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Library Unveils New Digital Collections Site

05/20/2013

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) holds rare and unique treasures in its Special Collections area. These materials, which document the history and culture of the Pikes Peak region, are now more accessible to the public with the release of PPLD’s new Digital Collections website at ppld.org/digital-collections. The site allows anyone with Internet access to search, view, and hear digitized versions of selected PPLD photographs, manuscripts, archival records, maps, audio recordings, films, and more.

“As part of the Library District’s 21st Century Library initiative, we hope to take many of our unique historical collections and make them more widely available to the public by using today’s latest technology,” said Paula Miller, PPLD Executive Director. “It’s important for the general public, students and scholars to have these primary source documents easily accessible for study and enjoyment. These materials contain the fascinating, often untold, story of our community.”

The new website is a powerful database that allows any kind of digital object to be searched and displayed. PPLD has been engaged in digitizing photographs and audio recordings for the past several years. While PPLD has had a site dedicated to its digital photograph collections, the new site will not be limited to photographs but will allow a variety of other formats to be made available.

“These collections deserve to be in the public arena, so that they can help generate important research and discussion about the past, the present and the future of the Pikes Peak region,” said Tim Blevins, manager of PPLD’s Special Collections. “The public library has always been a place where learning and civic engagement have gone hand in hand. By providing ‘virtual’ access to these collections, we hope that they will inspire a wider audience.”

The digital collections will continue to grow as the Library digitizes more and more of its important historical materials. Of course, the original, physical versions of PPLD’s Special Collections will remain on the shelves and open to the public in the 1905 Carnegie Library at 20 N. Cascade Ave.