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8 June 2016 - 1:19pm | by Gary Lutz

In 2014, the Patchogue-Medford Library decided to enhance, expand, and unify our digitization efforts. The result was Digital PML, a digital collection repository that we built from scratch and completely within our library walls.

For many years, we have been committed to digitizing our rare and eclectic local history materials to increase community access and to support genealogical and historical research. This includes our Flickr-based historic photograph collection, Records of Men from Patchogue and Vicinity Who Took Part in the World War, and the many items presented on the website of our Celia M. Hastings Local History Room.

6 May 2016 - 12:03pm | by Gary Lutz

In 2000, the Patchogue-Medford Library published a book that told the story of the library's first hundred years. In 2013, the time seemed right to tell that story once more in a new medium: video.

New Technology Brings New Opportunities

With the increasing availability, democratization, and inexpensiveness of high-quality motion picture equipment and with the pervasive popularity of video sharing sites, libraries now have incredible opportunities. Promotion, publicity, and advocacy can now be off the printed page and into a new medium. Having already completed several other short video projects, the library decided to take on a more expansive video project that would tell a full story.

At the centennial of our library, our local history librarian wrote a book for children and their parents about the library's history. The Library Story was printed and published by our library.

In connection with our library's forthcoming expansion back into our original Carnegie Library building, the time seemed right to tell that story once more in another medium.

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