This guest blog post was written by Martina Soden, Collection/Metadata Manager of the Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives
Scranton Public Library takes a large role in our community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We have a strong competent, skilled staff who jump at the chance to create or organize something first. In 2008 the Scranton Public Library wrote and received an LSTA grant to create a group to look at and think about creating an online digital collection of items. A small group of local historical societies, museums and government groups were invited to attend. With the help of Lyrasis, these organizations determined that the period of 1850-1865 was perfect for all the parties.
This partnership includes The Lackawanna Historical Society, the Anthracite Heritage Museum, The Scranton Times-Tribune, Steamtown National Historic Site, the University of Scranton Weinberg Library, and the Scranton Public Library. While we were unable to get a second LSTA grant to fund the digitization and creation of the Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives, we were able to receive funds from an outside funding organization. These funds were used to scan many documents, and buy the software and license to ContentDM. Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives was created and since this first collection we have added nine new collections using our connections with our original partners. Please visit us at http://content.lackawannadigitalarchives.org/cdm or find our items on the Digital Public Library of America at https://dp.la/.