A 5-star library, as rated in the 2013 edition of Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries and for the sixth consecutive year, The Columbus Metropolitan Library serves the metro area of Columbus, Ohio. It is comprised of a main library and twenty-one branches.
Recently, the library partnered with the Columbus Historical Society to create The Columbus Memory; an online archive of Columbus history. This digital collection is powered by OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software, and it provides access to thousands of images, primary documents, maps, and artifacts.
The goal of Columbus Memory is to work with historical societies, archives, museums, and organizations in the city of Columbus and in Franklin County to digitize items of historical significance.
The digital collection contains 100,000 diverse items such as: school yearbooks from Columbus and Central Ohio that are more than fifty years old, 9,000 postcards from the early 20th century, photographs showcasing the history of Columbus, a collection of maps that illustrates the changes and growth in Ohio and many more items. Items are being added to the collection on an ongoing basis.
[The Columbus Dispatch’s recent article about this collection is available at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2014/01/18/library-builds-portal-to-the-past.html]