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The Memory Lab at Odenton Library
What Is The Memory Lab?
The lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies, phonograph records, and scanning photographs, negatives, and slides.
How It Works
- Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian. We’ll train you on the equipment of your choice. You’ll sign a release form, receive a certificate, and be authorized to use that equipment on your own.
- Schedule your work session. You may book a piece of equipment for 2 hours at a time. Arrive for your work session and check-in at the adult information desk. We'll set up the equipment for you and you'll work on your project independently.
What To Bring
- VHS cassettes
- Phonograph record
Methods Of Saving
- External hard drive
- USB flash drive
- Cloud Storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and others)
Personal Archiving Quick Tips
Take Care Of Your Physical Stuff
- Handle with care! Use clean hands, keep away from food, and do not use paperclips, staples, rubber bands, or adhesives.
- Store in a cool, dry, and dark place where materials could come in contact with direct sunlight, moisture, pests, or temperature extremes. Think: a bedroom closet, not in the basement or attic.
- Use acid-free storage, store flat whenever possible.
Take Care Of Your Digital Stuff
- Label files with consistent and descriptive file names and an organized folder directory. A good file name should include the date in YYYYMMDD format and the name of the event (ex: 20100913ophelia_wedding-001.jpg)
- Save in non-proprietary file types (ex: pdf, tiff, jpg, mov).
- Store files in three geographic locations (ex: laptop, external hard drive, the cloud)
In 2017, the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Odenton Library a grant to build an Innovation Lab. We closed off the room and added power and data to enhance the space for makerspace activities and acquired a 3D printer, sewing machines, and design tools to use in library programs. This is known as our Creation Station. We also wanted to incorporate a meaningful addition for our customers, who we know to be interested in genealogy, storytelling, and history. Inspired by the DC Public Library’s Memory Lab, we decided to create our own.