The end of June marked the end of a year-long $68,000 Digitization Grant awarded to the North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library, by the State Library of North Carolina, made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The main part of the grant enabled us to begin the scanning of our Six Associates Architectural Collection. As of today, over 7,000 architectural drawings have been added to our database and are available to view online.
A special part of this grant was also the purchase of a new web publishing software system, Presto for DB/TextWorks. This robust upgrade to our software will give us more internet visibility and will allow us to provide quicker and more user-friendly searches and image delivery. The North Carolina Room staff worked for several months with a Presto software instructor to learn how to create and use the new software.
The NC Collections online database may be offline for just a few days while Buncombe County IT installs the new system, and we plan to go live with the new site in mid-July.
We hope you will like it. Please feel free to call or email us if you have questions. Below is a teaser–a screen shot of our new home page.