Communities working collaboratively to preserve heritage in the age of the internet and mobile :: Smita Biswas, Tauranga City Libraries Presentation Transcript
Recording the memories of your communities Through the stories of its people, events and places In the Tauranga Memories project By Smita Biswas Collections and Information Manager Tauranga City Library
Tauranga Memories an online digital ‘knowledge basket’ set up as an independent Kete to capture the spirit of Tauranga and its communities.
Why did we choose Kete ?
Tried and tested, Web 2 features, easy to use
Affordable as TCL was not part of APNK and could not afford a separate database to get valuable collection of over 6,000 historic Photographs of local places and people of Tauranga and Bay of Plenty online.
Community of Tauranga would be able to contribute rich local content
This project was done in house, at extremely low cost, without involving our council IT.
Colour and Culture of New Zealand’s Multi Ethnic communities
Recording community events Greek Dance 2007 Tauranga Multicultural Council event http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/tauranga_regional_multicultural_council_inc/video/show/1-greek-dance-tauranga-regional-multicultural-council-2007-event
History recorded live – a digital story from the site .
Marketing it to your community
Free hosting , no limit on the size of content
Their content is protected by creative commons license
Easy to use, no web or HTML skills required
Has the familiar web2 functionality of My Space or Face book
Archived permanently as part of New Zealand's Digital history
Staff resources/ training
No marketing done after the initial publicity
Spreading word by mouth
No dedicated library staff ( considered part of other duties)
We provide an initial 1 hr training and support to set up the basket or page
Extra support provided if required, however most of our regularly contributors seem to be doing pretty well on their own
Volunteers are coming forward to assist
Kete Hamilton have been contacted by an author wanting to use a Iraqi refugee story as a resource for his book Christchurch earthquake Kete is collecting and preserving Canterbury earthquake stories and pictures Tauranga Memories contributing valuable historical images and stories of BOP including documenting the Rena disaster These projects are on its way to becoming a useful source for historians in the future. Successes
Questions ?? Reference : “Biswas, S & McCormick, R : Reaching our communities Digitally through the Kete Hamilton project” – published in Library Life, Issue 339 — September 2009 http://www.lianza.org.nz/publications/library-life/pdfs/LL339Sep09.pdf [email_address]