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Kalamazoo Public Library debuts 'Digital Lab'

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) A new service at the Kalamazoo Public Library will allow patrons to digitize their old photos and videos.

We wanted to do a digital lab here at KPL for people who want to preserve the past, says Kevin King, head of branch and IT services at KPL. You might have a big box of things, photos, VHS, cassettes, a tape of grandma talking about what it was like growing up, that you want to digitize, that you want to keep forever. We can do that here at The Hub.

The Hub will provide free access to popular software and hardware thats typically out of reach for most people.

It will allow library card holders to utilize technology that's typically too expensive to purchase, including computers, scanners and other high-end programs for photo and video editing.

Trained staff will be on hand to help patrons through the process.

The Hub will be a key extension of the library's Local History Department, which people already use to research family trees, discover historic photos and find old records or articles.

Were hoping a lot of patrons that come in and digitize their photos of Kalamazoo will share them with us in the library, Kind adds. Were hoping to start building a database of photos of Kalamazoo and people who lived in Kalamazoo over the years. Theres a lot of potential in The Hub and were really excited about it.
The Hub plans to host a variety of workshops in the future.

It is now open Tuesdays 3-8pm and Thursdays 10am-3pm.
Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are suggested.

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