Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery brings digital collections to life with interactive video wall

Earlier this year, the Cleveland Public Library installed an interactive touch, video wall to help patrons learn about local history through resources in the library’s Digital Gallery, which is powered by OCLC’s CONTENTdm.

With CONTENTdm, you can increase the visibility of your digital collections and make them more discoverable. CONTENTdm allows you to store, edit and display your digital collections, so you can showcase them online and share them with the world.

The Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery offers direct access to selected resources from the collections of the Cleveland Public Library. It contains materials in a variety of formats that highlight the city of Cleveland, the history of the Cleveland Public Library and subjects such as: art, architecture, baseball, chess and African-American history and culture. Items in the collections include photographs, books, manuscripts, high school yearbooks, audio recordings, architectural plans and more.

The video wall is comprised of high-definition LCD panels from Christie Digital Systems Canada that provide an impressive 36-square-foot, almost seamless digital canvas to showcase the library’s Digital Gallery. 

“A video wall in itself is not unique, but the additional facet of multi-touch capability through the Interactivity Kit allows visitors to manipulate our collections in a new way, to play with them, to encounter the materials using a different set of senses beyond the visual,” said Chatham Ewing, Digital Library Strategist, Cleveland Public Library. “The images are larger; the maps are much more dramatic and easier to see with the Christie flat panels. Visitors get a more ‘real,’ more memorable impression of what we’re doing and this makes it easier for people to discover Cleveland and its history,” said Ewing.

The library also offers events around digital collections and the video wall. Last month, it had a digital time capsule event where participants created their own time capsules to be digitized and put on display on the video wall. The participants also had a chance to see the library’s digitization process.

View the LIVE DESIGN post about this video wall.