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The Yakima Memory Project
In July of 2001, the Yakima Valley Regional Library and Yakima Valley Museum began a project titled Yakima Memory. This project involves the digitization of approximately 9,000 photographs in two collections, and provides access to the new digitized collections via the internet. The intention of this project is to provide easier access to the photograph collections for study while securing a method of preservation and conservation.

The Yakima Memory project was selected by the Washington State Digital Images Initiative:

The Digital Images Initiative was established to focus on creating grant funding opportunities for libraries and heritage organizations to collaboratively build statewide access to digital image collections.

The grant addresses the following priorites:

  • Establishing and enhancing electronic linkages among or between libraries and heritage organizations by fostering common indexes to digital resources.

  • Assisting libraries in accessing information through electronic networks.

  • All digital collections created through the grant projects will be accessible via the Web.

  • Encouraging libraries (and heritage organizations) in different areas and encouraging different types of libraries to establish consortia and share resources. Successful grant projects will include collaboration between libraries, or libraries and heritage groups.

  • Paying costs for libraries to acquire or share computer systems and telecommunications technologies. Computer systems that support common digital indexes and search portals will be shared and will necessarily be interoperable.

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