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February 2, 2013

Library system gets project grant

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Tonawanda News — “There are things all around us that we take for granted that came from that time and were products of that era,” Conable said. 

The most recent grant, provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will allow the library to press on with the second part of the project by digitizing the items in a searchable inventory.

“We will do some various testing as to how the public could access our resources,” Conable said. “We are thinking about creating an app ... when you see a building, perhaps, your smartphone would pick up your location that will give you the historical information we have on the structure ... historical photographs, who built it, when it was built, what used to be there.” 

Civic engagement programs will also be held thanks to the grant money.

“The depression is just far enough away, that if people are still alive, they were just little children,” Conable said. “They don’t have a lot of knowledge about it. We hope to bring it back to the forefront. How many of the issues we are struggling with today are similar? Let’s see if we can find new solutions.” 

Conable said she is hoping the project will set the library system up for the digitized future, and keep the system relevant in today’s ever-changing world.

“We hope to bring people together to expose them to resources for lifelong learning,” she said. “This is a huge opportunity for the library, we are very excited about it.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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