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Help digitize Queens County’s history

New virtual library for South Shore launched

QUEENS COUNTY – People in Queens County can now contribute to a virtual library through South Shore Public Libraries.
The whole thing began when South Shore Public Libraries had an in-house digitization project with the Bridgewater Bulletin. When Troy Myers, chief librarian of South Shore Public Libraries, came across old copies of the newspaper, he and the publication decided to digitize the material.
The project took about four years.
“It became a real labour of love, but we finally digitized the entire run,” explained Myers.
The library also received permission to share the collection with the community.
“We then had to find a format where we could share that, so we found a vendor in Dartmouth who helped us create what we call our virtual collections now,” said Myers.
And then the wheels kept turning, and he started to wonder: “If that’s out there, what else is out in the community?”
That’s how the idea to create a space to build an online collection came about.
South Shore Public Libraries is encouraging people to go through old documents and photos, and other things that might be important to the community, and bring them forward to add to the collection.
“We want to make is easy for them to get it up there,” said Myers.
The idea is for the community to help curate the virtual library.
Eric Pottie, librarian at the Thomas H. Raddall Library, is encouraging people from Queens County to add local content.
Visit https://collections.southshorepubliclibraries.ca/sspl-communitycollections to see the virtual library.

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