Ohio libraries turn historical documents digital

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public libraries across Ohio are helping create a statewide network of "digitization hubs" through which important historical materials will be scanned, cataloged and shared.

The effort involves library systems in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. It is underwritten in part by a $760,000 grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has announced it will use its latest installment of funding primarily to purchase equipment such as a large-format scanner and a book scanner, and for digital storage.

The aim of the statewide project is to capture historical resources at participating institutions in a digital format that can be made available to other libraries, museums, archives and local communities.

The project is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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