Preserving family memories

People can preserve their family memories closer to home with access to equipment and technical support at the Leopold and Newcomb libraries.

Geelong Regional Libraries will launch its Saving Family Stories program at the two new locations on Thursday, February 29, thanks to new library equipment.

New equipment included 12 mobile film scanners, two film and photo video scanner stations, two Super 8 film converters and storage USBs, delivered in sponsorship with Kings Funerals.

Geelong Regional Libraries’ board chair, Liz Pattison, said adding the equipment to the library’s collection was a “huge asset” to the community and the region’s history.

“Geelong Regional Libraries is committed to finding opportunities to celebrate, capture and share the unique histories that exist in our region,” she said.

“Providing innovative and customised collections and services to support our local communities deliver on both commitments through the Saving Family Stories initiative.

“Furthermore, this initiative helps the development of digital literacy in our community by providing free access to technology and support.”

The program will allow the community to scan, save, edit and share old negatives, slides, photographs, video and film footage to preserve family stories for future generations.

Library member Dan O’Meara, 80, has participated in the Belmont Library program and said it allowed him to share his memories with his kids while learning more about technology.

“I’m really looking forward to using the new equipment to transfer all my movies. I don’t think you should ever stop learning,” he said.

“For a fella like me, the library has kept me in touch with people and technology, as well as kept me occupied learning new things.”