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  • Good afternoon. My name is Julianna Robbins and I’m the Digital Services Librarian at LBPL. Today we’ll introduce our new Long Beach Public Library Digital Archive. By the end of the presentation, you’ll know what’s in the archive, how to access and search the archive, and where to go for more information or help.
  • The LBPL Digital Archive product (ContentPro from Innovative Interfaces) was purchased as part of our new library software package. The Digital Archive work began in late 2009 and launched to the public in early 2010. The Digital Archive is available totally ONLINE; no library card required. The archive consists of 3 main collections: Photos, Yearbooks, and City Directories (see above).
  • The Long Beach Photo collection is growing rapidly. We are adding about 50 fully described photos per week. There were approximately 700 photos as of the end of March. These low-resolution watermarked photos are available for anyone to enjoy. We’ve also scanned high-resolution versions of each image as part of the archive/preservation process.
  • The Long Beach photo collection containsimages from all eras and includes both everday and famous people, and everything from professional aerial shots of historic locations to citizen snapshots. The archive is fully keyword searchable. The metadata (or photo description) meets archive standards (DublinCore).
  • Here are just a few of the many interesting photos available in the Long Beach Public Library Digital Archive. (tailor for each pres.)
  • Don’t forget, you can browse these photos and read the descriptions from anywhere with an internet connection!
  • The Yearbook Collection has high school yearbooks for Jordan, Poly, Wilson. Years covered are the early 1900s – 1950s.
  • The yearbook collection contains individually searchable PDFs. You can browse, keyword search, save, or print from these PDF files. See above.
  • The LB City Directories Collection contains city directories from the early 1900s to the 1960s. These directories contain residential and business listings. Search by address or name. These are text searchable PDF files, just like the yearbooks. PDFs may take a few minutes to open as they are large files (this example over 700 pages). Note: Keyword searchable, to the extent that the text could be successfully read by company who scanned them. (These files were outsourced a few years ago).
  • There are multiple ways to discover materials in the Digital Archive. Options include: 1. From, see the News item. 2. From > Mouse over Library Catalog menu at left > Digital Archive. 3. Discover yearbooks, city directories, and photos in our library power search tool, Encore (point out Encore power search button/link), the same place you discover books, movies, and music from the library (also under the Library Catalog menu at left).
  • To search for materials in the LBPL Digital Archive right withinEncore (LBPL’s power search), you can do a keyword search, then click on Images at top OR LBPL Digital Archive on left (under Location) to refine your search. Then, click on the title for more info or click on Go to this record to go directly to the image in the Digital Archive itself.
  • The records have almost exactly the same metadata in both Encore & the Digital Archive. Encore also includes social features like community tags & star ratings, plus access to similar library materials of all formats. The LBPL Digital Archive is “no-nonsense” search of just digital materials. Our LBPL History webpage has more info about the LB History collection, including how to order ordering hi-res images (with a handy downloadable PDF form) & info about using images for educational purposes (yes, it’s allowed, but please credit the LBPL Digital Archive).
  • For more information, we invite you to watch the short LBPL Digital Archive video on LBPL’s YouTube channel AND to become a FAN of LBPL on Facebook, where we’re posting featured photos from the LBPL Digital Archive each week, with great feedback (see above). Also, we’ve issued a press release and we plan to do several presentations around the city.
  • Our Facebook & YouTube accounts are linked from the City’s Social Media page (URL above). Please visit our website for more info ( Feel free to contact us (Julianna and presenter on CLB email).
  • Thank you! Include customized image at end of each presentational
  • Transcript

    • 1. Long Beach Public Library
      Gold Medal Creamery Ad, 1928
    • 2. What is the LBPL Digital Archive?
      50 + Directories
      70 + Yearbooks
      700 + Photos
    • 3. Long Beach Photo Collection
    • 4. Long Beach Photo Collection
    • 5. Long Beach Photo Collection
      Babe Ruth posting bail Long Beach, 1927
      Carl Fletcher & LB Council w/ Douglas team, 1934
    • 6. Long Beach Photo Collection
      Eleanor Roosevelt visits LB, 1961
      Jotham Bixby Family, 1910
    • 7. Yearbook Collection
    • 8. Yearbook Collection
    • 9. City Directory Collection
    • 10. Explore the Digital Archive
    • 11. Explore with Encore !
    • 12. Explore More!
      Encore Power Search: community tags, star ratings, similar materials
      Digital Archive: direct search, low-res downloads and rights, ordering info, more!
    • 13. Sharing & Feedback
    • 14. Questions / More Info
    • 15. Thank You!
      City Council, 1965