot help you transfer the following formats:
But stay tuned! We hope to purchase equipment that can handle these in the future.
Project Memory is intended to help you transfer your personal recordings and photos to new formats for personal use. Replicating copyrighted materials, such as popular CDs or commercially made VHS tapes, is a violation of federal copyright law, in most cases. Librarians will not help you reproduce anything that appears to be commercially produced media.
For you techies out there, here is a list of our Project Memory equipment.
If you have boxes full of photos, reels of film, or VHS tapes sitting in a closet or storage, then consider getting started with Project Memory today! It only takes a couple minutes to Book a Librarian.
Just think, when you are done with your own memory project at the library, you’ll have so much to share with friends and loved ones right to their devices!
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