Friday, March 2, 2012

Logro agridulce

For the past nine months I have had the great pleasure assisting with the creation of the Washington County Heritage Online digital collection. Funded by a LSTA grant, the collection brings together cultural organizations from across Washington County in the creation of a digital photograph collection. Specifically, I have been cataloging images donated by Centro Cultural, the county's foremost Latino community organization. Being trusted with their photographs was an honor, and I am very proud of this collection. Working with another volunteer, we have selected, digitized, restored and wrote metadata for about 900 images - all depicting Centro Cultural's contributions to Washington County.

Photographed by Francisco Rangel. Copyright held by Centro Cultural.
Now that the project is over, it is a little sad for this experience to come to an end. I really enjoyed working in the Pacific University Archives. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to see a project through from start to finish. And I hate to admit it, but I am also going to miss the two hour (one way) bus/train/bus ride out to Forest Grove. It was a wonderful opportunity for contemplation and reading. I think I read more books since starting this gig than I did while working a Borders Bookstore.

Although my time with this collection has come to an end, I know there are many more organizations who are ready and willing to contribute more photographs to this collection, and I am really excited to see watch this collection grow.

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